National Newspaper Week materials ready; celebration is October 7-13

Make plans now to start visiting the home page of National Newspaper Week at This year’s observance will be held Oct. 7-13. And in doing so, make sure to check for a Kentucky-specific house ad below. You’ll see a link for the 2018 NNW house ad and right below that is a link to specific house ads for each […]

Melony Shemberger presents reports at AEJMC and at Indiana University symposium

  Dr. Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University, presented two pieces of journalism history research in early August at the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication national conference in Washington, D.C. Her paper, “Southern Education Report: An Examination of a Magazine’s Contribution to Education News in the Civil Rights Era,” […]

NFOIC Summit set for Cincy in September; KPA members are invited

  The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Ohio Coalition of Open Government (OCOG) present the 2018 FOI Summit to convene in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 21st and 22nd (FR/SA) at the Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The 29th annual summit is a gathering of state FOI coalition directors, journalists, attorneys, and open government and first amendment advocates focused on issues and trends […]

Slimp, Henninger & Smith isn’t a law firm; they just offer quality training webinars for you

ONLINE TRAINING FOR NEWSPAPERS AT NEWSPAPERACADEMY.COM UPCOMING LIVE WEBINARS: Kevin Slimp: Increasing Newspaper Production Skills (Photoshop/InDesign/PDFs) September 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific 90 Minutes! Save $30! (Register now for $59) Since developing the way we create and transmit our printed pages more than 20 years ago, Kevin Slimp has been known as the “Guru” […]

Support local high school journalism through KHSJA

High school journalism teachers and students across the state have started a new school year.  Over the past two decades, many Kentucky newspapers have supported high school journalism by sponsoring their local school(s) in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Most years, nearly 75 percent of our member schools has been sponsored in KHSJA by their local paper(s). You’re receiving […]

Shed light on the epidemic of suicides

By Jim Pumarlo High-profile deaths always grab headlines. Suicides especially draw attention as witnessed by the deaths of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. The news was carried in big and small newspapers alike. Yet, when suicide strikes in our own communities, many newspapers ignore the news. It’s time that all newsrooms have a thoughtful conversation on […]

Are either of DJI’s new drones right for journalism?

By Judd Slivka, Director — Aerial Journalism; Judd Slivka is RJI’s first director of aerial journalism. He is also an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism DJI leads the market in consumer and prosumer drone sales, so when they release a product, it makes a splash. The company released two new versions of the Mavic Pro this […]

Google AMP beat Facebook Instant Articles, but publishers start to question AMP’s benefits

Google unveiled its open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages format in 2016 to improve the mobile web by making pages load faster (and match Facebook‘s own fast Instant Articles format). While Instant Articles has fallen out of use with publishers, AMP has contributed to Google overtaking Facebook as a traffic referral source. But despite AMP becoming a growing share of web traffic, […]

Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on the media by President Trump, there’s finally some good news: Trust in media is up since last year, and the great majority of Americans trust their local news sources. The new Poynter Media Trust Survey found 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a […]

11 Facebook page optimizations for small publishers

When was the last time you conducted a thorough review of your publication’s Facebook page setup? Do you click through all of Facebook’s page tips pop up? Have you tried the “View as Page Visitor” function to see how the public sees your company on the platform? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t made changes to your Facebook page in […]