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Into the Issues

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues; professor, University of Kentucky   Adapted from remarks at “Journalists in the Hot Seat: Staying safe in a hostile political climate,” a panel discussion at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications convention in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 9. (The discussion was telecast on C-SPAN and is available […]

Publication of Fort Knox newspaper will end Sept. 27

From The News-Enterprise The weekly newspaper serving Fort Knox will cease publication this month. A front-page article in last Thursday’s edition of The Gold Standard announced the decision. The Sept. 27 paper will be the final print edition after 70 years of operation under three names. The Public Affairs Office said it “aims to build upon that legacy of excellence as we […]

Obituary: Ken Hoskins

Kenneth R. Hoskins, 73, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6th, 2018, at Jewish Hospital. Ken was a 1967 graduate and supporter of the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He worked for the Associated Press at newspapers around the country including the Courier Journal. He transitioned into KY State Government where he […]

Upcoming live webinars from newspaperacademy.com

  Ed Henninger: My 50 Most Important Tips to Improve Your Newspaper Design September 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Eastern / 10:00 Central / 9:00 Pacific 75 Minutes! Save $20! (Register now for $59) When it comes to newspaper design, there’s no bigger name than Ed Henninger. In this expanded session (most sessions are 45 minutes), Ed will discuss the most important […]

Unfinished Business: Juveniles and Justice conference scheduled for Oct. 4-5

Thanks to additional funding support,  the Center on Media Crime and Justice is able to extend its deadline for applications to John Jay’s juvenile justice reporting fellowships to Sept. 17.  I wanted to let you know that our application site has been retimed accordingly. Details, applications forms are available here. Recapping my original note, On Oct 4-5, 2018, we will […]

Who’s your friend?

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting I’m a friendly guy. Most people who know me genuinely like me…and I like them.. I can be a strong friend. I can stand by you when you need me to. I can help you when you’ve got a problem. I can just be there by your side when you need support. But…I can also […]

Democracy Fund Re-Launches Engaged Journalism Lab

By Rachael Garcia, Editor & Publisher   In an effort to gain American’s trust in media again, Democracy Fund is re-launching its Engaged Journalism Lab. The Lab will focus on the organizations and people helping build more meaningful, trusted relationships with their communities using audience-driven storytelling. While there have been previous efforts to improve how news outlets interact with the […]

Tread carefully when requiring down payment for democracy

By Jim Pumarlo My hometown newspaper instituted a new policy requiring that readers “pay” for the First Amendment right to express, and explain why, who or what they support or oppose at the voting booth. The newspaper is sadly is not the first and won’t be the last to begin charging readers for election endorsement letters. As a former editor, […]

Audience engagement could be key to a more satisfied newsroom: 4 takeaways to consider

By Matt Dulin, Reynolds Journalism Institute In a recent survey of more than 100 journalists, I found that journalists are more satisfied and find their work more meaningful and significant when they practiced audience engagement, which I defined as using social media and analytics, as part of their job. Unlike other tasks that have been piled onto journalists that might […]

EU votes to protect publishers from copyright infringement; would include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, similar platforms

By Hamza Shaban The European Parliament approved changes to digital copyright rules Wednesday designed to protect the content of publishers and artists on the Web, advancing a contentious battle between tech companies and creative industries over the future of free expression and intellectual property online. The Parliament voted 438 to 226 to allow news outlets to claim payments from tech platforms […]


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