August 30, 2013

  • We’ll call this the ‘It’s Time’ edition of On Second Thought
  • It’s time for the Inaugural Golf Tournament
  • It’s time for the KPA Fall Chapter Series with Woody and Chloe
  • It’s time for you to start gathering news AND advertising entries for the two Fall Contests
  • And it’s almost time to file your Statement of Ownership

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It’s time!! After months of anticipation, Monday is the day!!

The Inaugural Border War golf tournament, featuring teams from Kentucky Press members and Tennessee Press members, is slated for Monday, September 9, at Fairvue Plantation Country Club near Gallatin, TN. The tournament is put on by the foundations of both state press associations and proceeds will be divided between the two foundations.

For the Kentucky Journalism Foundation, the golf outing could lead to a few more internships being offered in 2014. Since 1993, KPA/KJF has been placing up to 24 interns with members — newspapers and Associates — and proceeds from the inaugural event might mean two or three more internships being offered.

There won’t be any live TV coverage, videostreaming or even a tape delay of the tournament, just a lot of fun and fellowship for some 66 golfers representing both states.


It’s time for Woody, Chloe and Leigh Anne in ‘Outstanding in His Field’

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He’s back!! Kentucky’s wonder dachshund, Woody, and his sister Chloe, will be making appearances in more than 60 newspapers starting Sunday with this year’s Fall Chapter Series, ‘Outstanding in His Field.’ The series, written by Leigh Anne Florence with illustrations by Chris Ware of the Lexington Herald-Leader, continues 10 weeks.

Everything’s available online this year so if you haven’t signed up to publish the series, today is the last day. Go to www.kypress.com/nie and fill out the registration form. We’ll send you the link to text, graphics and other materials next week.

And it’s also time for CONTESTS!!

KPA Contests are ready and online; Etown, Murray Quick on the Draw

It didn’t take long for the Elizabethtown News Enterprise and the Murray Ledger and Times to get registered for one of the two KPA contests. The News Enterprise was the first to register for the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers – 2013 news competition and Murray followed about 10 minutes later, registering for the Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspaper competition. We made the links available to publishers, editors and ad managers on Tuesday and by the end of that day, we already had 11 newspapers signed up.

Don’t delay getting registered. We already have 19 papers registered for the News Contest and 10 for the Ad Contest. So “it’s time” to get your newspaper registered.

For the Newsroom — to enter, go to http://www.kpacontest.com and get registered first. That’s the initial step before you do anything else. If you don’t register, you can’t get access to entering.

For the Advertising side — same thing, but go to http://www.kpaadcontest.com to get registered before you think about submitting entries.

The deadline for both contests is Friday, October 18.

The KPA Ad Contest awards banquet and presentation will be Thursday, January 23, at the 2014 KPA Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

The KPA News Contest awards banquet and presentation will be Friday, January 24, also at the 2014 KPA Convention at the Hyatt in Lexington.

Good luck to all. And as they say, you can’t win if you don’t enter!!

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Advocate Communications shifting all printing to Winchester

The Advocate-Messenger and its sister publications in Kentucky will move all printing to the company’s press in Winchester before the end of the year, Publisher Scott Schurz Jr. announced Thursday.

Advocate Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Schurz Communications Inc. of Mishawaka, Ind., also publishes The Winchester Sun, a daily, and The Interior Journal of Stanford and The Jessamine Journal of Nicholasville, both weeklies. The weeklies currently are printed in Danville on the same press as The Advocate.

The Danville press will be shut down and dismantled and the printing operations transferred on a date to be determined as progress is made on an upgrade to the Winchester press. The move also will result in the closure of the Danville operation’s pre-distribution facility, the transfer of its insertion machinery, and the sale if its sheet-fed press, which is used for smaller printing jobs.

Nine full-time and two part-time positions have been eliminated at the Danville plant. However, three of the people whose jobs have been eliminated have been offered full-time employment in Winchester.

