HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Just a reminder that the KPA Central Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 – 29 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, December 2.

Monday is deadline for KPA Vice President votes

We’re down to the final days of voting for the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Vice President. Monday, November 25, is the deadline for publishers/general managers to return the ballot(s) sent to their newspaper(s). Each newspaper gets one vote and the letter with ballot was mailed November 8. We have two candidates recommended by the KPA Board of Directors — Dennis […]

KPA planning on photo coverage of 2019 Inauguration Parade, swearing in

Just as it did in 2007, 2011 and 2015, the Kentucky Press Association is planning on photo coverage of the 2019 Inauguration parade and swearing-in ceremonies for Andy Beshear. The swearing-in ceremonies will include a story on the festivities and highlights of the new governor’s Inaugural speech. Newspapers will need to register for coverage photos with a form that will […]

Jamie Paxton named president, CEO of Paxton Media Group

Paducah, KY – Paxton Media Group announced that Jamie Paxton has been named President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020.  He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years.  David Paxton will remain with the company as Chairman.  Jamie Paxton has also been elected to the Board of Directors of PMG. As President and CEO, […]

Kevin Slimp needs your help with his latest survey on digital platforms

Kevin Slimp is taking on a new survey idea and needs your help. The responses will be kept confidential but I would imagine Kevin will share the results with all state press associations and we’ll pass along his findings through On Second Thought. Take just a few seconds to read his note below and then access the survey monkey with […]

Commentary: White House defense suffers from lack of teamwork

By John Schaaf John Schaaf of Georgetown is a retired attorney, and he can be reached at John.Schaaf1975@gmail.com   The impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved into a new phase in which witnesses are testifying publicly in front of the House Intelligence Committee and being questioned by members of both political parties. However, the White House […]

‘New’ Gannett mixes some old key executives with New Media officials to head new company

From USA Today Gannett on Wednesday named a mix of leaders from the old Gannett and its acquirer, New Media Investment Group, to lead the media company. Mike Reed will serve as CEO of the newly combined public company, which took on the name of Gannett Co. when the merger was finalized Tuesday. He previously was CEO of New Media. Paul […]

Top 6 trends for more revenue and engagement in 2020

By Matt Coen, President and Co-Founder, Second Street Every year your media company sets a goal around revenue and engagement for the upcoming year. 2020 is the year to set your goals higher than ever before and feel confident in your ability to achieve — or even surpass — your goals. We’ve identified six top trends among today’s successful newspapers. […]

New Media, Gannett shareholders approve media merger deal

By Bob Sechler, GateHouse Media     The two biggest newspaper chains in the country are on the verge of combining after shareholders of both gave green lights to the $1.13 billion deal Thursday morning. New Media Investment Group, which operates under its GateHouse Media subsidiary, is expected to close on its acquisition of USA Today parent Gannett Co. in the […]

Knight Foundation study looks at price tag for local news

A crisis faces local newsrooms across the nation. News publishers have, for over a decade, competed with search engines and digital platforms, not only for their readers’ attention, but also for advertising revenue. At the same time, we have seen decades of growing distrust and partisan antipathy toward institutions of all kinds, including journalism. Local newspapers are especially vulnerable to […]