January 10th, 2013

A little of this, a little of that and some of everything else in 5,989 words!

• New KPA Stadium isn’t on state lists of new buildings but gets an A++ in Scott County High class

• Would you like the latest news with your lunch receipt?

• Convention, convention, convention– is anything else happening?

• Oh yeah, guess there is — the short session of the Kentucky General Assembly

• Tennessee Child Protective Services takes page on secrecy from Kentucky CPS

• January advertising – $207,628.11



Naming rights. That’s the big thing with athletic practice facilities, arenas, locker rooms, stadiums and just about anywhere you might find sports.

So it’s no surprise to see the new KPA Stadium getting rave reviews from a teacher at Scott County High, and a project of SCHS student Beau Revlett. If the last name is familiar, Beau’s the son of KPS Sales Director Teresa Revlett, and husband Sam.

Beau had a project assignment for the Sports and Marketing Events class at Scott County High. So he chose to make a football stadium and appropriately named it “KPA Stadium.”

And like every other sports facilities, it comes with other sponsors, including Applebee’s Restaurants. Other sponsors include Nike (the field), Sports Connection on the scoreboards, Galvin’s, Between Friends and Evans Orchard. Most of those sponsors are Georgetown/Scott County businesses so I guess that’s where the new stadium is located.

Unlike UK, however, I would imagine Beau wouldn’t be exaggerating the number of people actually attending a game or event at KPA Stadium.


It’s very possible our number of room nights at The Brown is a record. I don’t keep previous numbers but I do have last year’s.

At the Embassy Suites for January 2012, we ended with 167 total room nights. That’s one room night for each room used each night. And that was right on target with how we contract with hotels to get good rates.

This year’s number of room nights was at 246 earlier in the week, with two nights showing at least 70 rooms reserved both nights. That number could go up as the Procrastinators Association members remember they haven’t yet made room reservations. So go ahead now and get that done at www.kypress.com/kpa2013


This comes from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Sound familiar? You can read the whole story at www.rcfp.org

Tenn. court to review child death records withheld from public

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | January 8, 2013

A Tennessee judge in the Davidson County Chancery Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether she should make public controversial child fatality records held by the state’s Department of Children’s Services.

A coalition of a dozen media organizations filed a lawsuit in December against the department after it denied the media organizations’ public records requests for details about more than 200 children under the department’s watch. The coalition began after The Tennessean filed a request for the records and department officials failed to respond, prompting other media organizations to file the same request. The media organizations then joined together in filing the suit.

According to the lawsuit, the department has not cited any provision of the Tennessee Public Records Act that would permit them to withhold the records, arguing only that the sensitive records regarding child fatalities require careful balancing between the privacy rights of children and families and the public’s right to know.

“When it’s not clear why a government agency is withholding information, in this case dealing with the deaths of several children that were in DCS custody, I think at some point it becomes necessary for the public to demand that information,” said Greg Sherrill, executive director of the Tennessee Press Association.

In the lawsuit, the news organizations demanded that the DCS turn over the requested records to the court so that the judge could redact any confidential information and release the records to the public. The department today brought reports on four deceased children for the judge to look through, said Robb Harvey, who represented The Tennessean in the hearing today.


Sen. Julie Denton, chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, held a meeting Wednesday afternoon to let Senate and House members hear testimony from some of the “victims” of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Those testifying included a mother and a grandfather in separate situations but both quite frustrated with the Department of Child Protective Services, and the cabinet. Both were brought to tears as they talked about their different situations. And Senator Denton was as well as she talked about the frustrations these two had shared with her over the last two months and the status of the children involved.

The commissioner of CPS testified with the same “I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong” excuse even though she had heard about an hour’s worth of testimony. Senator Denton had a licensed psychologist call in to testify and she too related numerous communication problems with the cabinet and a perceived lack of action on this. Also testifying was a Kentucky State Police office who heads an investigative unit and confirmed some of the situations the mother of the one boy relayed to the committee.


