Who pays for news and why do people subscribe?

The Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, conducted research recently to understand who subscribes to news, what motivates them and how creators of journalism can engage more deeply with consumers to subscribe. The belief is that people are drawn to subscribe to news for three main reasons: […]

State, national lobbying news available just for the asking

Over the last several months, I’ve used articles by John Schaaf, executive director of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, to draw your attention to all the news about lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly. John, who got his start as a newspaper reporter, has graciously shared his monthly newsletter with me and at times I’ve mentioned that newspapers should ask the […]

Deadline is May 10 for community journalism public service award

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in the state. The […]

Tom, Pat Gish Award nominations due May 15

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seeks nominations by May 15, 2017, for this year’s Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism. The award is named for Tom and Pat Gish,who published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 51 years. They died in 2008 and 2014, respectively, and their […]

The world is coming so time to beautify the roadways

You can count on two things the first week of May, every single year. All eyes will be on Churchill Downs as the first Saturday in the month brings the Kentucky Derby. The other thing is roadways being swarmed by tractors and bush hogs, people walking the length of highways picking up trash. After all, the state wants to put […]

Reince Priebus on changing libel laws: ‘That’s something we’ve looked at’

One day after President Trump declined to attend the White House correspondents dinner to host a rally in Pennsylvania, his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the administration was considering changes to libel laws. “I think that’s something we’ve looked at, and how that gets executed and whether that goes anywhere is a different story,” Priebus said in an interview […]

Best newsletter pop-ups and J-School student creates comic strip about Trump

My thanks to Jennifer Nelson with the Reynolds Journalism Institute who is always offering articles and ideas for On Second Thought that I can use to share with you, the readers. This week, Jennifer passed along a couple of suggestions so I’m including her background on these, then the two articles and links to them. The first is from the […]

Bensenhaver joins Bluegrass Institute think-tank

Amye Bensenhaver is joining the Bluegrass Institute team as director of the free-market think tank’s Center for Open Government. Bensenhaver, winner in 2016 of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center Award, spent 25 years as an assistant attorney general, during which she wrote nearly 2,000 legal opinions forcing government entities to operate in the open when too many of them […]

Local newspapers among those experimenting with Amazon Echo

 By Rick Edmonds, Poynter Institute When I visited a dozen news organizations on our Innovation Tour last November, there was a surprising consensus among the biggest players on the next big thing they had in focus: Voice-activated news for devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. As was true for Virtual Reality/360-degree video a year earlier, the medium is so […]

Hold editorials to highest standard

By Jim Pumarlo What’s the first word you associate with editorials? Editorials can serve a variety of roles. They educate. What are the current rental codes and how would they be strengthened under a proposed ordinance before the city council? What’s the process, and the pros/cons, for annexing land to a city? They enlighten. Newspapers might feel an obligation to […]