2,150 straight weeks but just two more to go

“Never has so much been written about so little.” Ok, I’m using those exact words from Chip Hutcheson because I don’t want to be accused of saying that about his weekly, actually twice weekly, columns in the Princeton Times Leader. So those really are Chip’s words. Actually, if I did say something about them it would be that every one […]

Repeat after me: Gotta get ready for the KPA contests, Gotta get ready for the KPA contests

Because it’s approaching that time of the year and this year you better be ready. By August 1 you will have all the materials about the two KPA Contests — Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers – 2017 and News Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers – 2017. And from that date, you will have until October 19 to have everything gathered, coordinated […]

State of (Kentucky) Newspapers subject of TV talk show

Leigh Landini Wright, head of the Journalism sequence at Murray State University and a Journalism Education Representative on the KPA Board, and her mom, Ann Landini, who also teaches journalism at Murray State, were guests recently on “Berry Craig’s Notebook” on WKCTC Channel 2. Berry Craig is a professor emeritus of history from West Kentucky Community & Technical College in […]

Back in the saddle again

You can take the boy out of KPA but you can’t take KPA out of the boy. Or something like that, however the saying goes. John Nelson has been involved with KPA since he first got into the business last century. Well, ok, the latter part of last century. He’d been active as a member, as a Board member, as […]

Grow circulation with mail sampling, and sell extra advertising as a bonus

By Max Heath, NNA Postal Chair, KPA Past President I continue to get calls and emails on sampling nonsubscribers. This rewrite will attempt to draw a sharper line between the two confusing rules that govern nonsubscriber copy mailing. The nonsubscriber rules in the Domestic Mail Manual are there to allow you to promote your newspaper to nonsubscribers and increase your mail […]

Add your newspaper to list supporting Postal Reform Act

Act quickly! The National Newspaper Association is requesting every newspaper add its name to a growing list that supports the Postal Reform Act of 2017/HR756. Below is a letter from Matt Paxton, NNA President, asking that you contact NNA and have NNA add your newspaper’s name to the list of supporters to the Postal Reform Act. You can do that by […]

$8.6 million spent on lobbying, with State Chamber leading the way

  By John Schaaf,  executive director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Kentucky Chamber is top lobbying spender, by far More than $8.6 million was spent on lobbying in the first four months of 2017, including a 30-day legislative session. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent $158,306, which is six percent more than the Chamber has ever spent in a comparable period, […]

Opt In lets newsrooms improve or start newsletters, and it’s free!

Got this note from Jennifer Nelson with Reynolds Journalism Institute and told her I’d pass it along to KPA members. • Thought your audience would be interested in a newsletter optimization tool that Crosscut Public Media, in partnership with the Reynolds Journalism Institute, launched this month called Opt In. It’s free!!  Here’s a little bit about Opt In from RJI’s […]

Job Opportunities at KPA Member Newspapers

1. Editor, Ashland Daily Independent 2. Sports Editor/Reporter, Glasgow Daily Times 3. Sales Professionals, Glasgow Daily Times 4. Copy Editor/Page Designer, Bowling Green Daily News 5. Editor/Reporter At Large, Part-time, Landmark Community Newspapers 6. PLG-TV – Multi-Media Journalist 7. Reporter, The Franklin Favorite 8. Home Delivery Coordinator, Elizabethtown News Enterprise 9. Reporter, Richmond Register – – – – – – – – […]

Dominant photo is a basic of front sports design

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting Many community newspapers put strong effort into covering high school sports. They understand that their high school teams are a key ingredient in the glue that holds the community together. When designing their sports front page, however, many sports editors try to give all sports fair play. By doing so, they often create pages much […]