Checked up Thursday afternoon on the situation in Tennessee and found two stories in The Tennessean on the issue there. One says two CPS officials — both with titles of executive directors — were fired and another article has a really nice quote from the House Caucus Chair:

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner sent letters today to Governor Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey requesting they convene a joint Government Operations Committee meeting to investigate the department’s refusal to release records.

“The mission of the Department of Children’s Services is too important for them to operate in secrecy,” Turner was quoted as saying in a news release. “It is well past time that we have a full accounting of problems within the agency, so we can determine how best to move forward and fix them.”


Several weeks ago, I had lunch in Owensboro with Bob Morris, publisher at the Messenger-Inquirer. As we finished lunch, I noticed the waitress handed Bob something that looked like a cell phone. I thought maybe he had gotten a call from the office and she brought him the phone.

Turns out it was a phone but it had a credit card reader Square attached to it. Hadn’t seen one of those. The waitress had run Bob’s credit card through the small Square and then handed him it to sign. He signed with his finger and then had the receipt emailed to him automatically.

I was reminded of that introduction to lunch technology when I received this below from friend and colleague Layne Bruce at the Mississippi Press Association:

If you have lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill in DC, the waiter will hand you a “news receipt” with the latest Associated Press headlines and, of course, advertising. It’s part of an experiment backers hope to take nationwide.

The service will strive to deliver “events that broke during the diner’s meal,” an improvement over diners checking smartphones and not “contributing to table conversation and interaction.”

Now diners can check their “news receipts” while not “contributing to table conversation and interaction.”

Here’s what a “news receipt” looks like.



The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications seeks entries for the David Dick “What a Great Story!” Storytelling Awards. The deadline for entries is January 31.

Two awards, one for a UK student journalist and the other for a professional journalist working in Kentucky, will be presented to recognize outstanding storytelling.

The awards were established to honor the memory of David Dick, professor emeritus and former director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a champion of great journalistic storytelling. Dick died in July 2010.

The judges are looking for the best in storytelling — that which enlightens and informs while captivating the audience so they get the full story. Great storytelling can break a heart or inspire it. It can be sublime or ridiculous, but it is always memorable.

Entries are not limited to hard news; they may include features, advocacy journalism, personality profiles, columns and obituaries. The essentials are good writing informed by good reporting on whatever platform. No matter what the form, the story should be well developed and free from errors, and should possess sound journalistic mechanics and exhibit high ethical standards.

Entries must have been published in the 2012 calendar year. There will be two winners: one student, one professional.

The student award is open to UK journalism majors for work published or completed through student media, at an internship, or at any recognized media outlet (radio, TV, newspaper, magazine or independently edited website) during 2012. The student may self-nominate or be nominated by any UK faculty or staff member.

The professional award will be for work done for any bona fide Kentucky media outlet (radio, TV, newspaper, magazine or independently edited website) published or broadcast during 2010. The professional may self-nominate or be nominated by anyone.

All entries must be submitted online. To submit an entry, go to http://jat.uky.edu/awards/daviddickstorytellingawards.html.

All entries must be uploaded no later than midnight ET on Thursday, Jan. 31. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony and will receive a certificate and a monetary prize.


Part of the numerous sessions planned for the KPA Convention includes combined offerings with the Kentucky News Photographers Association. And we thank the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association for assisting.

These sessions will be on Friday, January 25, and will be in the Secretariat Room, on the first floor of The Brown Hotel. So please reach out to all your photographers and encourage them to register for the convention and to plan on attending KNPA’s/KPA’s sessions on January 25.

A couple of links you will need for this:

KNPA SPEAKER BIOS — http://www.knpa.org/faculty/

CONVENTION INFO — www.kypress.com/convention

ROOM RESERVATION — www.kypress.com/kpa2013 (the reservation deadline was January 3 and The Brown may not honor our $94 room rate. but give it a shot!!)

