Mark your calendar NOW for Thursday, September 18, for the Second Annual Border War golf tournament between the Kentucky Press and Tennessee Press associations. It’s the ‘Battle at Crooked Creek’ in London KY. Information will be posted soon on www.kypress.com with complete details and a registration form.
And in other news:
• AP says to spell out names of states in stories, and now ‘more than’ and ‘over’ are interchangeable
• Come on down to Gatlinburg for Tennessee Press convention; all KPA members invited
• May 3 is Derby Day in Kentucky but World Press Freedom Day everywhere
• Seven inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame; UK director shows off ancillary duties
• Reporter = Second Worst Job? Help KPA show that reporters do love their job
• Don’t worry if candidates pays for ad with company check
• Not too early to make plans for October’s Newspaper Institute of Technology
Q & A: Question of the week
Can a political candidate place an ad in the newspaper and pay for the ad with a check from his business?
Probably something that should be discouraged but it’s fine with the Registry of Election Finance to do this. The caution to the candidate is he/she should reimburse the company for the amount paid for the ad. And the disclaimer would read as required: Paid for by (name of candidate)
This is one area where the Registry of Election Finance will not hold the news media responsible. It’s not our issue whether or not the candidate reimburses the company for the advertising expense. That falls on the candidate though it might be a good idea to tell the candidate that the Registry of Election Finance suggests the company be reimbursed.
Really good convention program in Gatlinburg and YOU are invited
The Tennessee Press Association is heading to Gatlinburg for its 2014 Summer Convention and you are invited. TPA’s summer convention will be June 5-6-7 at the Park Vista, the round hotel overlooking downtown Gatlinburg. Chances are you’ve been there since KPA and TPA joined together in 2012 for a convention at the same venue.
It’s a really good program that Greg Sherrill, Robyn Gentile, chairperson Jana Thomason and other TPAers have put together so come on down to the Smoky Mountains. When this convention was scheduled, it was long before the winter of 2013-14 and we were hoping for a decent turnout of KPA members. Then we suffered for months on end with sub-zero temps, ice and snow and schools missed up to 30 days. So we know the re-scheduled school calendar will keep it from being a “family vacation,” but still it’s worth your time to get away, learn more about the industry you love and visit with, or make new, friends from Tennessee.
Here’s a link to everything you need. Please note that the hotel reservation deadline is next Friday, May 9.
Matthews’ ‘Tell All’ book offered at pre-sale discount to KPA members
Former Kentucky Press Association President William E. Matthews of Shelbyville has written a “tell all” book in which he gives details of his 10 years in the CIA, and spells out his successful efforts, along with those 40 other newspapers publishers, to reform the press association in the late 1960s. Veteran Kentucky journalist Al Smith provided the introduction, and DuAnne Puckett served as the editor. Al and DuAnne are both members of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
The book also contains information about Bill’s participation in two movies, League of Their Own, and Soul of the Game. He was an umpire in the first movie, which tells the story of women’s baseball during World War II, and a photographer in the second movie that provides dramatic details of baseball’s integration in the 1940s.
Of interest to Cincinnati Reds fans will be a chapter about Bill’s publishing of Pete Rose’s Reds Alert, the first sports weekly devoted exclusively to a professional sports team.
Matthews was a direct or indirect participant in three of most tumultuous evens of the 20th century – the Hungarian Revolution, Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the missile crisis, Matthews left his newly purchased Shelby Sentinel to return to Washington where he was put in charge of orchestrating the CIA’s coverage of foreign broadcast reaction to the crisis. His final report was hand-carried to the White House. A copy of that letter appears in the book.
It was in the January 1968 that Matthews, Russ Metz of Owingsville, Jack Thomas of Flemingsburg, Carlos Embry of Beaver Dam led a group of mostly weekly newspaper publishers in an effort to change the by-laws of the KPA that called for what was then a self-perpetuating board of directors to one that was popularly elected by districts.
