It’s less than eight years old and even took several months before Kentucky newspapers grasped the idea of a news content service that supplied them with stories from across Kentucky and also sharing stories from those same newspapers with others. Twenty newspapers signed on originally and a once-a-day budget of stories seemed in order. Then it went to 30 and […]

More KPNS: 7.5 years later, ‘foreseeable future’ arrives

“Free” for the foreseeable future. That’s been the rallying cry of the Kentucky Press News Service since it began October 1, 2009. It would be free for participating newspapers. For a while. Some three years ago, the Board gave us authority to sell “subscriptions” to KPNS and WLEX-TV in Lexington became the first media to pay to receive access to […]

Your two cents worth is being heard!!

I mentioned last week that we would be asking the KPA Board to approve a funding mechanism for the Fall Chapter Series. And it did. And many of you have as well. As recommended, the Board okayed a two cents per copy assessment on newspapers wanting to run the 10-week series this Fall. And as soon as the word got […]

Leigh Anne, Woody, Chloe spend the day at Heritage Elementary in Shelby County

Leigh Anne and Ron Florence made one of their frequent visits to an elementary school earlier this week, with a stop at Heritage Elementary in Shelby County. Leigh Anne talked with students during school time and then spent an hour that evening with parents and other Woody/Chloe fans who came to see Kentucky’s most famous dachshunds. KPA is again planning […]

Return on investment: Chamber spent $126,801 lobbying, says it saved Kentucky businesses hundreds of millions

Chamber was heaviest spender during session that saw largest number of lobbying companies By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Lobbyists and their employers reported spending $6.98 million in the 2017 session of the General Assembly. The total matches the record spent in the 2015 session, the most recent 30-day odd-year session. In the past year, the number […]

Special sales still require permit number in ads

Call ’em what you want — Going Out of Business, Lost Our Lease, Moving, Fire, Store Closing, Liquidation, Decided to Retire sale. That matters not. What does is that state law requires the sale to be registered with the local county clerk and ALL advertising by that business must include the Permit Number received from the county clerk. It’s all […]

Bits and tidbits

Some ideas from around the country to help you do your job better Handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article A new tool built for Bloomberg by the New York-based mobile and web development agency Postlight cuts the fact-finding process for those interested in the financial context around companies and […]

NNA Convention scheduled for Tulsa in early October

NNA’s 131st Annual Convention and Trade Show, held at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa, will address pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions and peer sharing activities.  This year’s convention is Oct. 5-7, in Tulsa. Your full registration includes four general sessions, five sets of round table discussion sessions, an exhibit hall with more […]

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These people write columns about newspaper work, from writing to advertising to design. Go to their websites or send an email to sign up for their RSS feeds. John Foust, Advertising: Ken Blum, Black Inklings, Newspapering: Doug Fisher, Common Sense Journalism:; Ed Henninger, Design:; Jim Pumarlo, Community Newspapers:; Kevin Slimp, Technology: […]