Here’s the KNPA lineup and these sessions will be in the Secretariat Room on the first floor. All other KPA sessions on Friday are on the third floor:

9 – 10:15 a.m. David Stephenson, University of Kentucky

Cell Phone Journalism – Some of the best multimedia journalism, no kidding, has been done on something as simple as an iPhone. David will give you a rundown on what some of the pros have done as well as show you some great student work around the country. He’ll also give you a down and dirty demonstration on how to produce a good multimedia piece with your phone.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Lisa Marie Miller, The Columbus Dispatch

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Kevin Martin, San Antonio Express-News

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Matt Dietrich, Indianapolis Star, President of the INPA

3:45 – 5 p.m. Dave Weatherwax, The Herald (Jasper, Ind.)


During the Kentucky News Photographers Association convention January 25-26, Canon and Nikon cameras will have a booth (in the Winner’s Circle area on the first floor) and will offer FREE cleaning of your Canon or Nikon cameras. They’ll also check to make sure there are no problems with them. This includes KPA folks so bring your Canon or Nikon and head down to the Winner’s Circle foyer on the first floor and get your camera cleaned.


We’ve been telling you about the acronym Winter Convention — KPA, KIPA, KNPA and KHSJA — and the possibility that over the three days there could be 1000 in-training and professional journalists around The Brown Hotel.

Well, we have a great start on that number with the Kentucky High School Journalism Association’s convention day on Thursday, January 24. David Greer reports he already has 440 high school journalism students registered for that and it could go up a few more. 450 to 500 is within reason.


We’re always encouraged to get some new faces at conventions and 2013 will be no different. In fact, of the first 96 who have registered, there’s a good number who could be attending their first convention, or the first one in quite a while. Name badges will be a must this year.

And it’s especially great to see some of them, particularly some of the weeklies, bringing a good number of staff members to Louisville.

If you want to get the most out of this convention it’s going to take more than just you representing your newspaper. Give staff a chance to learn, to talk with their peers, to get out of the office, to relieve some of the stress and to enjoy what KPA has to offer. It will be money well spent.


A few weeks ago, I mentioned a conference scheduled for January 22 at the Cardome Center in Georgetown. Debra Hoskins has been coordinating this and Wednesday morning sent this notice:

“The Cardome conference, ‘Words in a Changing World: From Bradford to Bloggers,’ will need to be postponed until February or March, instead of January 22nd. Postponing the event is mandated by a scheduling conflict that has arisen with John Carroll, our keynote speaker. John very much wants to participate in the conference – and we certainly want him to do so – so the only solution was to reschedule.

“I am truly sorry that this might be an inconvenience for your planning, but hope you will understand and look forward to participating when the new date is set. Ms. Suzanne Cassidy, Director of Cardome and of the conference, extends her apologies for any inconvenience with your schedules as well. Her desire to present an important event regarding the future (and past) of newspapers is of utmost importance.”

Hopefully, Debra will notify me of the reschedule date and I’ll pass that along.


Scott Gaines was recently named co-publisher of News Publishing and his brother, Steve Gaines, was named editor.

A fifth generation in the newspaper family, the brothers will share the reins of the operation with their father, Pipes Gaines, who will remain co-publisher.

“While I will be working fewer hours, I am not going anywhere,” Pipes Gaines said in his president’s report to employees. “Rest assured that I will remain engaged and committed to the success and viability of this newspaper.”

Outside work, Pipes Gaines plans to take more time for farming, hunting, fishing and his wife, Susan.

In addition to his new duties, Steve Gaines will continue to maintain the family’s voice on the editorial page.

Scott Gaines most recently held the position of general manager, which now will be filled by Kent O’Toole, a former advertising manager for the Daily News and most recently a sales consultant to the paper.

Other changes that occurred last year included the naming of Joe Imel as assistant managing editor for the online edition of the Daily News. Former city editor Daniel Pike stepped into the role of assistant managing editor for the print edition, and former reporter Deborah Highland was named city editor.