Matthews says in his book that the “old guard” (which he identifies by name) made every effort to persuade him to drop his candidacy for president. They went so far, Matthews says, as to force Frank Bell of Bedford to resign and give his seat to the challenger.
Matthews refused the offer and in the election that followed, the “old guard” voted 19 “ringers” who didn’t attend the convention. “We actually lost 43-40, but the 19 ‘ringers’ boosted their total to 59,” says Matthews.
When Metz found out about the chicanery, he impounded the voting materials, and he and Matthews threatened to go public with the scandal that included prominent officials from the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald, and the Frankfort State Journal.
Faced with exposure, the “old guard” agreed to introduce an amendment to the by-laws at the June meeting, and it was passed at the January 1969 meeting. Within a few years, most of the “old guard,” had been “retired.”
To the best of Matthews’ knowledge, that was the biggest, if not the only, scandal in KPA history.
Matthews says that without the strong support of Metz, who served as his campaign manager, and 40 other publishers, KPA today would probably still have a self-perpetuating board.
The scandal brought about Metz’s resignation from KPA, but at Matthews and Al Smith’s urging, he returned several years later and became president in 1981. Matthews remains the only individual in KPA history to have both lost an election for president (1968) and subsequently been elected (1977) to the same office.
The book “names names” and calls “a spade a spade,” says the veteran newspaperman who says he enjoyed writing the book, and was amazed that seemingly high-minded people can be so brazenly corrupt as to rig an election. Having spent 10 years in the CIA and been involved in some real international crises, I found it almost laughable that men (there were no women on the board) would take their KPA board positions so seriously as to endanger KPA’s future.
Having attended a recent KPA convention, Matthews says, I was very heartened to experience a hardworking organization focused on today’s challenges in the industry. He called it a far cry from the party-like atmosphere that characterized KPA conventions in the 1960s and 70s. I recall one convention, Matthews laughs, when an OSHA speaker, scheduled to talk about “personal safety,” fell off the platform during his opening remarks. He had partied too much the night before.
The 224-page hardcover full color book with over 80 photos will be available in late May. Through May 31 the book is available for $22.95 plus tax and shipping for a total of $29.33. Orders may be placed by writing Historic Kentucky, P. Box 1555, Shelbyville, Ky. 40065. As of June 1, the price will be $27.95. For more information contact Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marketing rights to the book have been obtained by the publisher, Acclaim Press of Marion, Kentucky.
Please send me a copy of Bill Matthews – Editor, Actor, Ballplayer, Spy to the following:
City and State____________________________________
I have enclosed a check or money order for $29.33 that includes tax and shipping. Mail to Historic Kentucky, P. O. Box 1555, Shelbyville, Ky. 40066
If newspaper reporter is second worst job, help us show why you love it
Came news this week that the second worst job in America is “newspaper reporter.” Well, some on the outside might view it that way, but I know there are a host of reporters in Kentucky that wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
I want to develop a “house ad” campaign — that will benefit readers as well as tomorrow’s journalists — about just how much newspaper people love they job they do.
And it’s going to involve many of you. The heading above probably will be what we use in the ad. We’ll work on it a little bit but I see this as the heading for the ad. Then as we receive comments from reporters about “why” they love their job, and a mugshot to go with it, we’ll develop house ads for all newspapers to use.
I think we have to promote this industry-wide in the state and I’m not meaning you would get only ads for reporters from your newspaper. It might be a reporter in Paducah or Pikeville, Cumberland or Covington, or a host of newspapers in between. We’ll identify the reporter and the newspaper in each ad, have their comments on why “I ♥ my job” and then will make the ads available for you to use.
Okay, so who’s the first reporter that’s going to send me a few graphs — 3 or 4 graphs or no more than 100 words — and a mugshot?
NNA, mailers group says PRC erred by allowing postal rate increase
A broad national coalition of organizations representing users of the mail argued this week to the U.S. Court of Appeals that the Postal Regulatory Commission erred when it granted a $3.2 billion postage increase to the U.S. Postal Service last year.