“This has been a difficult decision,” Schurz said. “We have dedicated and hard-working employees. Ultimately, we have chosen to make the move to a more reliable press with additional color and quality elements to benefit our customers and give our communities the best possible products.”

Schurz said the goal is to produce newspapers for all the company’s central Kentucky properties that display clear and sharp color reproduction. “With the consolidation of our production process to our Winchester Sun location, our readers, advertisers and commercial print customers will all notice an improved product,” he said.

Schurz explained that it is no longer feasible to operate and maintain two presses, each operating just a few hours a day, and that the Winchester press produces a higher quality of printing. The Danville press also is older, more costly to maintain and replacing it would be too expensive, Schurz said.

Across the country, there has been a trend for newspapers to either outsource the production of their newspapers or to consolidate the production to one location within the company, including at Schurz Communications newspapers in other states.

“This move is a difficult one for our newsrooms,” said ACI Executive Editor John Nelson, “especially in Danville. We will be saying goodbye to several friends and co-workers with whom we have had longstanding relationships, and we will have to adjust to the fact that an iconic machine that has produced our work every day for many years is going away. But this is a necessary move designed not only to produce a better-looking product but an opportunity to focus our energy on producing better content both in print and online.”

Nelson said the move will require some schedule changes, but he anticipates no further staff reductions or interruption in newsflow.

It’s the trend

Had it not been for the recycled newsprint legislation back in 1992 that required a report be filed annually, I probably wouldn’t be able to give you this information without a lot of research.

But KPA started making the report in 1993 and at the time we were getting reports from 45 printing plants around the state. That same report now, with Danville’s plant closing, would involve only 26 plants, if my math is correct. A quick glance at the initial report would reveal 19 fewer printing plants now than then.

Editorialize to get local public agencies to let the public speak

Strangely, I’ve had several calls or emails this year about local public agencies refusing to let the public speak during meetings. While some (Georgetown, for instance) set aside an agenda time to allow the public four minutes each to address the council on any issue, many apparently silence the audience by refusing comments as the agenda items proceed or refusing to set time aside for the public to be heard.

It’s not in the Open Meetings Law that the public should be given the right to speak but it seems only fair that public agencies should allow that. It is the public’s business what the agency discusses and decides so the public should have time to give their opinions or ideas.

I would think you agree with that, that the public should have the privilege and if so, next time you’re looking for an editorial idea, write it. Get on the local agencies — city, county, school board — if they don’t allow that time: give them a compliment if they do.

NNA warns federal regs may freeze foreclosures in mid-January

By Tonda F. Rush, CEO and General Counsel, National Newspaper Association

Newspapers that have already faced much disruption in their public notice business for foreclosures may be about to face another shock. The mortgage foreclosure process will freeze for many types of loans from mid-January to mid-April while mortgage servicers begin to comply with a new set of federal consumer protection rules.

How quickly the transition in the remaining months of 2013 will develop remains to be seen.

The new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently required its first permanent director when Richard Cordray was finally approved by the Senate in early July after long partisan-driven delays, has flexed its new muscles over the mortgage markets. In July, it finalized a new set of consumer protection rules governing mortgage services that are intended to give borrowers more tools to avoid losing their homes.

The new rules are intended to stall foreclosures for 120 days after a lender determines a loan is in default. During that time, the servicer has new obligations to give borrowers an opportunity to avoid foreclosure, such as refinancing, agreeing to short sales and simply raising the money to cure the default.

Only after the 120 days have tolled can the servicer begin the foreclosure process.

The new rules also prevent services from providing forced-insurance without following certain personal notice processes and must comply with requests for data corrections within a specified time period.

Many states have already imposed slower foreclosure processes upon lenders. But in most cases, servicers have been able to simultaneously prepare for the foreclosure while negotiating over redemption relief with borrowers.
The newspaper public notices are part of the now-delayed foreclosure process.