Andy Dennis remains in his role as managing editor.

The Daily News is one of the two family-operated daily newspapers in the state.


Local Online Ad Rev To Grow 31% in 2013; local radio to drop 5.9%

Online advertising is expected to make up 25% of the total local ad pie in 2013, growing 31% over 2012’s total to $24.5 billion, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. Local ad spending as a whole is predicted to rise 8.2% to $96.2 billion.

By Staff

NetNewsCheck, January 9, 2013 4:49 PM EST

Local ad spending is expected to grow 8.2% to $96.2 billion in 2013, with online making up the lion’s share of the total, according to a new report coming out tomorrow from Borrell Associates.

According to the report, local online advertising is predicted to rise from $18.7 billion in 2012 to $24.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 31%. Online is expected to remain the top category for local advertising, beating out newspapers, whose local ad revenue will remain relatively flat — $17.83 billion in 2012 to $17. 95 billion in 2013 — while its share of the pie falls nearly 2% to 18.6%.

Local TV stations are expected to see revenue rise slightly from $11 billion to $11.9 billion, with its share remaining flat at 12.3%.

Borrell predicted that local radio would see a 5.9% drop in local ad revenue to $11 billion for the year. Local magazines, shoppers and alternative newsweeklies are also expected to see a decline, dropping 2.5% to $7.7 billion.

Most of 2013’s online ad growth is expected to come from newcomers and high rollers, according to Borrell.

Only 20% of small businesses surveyed said they planned to increase their online advertising, while 52% said they expected to spend the same. SMBs also continue to show high interest in mobile, the firm found, with 83% who have used mobile campaigns likely to continue.


The first four days — termed the Part I/Organizational session — of the 2013 General Assembly ends today. They’ll go home for a while then return Tuesday, February 5 for the final 26 days. Bet on this not being the only session in 2013 because there are already mentions of at least one Special Session after the regular session ends. So what else is new? They do this year-in, year-out.

There have been some bills introduced in the first week that we’re interested and next week I’ll get an email out to publishers and editors about those. Some are good, some need tweaking and some just need to never see the light of day.

One of the better ones is the reason for a meeting later this meeting. Jon Fleischaker and I were asked by Rep. Jim Wayne to meet with him and Chief Justice Minton on some legislation concerning the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Again, I’ll read through all the bills that have been filed and will be getting you a report in the next few days.

Just got a report from Ginger Stanley, the E.D. of the Virginia Press Association. Her legislature has been in session two days. And there are SIX public notice bills facing VPA. And NONE of the six are “good” bills. And a similar report comes from Connecticut.


When there’s mention of digital scanners used by law enforcement and emergency agencies, I turn to David Greer for background. In our staff meeting this week, he mentioned that as of right now, only Uniden is manufacturing digital scanners. The Chinese government has apparently closed down, the one other company, GRE, maybe temporarily.

I asked David to put in writing this and other information of digital scanners. Here’s his assessment:

Slowly but surely, public service agencies across Kentucky, such as police, fire and EMS, are following the federal mandate to switch their two-way radio communications from analog to digital systems. Bowling Green is the latest Kentucky community to begin the journey from analog to digital.

As journalists, the ability to monitor local public service radio communications has always been an important newsgathering tool for us. But the transition from analog to digital has caused problems. Several years ago, Kentucky State Police became the first agency to switch. As such, many newspaper journalists — and the general public too — suddenly found it impossible to listen to local KSP communications. An important newsgathering tool was lost until the manufacturers of police scanners obtained the rights to make scanners incorporating the needed digital protocols.

But technology is always moving on and other companies entered the public service digital radio market and began giving Motorola competition. Again, the makers of scanners lagged behind. Along the way there were mergers and acquisitions in the electronics world and the end result was that there were only two companies left that still made police scanners capable of receiving digital transmissions.

Well, it appears that for now, the world is down to one.