The group, which includes National Newspaper Association fighting on behalf of community newspapers, said the PRC ignored inconsistencies in the Postal Service’s economic argument for the exceptionally high rates. Community newspapers in January faced increases of 7 percent to 9 percent, in a year when inflation hovered below 2 percent, because of the commission’s decision.
Attorney David Levy of the law firm Venable LLP. in Washington, told the court in the coalition’s brief that the Postal Service’s losses were not primarily created by the Great Recession but by the steady attrition of mail from Internet diversion. Levy and his legal team focused upon economic data analysis that the mailers considered flawed because it introduced variables inconsistent with the trends of the recession, recovery and accompanying Internet competition for messages. The PRC agreed with much of the mailers’ position that the Internet competition drove USPS financial losses, but granted the USPS request anyway.
“The commission’s decision to approve the $3.2 billion rate increase … is “rife with anomalies, any one of which is sufficient to justify a remand, and all of which, when considered together, demonstrate the commission was proceeding in a slapdash manner,” the brief said. The coalition asked the Court to return the case to the commission for reconsideration.
“NNA joined in this appeal because the commission’s decision is taking us irretrievably down the wrong road if we want a viable Postal Service,” said NNA President Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of the Blackshear (GA) Times. “Instead of facing up to increased competition by restructuring critical costs, USPS resorted to first cutting services and then raising rates above inflation. Both of those strategies simply cut the throat of any sustainable plan for USPS to survive into the digital age. It is frustrating to many of us that at one minute USPS wants to talk about market share by competing with newspapers as if it were a private company, and then unilaterally raises its rates as if it were the unfettered government monopoly it really is.
“We sympathize with the challenges of facing a tough economy and a shifting communications paradigm. All of us in the industries that use the mail face all of these things every day. We know the pain of addressing them. We were extremely disappointed that the PRC, which is supposed to be the watchdog, got lulled into believing an extraordinary price increase was the right thing to do. Damage to an already-fragile economy could be severe.”
The commission’s decision was also appealed by USPS, which was denied the right to keep a 3.4 percent increase on its books indefinitely. Instead, the PRC ruled it would have to remove the 3.4 percent increase after revenues from the 2013 request had earned the $3.2 billion.
May 3 is the Derby but it’s also World Press Freedom Day
By Erica Esteves, Public Policy Assistant, World Association of Newspapers
Every year on May 3, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) celebrates World Press Freedom Day. The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in December 1993, following the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference.
The goal of World Press Freedom Day is to bring awareness to violations of press freedom by shining a spotlight on countries that censor, suspend and even shut down publications. May 3 also serves as a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
NAA is fighting on multiple fronts for freedom of the press. In particular, we are fighting for a shield law to enable journalists to protect the identities of their confidential sources in federal court. Last month we also celebrated Sunshine Week, which promotes government transparency and the public’s right to know what the government is doing.
WAN-IFRA continues this push for press freedom on a global scale. WAN-IFRA partners with its members, such as NAA, to exchange ideas, information and experiences in the news publishing industry.
Leading up to World Press Freedom Day, WAN-IFRA has been hosting 30 Days for Freedom, a campaign that highlights the plight of jailed journalists worldwide by focusing on 30 individuals who are currently imprisoned because of their work.
WAN-IFRA encourages the use of the hashtag #FreethePress to publicize the campaign on social media and promote the importance of global press freedom.
The focus on this year’s World Press Freedom Day is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism. An international conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris May 5-6.
For more information on the campaign and World Press Freedom Day, please visit: www.worldpressfreedomday.org
Tablets are now commonplace in households with children
RJI Mobile Media Research Project
More than half of U.S. households now have tablets and three-quarters have smartphones according to the latest Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) mobile media poll.
Households with children were much more likely to have mobile media devices than those without children. In households with children, 70 percent had tablets and 88 percent had smartphones. By comparison, only 45 percent of households without children had tablets and 68 percent had smartphones.