Small mortgage servicers that handle fewer than 5,000 mortgages–which includes most community banks and credit unions—are not covered by the new rules and can proceed with foreclosures under current law in their states.

The new rules kick in Jan. 10, 2014. 

Bradley L. Thompson II, president of the Public Notice Resource Center, which tracks public notice trends around the country, said the new rules would be disruptive for newspapers.

“The new bureau is clearly reaching out to make sure lenders know it means business,” he said. “The public notice interruption is now caught up in this exercise because we provide an essential and transparent back-end part of the foreclosure process. The rule may have some unintended consequences. I suspect some servicers who have been working with borrowers to cure defaults may accelerate their foreclosure decisions to get them wrapped up in 2013. After that, we will have to wait until the 120 days elapses before we see the foreclosure process resume. It is hard to argue with good faith intentions to help protect borrowers. But newspapers should prepare for a change in their public notice pages for a few months as this rule goes into effect.”

October’s approaching and that means it’s about time for the USPS Statement of Ownership

U.S. Postal Service requires publishers of newspapers and other publications, including foreign publications, which are qualified for Periodicals Mail, to file the annual Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (PS Form 3526) with the post office no later than October 1.

Publication requirement
This form also must be published in the newspaper as follows:
● For publications issued more frequently than weekly, by October 10
● For weekly or less frequently, but more frequently than monthly, by October 31
● For monthly or less frequently, in the first issue published after October 1

For more information, go to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 300, section 707.8.3.1: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/707.htm

Lewis Owens Community Service Award

If you didn’t have the chance to know Lewis Owens, who was publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader at the time of his death, and KPA President in 1984 you missed knowing one of the most dedicated community service believers in the industry. Lewis was all about helping others and his community service efforts while at the Herald-Leader attest to that.

Soon as his death, the Herald-Leader renamed its annual Community Service Award to memorialize Lewis Owens. And each year, the Herald-Leader asks for nominations for the award. It’s been newspaper staff and individuals who have received this award. And it’s all about the newspaper’s or individual’s service to the community.

If you can think of someone in the newspaper industry who exhibits the strong community service/community involvement that Lewis so strongly believer in then please nominate that individual (or group, if it’s a staff). You can submit your nominations to Tom Caudill (tcaudill@herald-leader.com). Please explain in your nomination the community service this newspaper person/s have been involved in.

The award winner will be announced Friday, January 24, 2014, at the 2014 KPA Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

RCFP has mobile app for reporters

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched RCFP FirstAid, a mobile application that gives reporters in the field immediate access to legal resources, particularly in situations where newsgathering or access may be stymied. If reporters need more help, the app also provides an instant connection to the Reporters Committee website and its 24-7 media law hotline.

RCFP FirstAid is available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. To find the app, users can visit the Apple, Google or Amazon app stores or search them for “Reporters Committee.”

“This is the app every working journalist needs,” explained Reporters Committee Interim Executive Director Gregg P. Leslie. “It will be useful to all types of journalists, from beat reporters at major news outlets to independent bloggers who are covering the news in their neighborhood.”

Users can view legal topics covering: Gathering the news; Court access; Public meetings; Public records; Reporter’s Privilege; and Libel. Within each category, users can narrow in on their particular need. For example, under Court access, they will find access information including juror questionnaires, arrest records, pretrial records and more. Many of the questions also include state-specific law if the user has selected one or more states.

In addition to direct access to the Reporters Committee’s main hotline by phone and email, the app will connect reporters to special local hotlines in Tampa and Charlotte that will be in operation for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Just as importantly, journalists can suggest new topics for the app through a “Feedback” button, so that the content can continue to evolve to meet the needs of reporters on the street.

The RCFP FirstAid app is made possible by a gift to the Reporters Committee from the Stanton Foundation. The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, a pioneer of the television industry, who built CBS into a broadcasting powerhouse during his 25 years as its president. Among Stantonʼs myriad contributions to CBS and the broadcasting industry, he ensured that television was used as an instrument of civic education, and he was a determined and committed defender of free speech and the First Amendment.

