10 tips to a better design

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with publishers, editors and designers at Kevin Slimp’s Institute of Newspaper Technology.  It’s a kick being with them for a few days. This was my fifth time with the Institute and I hope there will be many more to come. One of the presentations we set […]


The staff of your Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Press Service wishes you and your staff the Happiest of Holidays! The KPA Central Office will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 27. If there is an On Second Thought next week, it will be an abbreviated one and posted mid-week for […]

Eldridge adds Corbin, London to publisher duties

I’m sure Dave Eldridge knows where every pothole and rough spot is on I-75 between Richmond and Corbin since he’s driven that a few times while serving as interim publisher in Corbin and London. Looks like now he’ll be able to drive the route in his sleep. Fortunately, Richmond to Corbin is a straight shot (well, figuratively not literally) on I-75. London […]

Dennis Brown + Travel = Stories continue

Back a couple of months ago, I relayed a story in On Second Thought about Lewis County Herald publisher Dennis Brown, and his wife, Tammy, having to be evacuated from the Grand Bahama because of Hurricane Matthew. He’s added two more stories to that and perhaps forewarned is forearmed. If he invites you on a trip, be prepared for an […]

Tub use plus service scorecard equals delivery success

By Max Heath, NNA Postal Tips Charles Walls doesn’t have that much time on his hands. After retiring from a career in architecture and construction, he moved back to his hometown of Des Arc, AR, to help his mother, Dean Walls, now 94 with failing eyesight, who continues working at the family newspaper, the White River Journal, which was started […]

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Carriers honored for 36 years

Terry and Charlotte Pollitt have been newspaper carriers for the Bourbon Citizen-Advertiser for the last 36 years. Both had some full-time jobs while living in Bourbon County but none that covered the nearly four decades they delivered the Citizen-Advertiser. They had routes all over the city of Paris for those 36 years. The Bourbon County Citizen paid tribute to Terry […]

Drone Journalism Lab releases free operations manual

In response to the FAA drone guidelines formally taking effect this past August, the Drone Journalism Lab decided to release its operations manual as an open source, Creative Commons-licensed document. The 23-page guidebook covers everything from how to conduct a preflight briefing to the ethical issues journalists should consider before flying a drone. Read the guide.

Record number of journalists jailed in 2016, press advocacy group says

Rick Gladstone  |  The New York Times At least 257 journalists have been jailed around the world this year, a press advocacy group reported on Monday, the most since it began a detailed annual census of imprisonments in 1990. The group, the Committee to Protect Journalists, attributed the increase largely to a surge of imprisonments in Turkey after the failed military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

How journalists need to go beyond fact checking Trump

Eric Umansky  |  ProPublica All the way back in March, Dartmouth political science professor Brendan Nyhan wrote a prescient tweetstorm about how journalists and others should call out Donald Trump’s routine violation of modern norms of democratic discourse. ProPublica’s Eric Umansky sat down with Nyhan, who is also a contributor to the New York Times’ Upshot, to talk about what journalists should treat as newsworthy now […]