Nearly 1,200 randomly selected U.S. adults participated in RJI’s third annual Mobile Media News Consumption survey between Jan. 1 and March 31. Read more from RJI.
(When’s the last time you had a salesman knock on the door, offering a good deal on World Book Encyclopedia? Those books were about the only resource for information we had back in the days.)
Seven inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
Seven honorees were inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on April 29.
The inductees and the organizations they most notably worked for are: Elizabeth Hansen, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University; Mark Hebert, former political reporter at WHAS-TV in Louisville; Dave McBride, editor of the Ohio County Times-News; Lee Mueller, former Herald-Leader reporter; Mike Philipps, former editor of the Kentucky Post/Cincinnati Post; Wes Strader, “Voice of the Hilltoppers” at Western Kentucky University; and the late Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo journalism.
A committee representing the state’s media, the UK Journalism Alumni Association and the University of Kentucky chooses honorees for the Hall of Fame, which was created in 1981. Nominees must be Kentucky natives or have spent the majority of their careers in Kentucky.
She directs the School of Journalism AND traffic
Dr. Beth Barnes, UK School of Journalism and
Telecommunications Executive Director for International Studies, College of Communication and Information, not only is the director of that program but Tuesday she pulled double duty.
The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon was held at a new venue — The Grand Reserve on Manchester Street in Lexington. Being few, if any, of the attendees knew where it was located, Bath grabbed a large poster board and made a sign ‘Journalism Hall of Fame’ and then stood on Manchester Street directing folks to the parking lot.
She refused to show the other side of the sign but since it was across the street from Rupp Arena, the reverse side probably read, ‘I Need UK Tickets!’
As of yesterday, AP policy is to spell out names of states in stories
AP is not done rocking the journalism world with style changes. The following guidance went out on the AP wire Wednesday: “Effective May 1, the AP will spell out state names in the body of stories.” You will still use abbreviations in datelines, photo captions, lists, etc.
The change “also applies to newspapers cited in a story,” the guidance says. “For example, a story datelined Providence, R.I., would reference the Providence Journal, not the Providence (R.I.) Journal.” (For what it’s worth, you don’t have to call that jurisdiction the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Rhode Island works fine.)
Effective May 1, the AP will spell out state names in the body of stories. Datelines will continue to use abbreviations.
Currently, most state names are abbreviated in stories.
The change is being made to be consistent in our style for domestic and international stories. International stories have long spelled out state names in the body of stories.
State abbreviations will continue to be used in lists, agate, tabular material, non-publishable editor’s notes and credit lines. They will also be used in short-form identification of political party affiliation. Photo captions will continue to use abbreviations, too.
This change will improve consistency and efficiency for domestic and international stories, eliminating the need to spell out all state names in international copy, and to abbreviate them in domestic copy.
Here is the new entry in the Stylebook Online.
SPELL OUT: The names of the 50 U.S. states should be spelled out when used in the body of a story, whether standing alone or in conjunction with a city, town, village or military base. No state name is necessary if it is the same as the dateline. This also applies to newspapers cited in a story. For example, a story datelined Providence, R.I., would reference the Providence Journal, not the Providence (R.I.) Journal. See datelines.
EIGHT NOT ABBREVIATED: The names of eight states are never abbreviated in datelines or text: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.
Memory Aid: Spell out the names of the two states that are not part of the contiguous United States and of the continental states that are five letters or fewer.
IN THE BODY OF STORIES: Except for cities that stand alone in datelines, use the state name in textual material when the city or town is not in the same state as the dateline, or where necessary to avoid confusion: Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, Illinois. Provide a state identification for the city if the story has no dateline, or if the city is not in the same state as the dateline. However, cities that stand alone in datelines may be used alone in stories that have no dateline if no confusion would result.
ABBREVIATIONS REQUIRED: Use the state abbreviations listed at the end of this section:
—In conjunction with the name of a city, town, village or military base in most datelines. See datelines for examples and exceptions for large cities.
