On Second Thought

HB 195 passes House, survives effort to radically change Public Notices and now it’s on to the Senate

House Bill 195, the legislation on Public Notice advertising, was presented to the full House Wednesday afternoon and resulted in a lengthy discussion, some strong comments against subsidizing newspapers with taxpayer money and two floor...

The answer says it all and yes, it really did happen. In Kentucky!!

State Representative Maria Sorolis, D-Jefferson and Oldham counties, re-tweeted this from Bluegrass Politics, a part of the Lexington Herald-Leader. She notes, “And that is the problem.” Representative Sorolis has filed two bills in the current...

SPJ Chapter memorializes Mike Farrell with its annual scholarship

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its annual scholarship, named this year in memory of journalist and journalism educator Mike Farrell. The chapter will award at least one...

Pew Center study on newspapers as ‘the’ news source and quoted by HB 195 sponsor

In the presentation of House Bill 195 on Wednesday, and in an earlier committee meeting, sponsor Rep. Jerry Miller said newspapers are read by only 15 percent of the public, according to a Pew Center...

Jackson County native comes back home to take over as GM of The Sun

‘The only constant is change’ By Carmen Abner, Jackson County Sun Around 2500 years ago an ancient Greek philosopher by the name of Heraclitus wrote down the now famous line, “The only constant is change.” ...

It’s just about time — when clocks move forward; KY resolution urges Congress to stop the practice

Seems like only last week or month that we were pushing the clocks back an hour. And I’m a little ahead of the game for you this year, but moving those timepieces forward an hour...

Shoutout to Pat Cheek, Jackie Anders

A shoutout this week, a little belatedly, to Pat Cheek, longtime ad director and more recently the GM of the Middlesboro (Daily) News and Harlan (Daily) Enterprise — daily in parentheses since both changed to...

Call ’em what you want but if a business is changing with a ‘sale’ then there’s a law for that

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been meaning to bring this law back to the forefront. With several members having new ad directors and staff, not excluding new publishers either, we remind newspapers periodically about...

Are TMC Products a Value or Unnecessary Expense in Today’s Newspaper Environment?

Editor’s Note: They popped up around this part of the country in the early to mid-1970s, quickly growing in popularity to where there was one or two in every county. Many were started by individuals...

Is it fake or is it real? New app helps journalists determine if photo is doctored

By Davey Alba A doctored, phony image of President Barack Obama shaking hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. A real photograph of a Muslim girl at a desk doing her homework with Donald J. Trump looming in the background...

What’s working: Service journalism is having a moment

PETE PACHAL | From Reynolds Journalism Institute This new RJI series will take a deep dive into a strategy or new idea that is gaining traction in the news industry. In three monthly columns, we’ll do...

Public Notice legislation amended, passes committee unanimously with several stating support for local community newspapers

(Editor’s Note: To view the House Local Government proceedings from Wednesday, February 12, click on the link at the bottom of this article. To view only the portion dealing with Public Notice advertising, scroll the...

‘Gruesome’ deleted from HB 174 and it passes the House committee but with opposition

House Bill 174, the one some have referred to as that “Gruesome Photo” legislation, was before the House State Government Committee on Thursday. I refer to last week’s On Second Thought for this background: What...

Newsrooms are rethinking their use of mugshots in crime reporting

Editor’s Note: Because of discussions during the House State Government Committee meeting on Thursday, about the use of photos of death, rape, sexual abuse (see the segment on House Bill 174), I may not have...

Charles Myrick joining KPA Board as State At-Large member

When State At-Large Board member Dave Taylor was elected to fill out the District 3 term, it created a vacancy for a State At-Large spot. It has been the goal of 2020 KPA President Jeff...

NFOIC’s latest white paper examines open records laws enforcement; Kentucky is included

The National Freedom of Information Coalition has published its latest white paper, “Blueprint to Transparency: Non-compliance and Lack of Enforcement of Open Records Laws in Select U.S. States.” The paper looks at the varying enforcement mechanisms...

Here’s the Case Study on Kentucky’s Open Records Law

Case Study: Kentucky’s Open Government Enforcement An NFOIC review of decisions by the Kentucky Attorney General for two years (2016 and 2017) reveals a high prevalence of noncompliance by state government: 49 percent of 2016...

Hall of Fame luncheon scheduled for March 31 in new UK Student Center

Just reminder that if you haven’t reserved your seats for the 2020 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame induction luncheon, to do so as soon possible. Here’s a repeat from last week’s On Second Thought with...

McClatchy files for bankruptcy

By Kevin G. Hall, khall@mcclatchydc.com McClatchy Co. filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America’s second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism....

New Era’s 150th anniversary and relocation featured in Editor & Publisher

Editor & Publisher recently featured the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville for celebration its 150th anniversary and relocating the offices to the downtown area. Click on the headline below to read the E&P story Kentucky...