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Bill in Congress would make online access to federal court records free

ATLANTA (CN) — House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would remove online paywalls and make federal court records free to the public. PACER, as the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system is otherwise known, currently charges between 10 cents and $3 for most searches, page views and PDF document downloads. That would change under the Electronic Court […]

Prove it with prototyping: How to test your ideas and focus your innovation

By James Gordon, Reynolds Journalism Institute Through prototyping, you and your teammates can get ideas out of your heads and into the hands of potential users. The sooner users get a hands-on experience, the more time you have to gather feedback and experiment with your design. You can then make smarter decisions about how to focus. We recently made something […]

Hardware, software investments will pay off over time and increase efficiency

By Kevin Slimp There’s a question I get asked a lot by friends, colleagues and audience members at conferences. There are variations, but they all go something like, “How do you find time to do everything that you do?” I usually just answer with something like, “I never sleep” or “I don’t know. I’ve always done a dozen things at […]

Your Executive Committee and KPA/KPS Board of Directors

We’re beginning a new year in KPA as we continue celebrating our 150th anniversary. Some of you haven’t seen the directory and might be wondering just who it is that’s running the association and Kentucky Press Service. Below are the pictures of the five officers, the Executive Committee as they are known. And then below the picture is a list […]

District 6 nomination process winding down

We’re in the mode of a Special Election in District 6 to fill the seat vacated when Joel Christopher left the Courier-Journal and took over the editorial helm at the Knoxville News Sentinel. The deadline for nominations is noon today. One person has been nominated and if no additional nominations are received, the Special Election will be resolved with that […]

Campbellsville offering online courses to KPA members at a discount

Looking for some college credit classes? Want to learn about digital and social media, digital reporting, visual journalism, marketing or public relations? Then Campbellsville University has a deal for you. It’s offering up to 43 fully online programs, with three certificates, six Associates, 12 Bachelors and 22 Graduate courses to KPA member newspaper employees with a 10 percent discount. There’s […]

Have you considered VOIP? If not, it might be worth looking into

It was a pretty simple suggestion. During the Fall Board Retreat and presenting the draft of the KPA and KPS budgets to the board of directors, we got to the “Telephone” line item. It showed a pretty substantial amount, all based on an average of $540 per month in telephone charges. That included the line service to the central office […]

The Bourbon Boom

Doesn’t have anything to do with the newspaper industry as such, but I guess you’ve read the news about the booming bourbon industry in the Bluegrass. That reminds me of the sign in the bar of the Marriott East. If you were at the 2019 KPA 150th Anniversary Convention, perhaps you saw the sign. It read: “In Kentucky, there are […]

AP Stylebook publishes new guide on sports gambling

Could be useful if Kentucky legislature legalizes sports wagering during 2019 session To help with spellings and usage in coverage of sports gambling, The Associated Press has compiled an editorial guide of essential terms and definitions. Most terms are from the Sports Guidelines section and other entries in the AP Stylebook, including several recent additions. Others are common usage in […]

Ohio association honors Max Heath

Max Heath received the Willie Maxwell Award, named for the editor of the first newspaper in Ohio (1793, when it was still Northwest Territory), for service to the industry. Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio News Media Association, said, “Thank God for Max Heath” and said other state press associations, when asked, responded heavily “about the difference Max has […]

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