Those tags, Hi-sliders and Popunders are back in the news

Got this report from Teresa Revlett on August activity for the online sales through KPS.

Overall impressions were up 9% from July to August for our online activity. This new revenue stream continues to grow for the member newspapers participating.

199,597 impressions for Tag2 and Hi Sliders billed $568.64

58,726 impressions for Popunders billed $190.85

KPA/KPS/KJF Staff Update

Hopefully in next week’s On Second Thought I’ll be able to announce our new Statewide Classified Coordinator. Teresa and I are excited. The person we’ve selected has nearly 25 years’ newspaper advertising experience. She’s not been in the business the last few years but “have it in my blood” and has been looking for the opportunity to get back into newspaper ad sales.
Also, the Past Presidents recommended and the KPA/KPS Board accepted adding a Development Director position to the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. None of us on staff have the experience or the time to do fund-raising and this position is being created just for that. We’ve received a dozen to 15 letters of interest and resumes, some of them quite impressive. The goal is to have someone on staff in mid to late October. For up to the first two years, the person will be in a fund-raising mode but eventually might branch out into other areas such as helping with NIE projects. But we’ll talk about that in a couple of years. Right now, we’re looking for a person to focus strictly on fund-raising.

Upcoming Webinars:

Two webinars scheduled for later this month that could be of interest to you.

September 13   Digital Subscriptions — Highlights, Trends and Potential

2-3 pm/Eastern; 1-2pm/Central

Registration: $35

To avoid late fee, register by September 10. For more information and to register at Online Media Campus:
http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/2013/07/digital-subscriptions-highlights-trends-potential/

 

September 20   Collaborating for Success: Competitive Business Models

2-3 pm/Eastern; 1-2pm/Central

Registration: $35

To avoid late fee, register by September 17. For more information and to register at Online Media Campus:
http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/2013/08/collaborating-success-competitive-business-models/

 

Schedule for next week

Well, I’ll be in Gallatin, TN., all day Monday and heading back that night. Just hope there’s not the travel fiasco on I-65 like last time that results in a three-hour trip taking more than eight hours. And I’m heading back then because Leigh Ann Thacker and I will be meeting Tuesday morning with a couple of other lobbyists on our Worker’s Compensation Insurance legislation.

I think that pretty much takes care of next week, other than keeping up with all of you registering for the KPA News and KPA Advertising contests. Remember, that’s the first step so get it done now. Don’t wait until the entry deadline of Friday, October 18, to try to register.

And I look forward to reading about Woody and Chloe in the Fall Chapter Series, ‘Outstanding in His Field.’

And then looking ahead at the calendar

September 8, 2013 – Fall Chapter Series with Woody and Chloe Begins 10-week Run

September 9, 2013 – 2013 Inaugural Border War Golf Tournament, Kentucky Press vs. Tennessee Press members, Fairvue Plantation Country Club, Gallatin, TN

September 12 – 15, 2013 – 127th Annual National Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, Phoenix, AZ

October 6 – 12 – 2013 National Newspaper Week, sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers (watch for a notice about downloading materials to promote your newspaper and your industry)

October 24 – 25, 2013  – 2013 KPA Fall Board Retreat – Dale Hollow Lake State Park – Burkesville, KY

November 3 – 5, 2013 – 2013 Southeast Region Newspaper Association Managers (SERNAM) Fall Conference, Park Vista Hotel, Gatlinburg

January 23 – 24, 2014 – 2014 KPA Winter Convention, Hyatt Regency, Lexington

June 5 – 7, 2014 – Tennessee Press Association Summer Convention, Park Vista Doubletree Hotel, Gatlinburg (KPA members are invited)

August 5 – 10, 2014 – 91st Annual Newspaper Association Managers Convention, Doubletree Hotel/Downtown, Nashville

January 22 – 23, 2015 – 2015 KPA Winter Convention, Marriott East, Louisville

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