About David Thompson

Nearly $200,000 in KPA/KPS Member Benefits

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

In the article about just shy of $3 million, I list four member benefits that are provided through dues and the commission to KPS on advertising we place. I did a quick calculation just so you could see where the money is going. Those four services — (a) internships, (b) KPA Freedom of Information Hotline, (c) Kentucky Press News Service […]

On Second Thought gets a facelift

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

After about 220 weeks of mostly straight text, a few pictures and some artwork, On Second Thought was stale. What started in 1994 as “Friday Fax to the Board” graduated to “Friday Email to the Board” when technology arrived and then “On Second Thought” was born. As Board members served their time and went back to focusing on their paid […]

Kentucky dachshunds aren’t just for kids

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

A note this week from Leigh Anne Florence, author of the Woody books and KPA’s annual fall chapter series, shows it’s not just young school-age kids reading the adventures of Woody and Chloe: “Thought I would forward this email I received. We have been so busy with school visits and I have been behind in sending these. “We had a […]

Help promote Pulse of Kentucky study; get readership survey results

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

It’s been a few years since KPA did a statewide readership survey. Want to know how Kentuckians rate newspapers against radio and TV? Want to find what sections readers go to? Want to find out how many people have read a newspaper in the last 24 hours? The last week? Want information to take to clients and show them the […]

Bluegrass SPJ hosts panel on Presidential Election

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

The Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ held a panel discussion November 15 on the Presidential Election. The event took place in the Whitehall Classroom building on the UK campus. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the SPJ Chapter’s panel discussion, “The 2016 Presidential Election: What Did Journalists Get Right?” you can watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/SPJBluegrass/ There were a few […]

Internship apps ready for newspapers eligible, Associates members

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

KPA member newspapers participating in the Kentucky Statewide Classified Program are qualified to apply for a Kentucky Journalism Foundation intern each summer. The KPA Associates Division also awards up to three internships each year in public relations. Those students will work with a KPA Associates member based in Kentucky. Ninety KPA newspapers are enrolled in the classified network. Those newspapers […]

Mark your calendar: January 19-21, 2017, Marriott East, Louisville

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

January isn’t that far away so it’s time to start making your plans for the 2017 KPA Winter Convention. It’s set for January 19 – 21 at the Marriott East in Louisville. KPA and KIPA will be meeting on Thursday/Friday, January 19-20. On Friday, the Kentucky News Photographers Association will be joining us and KNPA will continue through Saturday, January […]

Billy Reed receives Tom Hammond Sports Media Award

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

  The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award has been awarded to Billy Reed. He joins past winners Jennie Rees, Larry Vaught and Dick Gabriel, Mike Battaglia, Donna Brothers and Kenny Rice. The Mt. Sterling native has spent the better part of 40 years covering major sporting events around the country for such publications as the Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, […]

Time to toss some typefaces

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting (Ed will be appearing at the 2017 KPA Winter Convention on Friday, January 20. Marriott East in Louisville.) Some typefaces are just downright strange. Like Curlz. I just can’t bring myself to believe that someone was serious about designing that one. And there’s Dom Casual. And Hobo. And (of course!) Comic Sans.  You never…ever…use any […]

Sell like you own the place

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

  By Joe Guertin, Streetfighter Selling Selling is the ultimate entrepreneurial career. If you’re paid on commission, YOU decide how much more you’re going to make this year over last. If you’re paid a salary, you can greatly increase your value (to both your current employer AND potential future employers). Because the sales profession generates income for the company, those […]