New NLRB ruling on independent contractors is very favorable for newspapers

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm, P.C. On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3 to 1 Decision, ruled that Super Shuttle drivers at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport were independent contractors and not employees. In making this ruling, the NLRB reversed the NLRB’s FedEx Decision. The FedEx Decision had engaged in legal adventurism, […]

Child Protective Services (CPS) and Concurrent/Domestic Violence (CDV) Reports to the Department for Community Based Services

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky has collated data from the Department of Community Based Services and is making files available to KPA members. For more information about the data and statistics, feel free to call Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, or Laura Chowning, community engagement coordinator, at 859-225-8879. There are two files available (both attached to this […]

Larry Rowell: Central Kentucky mourns death of a pastor who was also a newspaper editor, and a good one

From The Rural Journalism Blog To some, the simultaneous roles of rural newspaper editor and church pastor might seem incompatible, but some have done it successfully. Last week, Central Kentucky said goodbye to another who did: Larry Rowell. Rowell, 63, died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 25. He had been editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, interim editor of the Greensburg Record-Herald, and between […]

NNA in opposition of Interior Department’s proposed Freedom of Information Act rule

From Lynne Lance, executive director, National Newspaper Association The U.S. Department of Interior should make it easy for any citizen to request open records, National Newspaper Association said this week. NNA joined 39 other news organizations in opposition of the Interior Department’s new proposed Freedom of Information Act rule. The department includes such agencies as the National Park Service, the Bureau […]

Department of Labor planning new overtime rule

By Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm, P.C. The U.S. Department of Labor recently finished a series of listening sessions for interested parties at which it gathered opinions about a new overtime rule.  It is expected to issue a Notice of Proposed Rule Making ( NPRM) in March 2019.  The proposed rule will no doubt raise the salary threshold in […]

Newsroom Management Advice to Help You Start the Year Off On the Right Foot

By Jennifer Peters, News Media Alliance Managing a newsroom is no easy feat. Most newsroom leaders wear multiple hats – they have to be journalists, editors, designers, webmasters – and managers. And, if you’ve worked your way up through the ranks of your newsroom, chances are you’ve spent more time outside the newsroom than in it, chasing stories and chatting up […]

Op-ed, news release posted to

We have posted this week two op-ed pieces and a press release for your use as you see fit. The op-ed is by Eric T. Clark, Commissioner of the Department of Community Based Services within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The news release concerns the Kentucky Trucking Industry All news releases are available at Click on […]

February’s Newspaper Academy Webinars

Kevin Slimp: Getting those Photos to Pop Off the Page! Photo Editing & Color Correction for Newspapers Using Photoshop (75 minutes) Registration: Click here to register February 7, 2019 • 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 12 Noon Central / 10 Pacific No one knows more about photo editing and color correction for newspapers than Kevin Slimp, who has been teaching newspapers […]

Emailed subscription notices perform better than Facebook ads

From the Center for Media Engagement Subscriptions, donations, and memberships are critical for many newsrooms’ business models. But what strategies work for gaining new subscribers? Our researchers at the Center for Media Engagement (CME) tackled this question by experimentally testing different messages about subscribing to news. For this study, we collaborated with three newsrooms: a mid-sized, local newspaper in the […]