Register now for Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Conference April 6-7 in Chicago

Want to explore field-tested ways to build trust with your audience? Need to learn the basics of producing a podcast? Intrigued by the story behind the story of “The Greatest” icon of sports? Join us for the SPJ Region 5 Conference April 6-7 in Chicago on the downtown campuses of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and DePaul University. The conference, […]

Share your social media policies with Reynolds Journalism Institute

Publishers — Do you have a social media policy? Reynolds Journalism Institute is working on a story about social media policies in news organizations and asked me to find some Kentucky newspapers with policies in place. If you have one, please reply to JENNIFER NELSON at RJI. Her email address is nelsonjenn@rjionline.org Thanx in advance. She’d like to interview some of […]

Judge rules Bevin administration must release names of Braidy Industries owners

By Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration must release public records naming the owners of Braidy Industries, an aluminum company partially owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a judge ruled Thursday. The commonwealth invested $15 million in Braidy Industries last year to help lure the company and its planned $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill to Eastern Kentucky. Bevin personally […]

Legislative pages aren’t just picked out of thin air

Each day, during each session, a State Representative or State Senator will ask to “suspend the rules so I can introduce my page for the day.” Not every legislator has one every day though some seem to get a page for most every session. Pages are Kentucky school students who may or may not even be from the legislator’s home […]

Lobbying hits two-month high at $5.6 million

Both sides of a tobacco tax increase help lead the way By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Led by vigorous lobbying for and against a tobacco tax increase, lobbying spending in the first two months of the 2018 General Assembly hit a record high of $5.6 million. Opposing the tax increase, tobacco giant Altria spent $156,651 to […]

Binding company that many Kentucky newspapers has closed its door

This first appeared in the December 28 edition of On Second Thought but since then I’ve had several requests for information on binding companies. It seems several newspapers were using The Lewis Company until that business shut its doors. So if you’re still looking for a binding company, here’s a little information for you.   If you use The Lewis […]

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From here and there: Intimacy with your subjects, sports media women cheering on each other, video tips and tools

How to get close and create intimacy with your subjects Poynter’s most recent podcast is about getting access and creating intimacy with the subjects of your stories. Poynter’s weekly podcast, WriteLane, features Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and a frequent guest faculty member at Poynter, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is […]

New Copyright format in effect as of March 1

New Copyright Registration Format, Guidance Continues On March 1, new rules for submitting group copyright registrations went into effect. The starting point for everyone who seeks to submit their newspapers via group registration – which also satisfies the Library of Congress mandatory deposit requirement – would be to read the new rule, here.  The group registration of newspapers circular will provide additional […]

Canadian newsprint is not the enemy, tariffs are

By David Chavern, News Media Alliance Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. The fact that newsprint is being threatened is […]