On Second Thought

It’s not KPNS but AP’s ‘StoryShare’ could fill KPA members’ needs for a news service

KPA members who have missed the Kentucky Press News Service, since it was folded in April, 2020, might have something to replace it in the near future. At its July 16 meeting, the KPA Board...

WKMS News wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

For more information, contact Al Cross, director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues The journalists of WKMS-FM at Murray State University are the winners of the 2021 Al Smith Award, presented for public service...

Open Government: Where is Kentucky headed? Bluegrass SPJ program June 17

From the Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ The recently completed session of the General Assembly threw several scares into journalists and other advocates of open government. The legislature made itself and just about every other part...

NAM’s ‘Relevance Project’ is relevant to you! Check it out

I’ve written a few times about The Relevance Project, a fairly new initiative of the Newspaper Association Managers. That is the group of state, regional and national/provincial press associations across the U.S. and Canada. What...

Worker shortage affects Courier-Journal newspaper delivery

It’s no secret that businesses are having a difficult time finding workers. The pandemic set off work stoppages, closings and scaled back business. Fast food restaurants, grocers and similar retail businesses are still trying to...

While its finances improve, USPS seeks to squeeze more revenue out of mailers

By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance It has been standard practice for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to announce bad news right before a holiday, and this Memorial Day weekend was no exception. On...

Trends creating a sustainable future for news

By Evelyn Mateos, Editor & Publisher Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, newsrooms were diversifying their revenue streams in many creative and innovative ways. However, with advertising being a big casualty of the pandemic, the need...

RCFP statement on Justice Department policy change barring seizure of source information from reporters in leak hunts

From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Following revelations last week that the Justice Department under Presidents Trump and Biden had sought to secretly seize the email records of four New York Times reporters...

Sharpen your editing with these press releases

By Jim Pumarlo Jim Pumarlo is former editor of the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. He writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to...

Maybe you wouldn’t buy a used car from this guy but you can trust him to teach your staff InDesign

Kevin Slimp: 90 Minutes of InDesign Basics for Newspapers & Magazines Thursday, June 17 2 pm – 3:30 pm EDT/1 pm – 2:30 pm CDT $69 So many newspaper designers learned software basics on their own, missing many...

Local papers and grocery stores face common problems

By Peter Wagner, N’West Iowa Review Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award-winning N’West Iowa REVIEW and nine additional newspapers and shoppers. He often is called The Idea Man and has been...

Justice Dept. to stop seizure of reporters’ records

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters’ records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. The...

Kentucky’s two largest groups now one as Paxton Media purchases Landmark Community Newspapers

Paxton Media Group, based in Paducah, announced Tuesday the purchase of Landmark Community Newspapers LLC, a chain of daily and weekly newspapers based in Shelbyville. The deal, which was finalized this week, includes the purchase...

Morehead State to hold journalism camp

‘Power Your Story’ summer journalism camp to be held June 21- July 2 The Morehead Writing Project will offer an online summer journalism camp, “Power Your Story,” June 21-July 2. Students in eighth grade through...

How local news organizations are taking steps to recover from a year of trauma

We are working on a story detailing how KPA newspapers plan to ‘get back to normalcy’ or what the future holds. Comments from newspapers have been trickling in so we hope to have a better...

Committee to Protect Journalists launches ‘Police and the Press: What comes next?’ audio feature

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker shows 14 incidents in Louisville The past year saw an unprecedented number of attacks on journalists covering protests in the U.S. The majority of documented cases involve alleged police abuse. What...

USA TODAY’s new ‘Never Been Told’ project seeks to spotlight the untold stories of people of color

USA TODAY launched a new yearlong network project last week, “Never Been Told: The Lost History of People of Color,” to elevate, through deeply reported investigative and explanatory journalism, the people, places and ideas that...

Rash of graffiti strikes downtown Bowling Green including the Daily News

By John Reecer, Bowling Green Daily News The Bowling Green Police Department is looking for a suspect after a rash of graffiti messages were found throughout the downtown area Friday morning. BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie...

Big changes ahead for the College Heights Herald but they come with challenges

From Chuck Clark, Director, WKU Student Publications The next big wave of change will come to WKU Student Publications in August, when students return for the Fall 2021 semester – an increased digital presence for...

Senate to consider Postal Service Reform Act of 2021; includes sampling language

The Senate now has its version of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2021, thanks to the leadership of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  S. 1720 was introduced by HSGAC Chair Gary...