It’s not KPNS but AP’s ‘StoryShare’ could fill KPA members’ needs for a news service

KPA members who have missed the Kentucky Press News Service, since it was folded in April, 2020, might have something to replace it in the near future. At its July 16 meeting, the KPA Board is going to hear from the Associated Press’ Adam Yeomans about the AP”s “StoryShare.” While some 200 media organizations in other areas have signed up […]

WKMS News wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

For more information, contact Al Cross, director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues The journalists of WKMS-FM at Murray State University are the winners of the 2021 Al Smith Award, presented for public service through community journalism by Kentuckians. “We usually think of ‘community’ as one county, town or neighborhood, but there are geographic communities, and there are communities […]

Open Government: Where is Kentucky headed? Bluegrass SPJ program June 17

From the Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ The recently completed session of the General Assembly threw several scares into journalists and other advocates of open government. The legislature made itself and just about every other part of government in Kentucky less transparent, and it could have been a lot worse. We won some battles, but more are ahead – both in […]

NAM’s ‘Relevance Project’ is relevant to you! Check it out

I’ve written a few times about The Relevance Project, a fairly new initiative of the Newspaper Association Managers. That is the group of state, regional and national/provincial press associations across the U.S. and Canada. What I may not have always pushed is that the Relevance Project was actually created to help you — the members of those press associations. And […]

Worker shortage affects Courier-Journal newspaper delivery

It’s no secret that businesses are having a difficult time finding workers. The pandemic set off work stoppages, closings and scaled back business. Fast food restaurants, grocers and similar retail businesses are still trying to recover even as many of the pandemic restrictions are being lifted. But without a good number of people looking to get back into the workplace, […]

While its finances improve, USPS seeks to squeeze more revenue out of mailers

By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance It has been standard practice for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to announce bad news right before a holiday, and this Memorial Day weekend was no exception. On May 28, USPS announced proposed rate increases for First Class, Periodicals and Marketing Mail that, in some cases, are seven times the rate of inflation: […]

Trends creating a sustainable future for news

By Evelyn Mateos, Editor & Publisher Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, newsrooms were diversifying their revenue streams in many creative and innovative ways. However, with advertising being a big casualty of the pandemic, the need to do so has never been greater. In Reuters Institute’s “Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2021” report, it states “how important diversification has […]

RCFP statement on Justice Department policy change barring seizure of source information from reporters in leak hunts

From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Following revelations last week that the Justice Department under Presidents Trump and Biden had sought to secretly seize the email records of four New York Times reporters in a leak investigation — a legal battle that included an extraordinary gag order on Times lawyers and senior executives — the Justice Department said […]

Sharpen your editing with these press releases

By Jim Pumarlo Jim Pumarlo is former editor of the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. He writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues […]

Maybe you wouldn’t buy a used car from this guy but you can trust him to teach your staff InDesign

Kevin Slimp: 90 Minutes of InDesign Basics for Newspapers & Magazines Thursday, June 17 2 pm – 3:30 pm EDT/1 pm – 2:30 pm CDT $69 So many newspaper designers learned software basics on their own, missing many of the tools available to increase revenue and design better pages and ads. Kevin Slimp was working in InDesign before it even had a name, […]