—In lists, agate, tabular material, non-publishable editor’s notes and credit lines.
—In short-form listings of party affiliation: D-Ala., R-Mont. See party affiliation entry for details.
Following are the state abbreviations, which also appear in the entries for each state (postal code abbreviations in parentheses):
Ala. (AL) Md. (MD) N.D. (ND) Ariz. (AZ) Mass. (MA) Okla. (OK) Ark. (AR) Mich. (MI) Ore. (OR) Calif. (CA) Minn. (MN) Pa. (PA) Colo. (CO) Miss. (MS) R.I. (RI) Conn. (CT) Mo. (MO) S.C. (SC) Del. (DE) Mont. (MT) S.D. (SD) Fla. (FL) Neb. (NE) Tenn. (TN) Ga. (GA) Nev. (NV) Vt. (VT) Ill. (IL) N.H. (NH) Va. (VA) Ind. (IN) N.J. (NJ) Wash. (WA) Kan. (KS) N.M. (NM) W.Va. (WV) Ky. (KY) N.Y. (NY) Wis. (WI) La. (LA) N.C. (NC) Wyo. (WY)
These are the postal code abbreviations for the eight states that are not abbreviated in datelines or text: AK (Alaska), HI (Hawaii), ID (Idaho), IA (Iowa), ME (Maine), OH (Ohio), TX (Texas), UT (Utah). Also: District of Columbia (DC).
Use the two-letter Postal Service abbreviations only with full addresses, including ZIP code.
PUNCTUATION: Place one comma between the city and the state name, and another comma after the state name, unless ending a sentence or indicating a dateline: He was traveling from Nashville, Tennessee, to Austin, Texas, en route to his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She said Cook County, Illinois, was Mayor Daley’s stronghold.
HEADLINES: Avoid using state abbreviations in headlines whenever possible.
MISCELLANEOUS: Use New York state when necessary to distinguish the state from New York City.
Use state of Washington or Washington state when necessary to distinguish the state from the District of Columbia. (Washington State is the name of a university in the state of Washington.)
And AP says now there’s no difference between ‘more than’ and ‘over’
By MATT PICHT, newsy.com
Warning: nerd alert! The world of journalism has been shaken to its core — or at least the world of copy editors — after the Associated Press Stylebook received a controversial update.
The American Copy Editor’s Society is holding its National Conference in Las Vegas this weekend, and as part of the festivities, the AP editors talked about some of the upcoming changes to the Stylebook — including the canonization of selfie and the hyphenation of Wal-Mart.
But the editors really dropped a bombshell when they announced that “over” is now interchangeable with “more than” when referring to numbers. So you could say @APStylebook has “over” 167,000 Twitter followers, or “more than” 167,000 Twitter followers, and you’d be right either way.
The rule used to favor “more than” rather than “over,” but the editors said “overwhelming usage” of both terms prompted the change.
Those attending the conference didn’t take the news well. A reporter from The Poynter Institute noted the announcement “elicited a gasp” from the assembled copy editors.
And reactions on Twitter bordered on hysteria, to say the least. While a few people defended the new rule, most of the amusing commentary about the decision was a mixture of anguish, rage, and despair. (Via Twitter / @yelvington, @DOBIEST, @JonZlock)
A couple of nerds even started replacing song lyrics to mock the new ambiguity. “More than the river and through the woods” — doesn’t really have the same ring to it, does it? (Via Twitter / @Marley_Jay,@emfred)
The Atlantic explains the hubbub: “The insistence that over is not synonymous with more than is drilled into the eager skulls of first-year journalism students everywhere. … [It] was stylistic conservatism that could be lorded over the uninitiated.”
But for all the fury about the rule change, we have to ask: why is this even a thing?
Grammar Girl notes the preference for “more than” started with the style quirks of an 1877 newspaper editor and spread from there. “The majority of style pros attribute the objection to tradition and not actual grammar rules.”
