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Messenger and Inquirer get exposure on American Pickers

Antique Archaeology, known on TV as the American Pickers show, visited the Owensboro area, specifically a drag strip. It originally aired in 2016 but was repeated last week as part of an American Pickers marathon. Watch and listen closely (to the link below) and you’ll hear about the drag strip owner’s penchant for news, specifically local news through the pages […]

Legal Defense Fund well past $700,000

In writing the history of KPA for our 150th anniversary, there are some things we have to get together for John Nelson. He’s moving decade by decade and with a question he posed this week, he’s getting pretty close to the end of those 150 years. John wanted to know how much KPA has awarded newspapers through the Legal Defense […]

This weekend, kick off summer with a celebration of all things BBQ!

We’ve posted a news release on this Bluegrass BBQ Fest at www.accesskpa.com for Smiley Pete Publishing The second annual Bluegrass BBQ Fest will take place THIS Friday, June 8 (5-11 p.m.) and THIS Saturday, June 9 (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington! Admission is FREE to this family-friendly event, with parking available at lots of nearby […]

The plural of emoji is? AP Stylebook releases 2018 edition

What’s the plural of emoji, and how should they be quoted in news stories? Guidance for emoji (yes, that’s the plural usage) and a new entry on marijuana are among 200 new and updated entries to the 2018 Associated Press Stylebook, released Wednesday. The 2018 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook was released last week. It includes nearly 200 new […]

If you own a Volvo, take it back!

The attached made its rounds among state press association staff members yesterday with some of the comments not suitable for print. Check out this link and you’ll see why. It’s all in the first 15 seconds!! Read, don’t just watch.

Ya gotta have a plan

  By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting In one of my recent weekly Henninger Helpful Hints, I mentioned that it was important to have a consistent position for the jumps from page 1. “Decide where your jumps will go,” I said, “and then put them there in every issue. That’s right, every issue. You can do this if you plan your […]

The hidden costs of losing your city’s newspaper

By Kriston Capps, CityLab When local newspapers shut their doors, communities lose out. People and their stories can’t find coverage. Politicos take liberties when it’s nobody’s job to hold them accountable. What the public doesn’t know winds up hurting them. The city feels poorer, politically and culturally. According to a new working paper, local news deserts lose out financially, too. […]

Kentucky Tax Reform: Big changes for the business community are on the horizon

 By Daniel Mudd, Member of Frost Brown Todd’s Tax Law Practice Group, providing Tax Law Defined™ Kentucky legislative sessions are always full of twists, turns, and surprises, but the 2018 Regular Session was particularly surprising not just because “tax reform” legislation was passed, but also because of the unusual manner it was done.  Although not a full-scale reform, two pieces […]

Who’s the boss? Examining the data on the backgrounds of the top editors at newspapers with a daily and/or weekend circulation greater than 50,000

The editors of 135 of the country’s biggest English-language newspapers are a well-educated bunch: Almost a third have an advanced degree, and they attended private high schools at nearly twice the national rate. But the idea that they’re all coastal parachuters is a myth. Many still work in the same area where they grew up or graduated. Check Their Privilege […]

Birthday Club email secures $80K+ in sponsorship revenue

By Matt Coen, Second Street The Northwest Florida Daily News is a 20,000 circulation paper out of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The staff has been using email and newsletters for quite some time, but had never tried out a birthday campaign. Diane Winnermuller, publisher, saw an opportunity to develop a year-long campaign, and after talking to the local markets, decided […]


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