And the Columbia Journalism Review notes “over” has been used in dictionaries to refer to numerical quantities since the 14th century. “All those centuries of precedent would seem to make ‘over’ unexceptionable. Better still, natural.”
Oh, and in case you were wondering, “under” and “less than” are now synonymous as well. As for us, we’re more than over this controversy.
And that brings me to a personal pet peeve: misuse of ‘about’
The two articles above bring me to a personal pet peeve: what I perceive as terrible misuse of ‘about’ in reference to numbers.
Have heard and read reporters using, er, mis-using, the reference in numerous stories recently. Something like ‘about’ 17 attended the meeting, or ‘about 77’ signed the petition.
My position is 17, or 24, at 98, is an exact number, so ‘about’ cannot and should not be used. ‘About’ means roughly and it would only be appropriate with numbers divisible by 5 — 15, 35, 40, 95. ‘About’ 95 people attended the meeting gives the reader an idea; it could have actually been 93 or 96 people. If you’re going to use an exact number, then forget the about. Say 17 people signed the petition, not ‘about 17.’
Maybe I’m old school, and I admit to that. But if you don’t want me to get my dander up, then use ‘about’ with only a number divisible by 5. Period!
Technology got you puzzled? Fall Newspaper Institute is what you need
Since 1997, newspaper designers, publishers, editors and technical staff have gathered at the Institute of Newspaper Technology, a three-day event at the University of Tennessee. The brainchild of Kevin Slimp, NIT is recognized internationally as the leading program of its type in the world.
Held on campus at the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, The Institute of Newspaper Technology will offer classes in InDesign, Photoshop, Page Design for Print & Web, Networking, Digital Tools, Video on the Web, Illustrator, Illustration, Adobe Bridge, PDF Troubleshooting and much more!
The speaker lineup includes Kevin Slimp, Ed Henninger, Karl Kuntz, Lisa Griffin, Tracey Trumbull, Rob Heller, Danny Wilson and others will be on hand to teach our students the latest skills in newspaper layout and design for print and the Web.
For more information, go to http://www.newspaperinstitute.com or call 865.584.5761.
APME wants to know how you handle website comments
The Associated Press Media Editors has some questions about how news outlets handle website comments from the public. It’s APME’s latest effort to spotlight a news industry issue by gauging the views of journalists directly involved.
Are names required with public comments at your website? How does your outlet monitor comments? What value do you place on such feedback? Are online comments likely to remain a fixture at your website?
APME requests the completion of a brief survey by Friday, May 9. Link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8YL5QTJ Use password: Comments (uppercase C)
If you encounter a problem accessing the survey, email email@example.com for assistance.
Results will appear in APME publications.
SPJ opens nominations for writing awards
The Society of Professional Journalists has opened nominations for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing and the First Amendment Award. Applications are due by June 22.
The $75,000 fellowship awards an editorial writer the opportunity to travel, take courses or pursue independent study or other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public-interest issue. The fellow produces editorials or other writings within 18 months of receiving the award. A grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SPJ’s supporting foundation) supports this educational fellowship.
The other fellowship includes a $10,000 award and salutes individuals, groups or organizations that work to preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Since 2002, the award has kept Pulliam’s passion for the First Amendment alive by recognizing similar values in journalists, educators, news organizations and free-speech and press advocates.
Nominate a worthy person, group of people or organization for the Pulliam First Amendment Award.
Visit SPJʼs website at http://www.spj.org/a-pulliam.asp to learn more.
Looking for good, cheap gas?
At the same time gas prices are rising in Central Kentucky — today it’s $3.89 in Georgetown and Frankfort — envy Jamie Johnson and her staff at the Franklin Favorite. Had to go that way yesterday and jumped at the chance of $3.47 gas. Gas can’t be that much ‘fresher’ in Central Kentucky that makes it worth 40 cents a gallon more. And I would assume the federal and state taxes on gas in Franklin, KY.,…. oops, disobeyed the new AP style …, and state taxes on gas in Franklin, Kentucky, so don’t give me that argument either.