Uniden and GRE had been the survivors. But now GRE says it is out of the digital scanner market. GRE, based in Japan, made its digital police scanners at a Chinese factory. GRE America says on its website that the company was forced to close its Chinese factory. GRE planned to open a new facility but the world’s recession put those plans on ice — for now. So GRECOM and Radio Shack digital scanners are no longer being made. And the company isn’t saying if the situation is temporary or permanent.

For now, it leaves UNIDEN as the only ballgame in town. And some digital formats, such as Kenwood’s NEXEDGE, already in use in some Kentucky communities, cannot be received on many scanners available today.

The situation is forcing journalists either to do without, make arrangements with their local public service agencies for some sort of audio feed or use smart phone apps, which might not cover your community.


If the response this week is an indication, there are going to be a lot of journalists carrying the 2013-14 KPA Media pass. I put out the reminder that these are good for two years so if a staff member’s media pass isn’t dated 2012-13, they’ll need a new one.

We’ve probably approved, printed, sealed and sent 50 new Media passes this week alone.


It’s kinda back to normal for three weeks with the legislators heading home after their morning chambers sessions. Not much to do except to introduce guests and that kinda stuff since no bills have been heard by any committees. Though there might be an interim committee meeting or two, for the most part we won’t see them again until February 5.

Monday — I have my annual cardiologist appointment. I have the stress test process at 7:30 p.m. and then meet with my cardiologist at 12:45. The stress test part usually takes about three hours and then I’m with the doctor for maybe 30 to 60 minutes. I should be in mid-afternoon.

Other than Monday, the schedule is pretty clear next week. Will spend it finalizing everything for the winter convention and then reviewing all the bills filed this week. Busy but no overly hectic week ahead.


This is somewhat long but you can tell it’s a heartfelt article from Kevin Slimp about the Morley Safer segment on 60 Minutes that newspapers are dead. Kevin, of course, will be joining us January 24 at the convention, always one of the more popular sessions we have. Several newspapers in Tennessee published Kevin’s article in response to 60 Minutes. You can publish this if you like but it’s as much aimed at you as it is your readers.

Kevin Slimp is Director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology, and Director of Technology for Tennessee Press Service. He can be reached at kevin@kevinslimp.com.

60 Minutes Tackles Times-Picayune

By Kevin Slimp

My 13-year-old son received an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. I know my son. Probably as well as I’ve ever known anyone. And I knew, given time, he would lose his expensive gift.

In an effort to soften the blow when the device did turn up missing, I had Zachary create a background screen with the words, “If you find this iPod, please email kevin@kevinslimp.com to let my dad know you have it.”

I had to tell you that story, so you would understand the reference to my son a little further down this column.

Now for story number two. In the late 90s, I left the newspaper world for a few years to be director of communications for the United Methodist Church in my part of the United States. I had a staff that created publications, online content, P.R. material and a newspaper. Some of the most interesting aspects of my job came under the heading of “crisis communication.”

As crisis communication director, I prepared the organization for emergencies we hoped we’d never see. Several thousand professionals made up the clergy and staffs of these congregations and it was my job to be sure they were ready in the event of a “media event.” I was quite adept at getting TV reporters to report just about anything. Newspapers weren’t as quick – you might say “gullible” – to accept everything as the truth, so I generally used television to get information out to the masses.

This meant I would create text that ministers and others were to use if called by a member of the media during a crisis. They were always instructed, if the reporter wanted more information than I had provided, to contact me directly.

Understanding that story will also come in handy as you read further.

So last night I was having dinner with a friend when I got a text that read, “Are you watching 60 Minutes?”

“No,” was my immediate response.

“They’re saying the newspaper industry is dead. I thought you’d want to know.”

Within minutes came an email from Karen Geary of the Paris Post-Intelligencer in West Tennessee.

“Did you see 60 Minutes? It’s a story about The Times-Picayune. They’re saying newspapers are dead.”

The evening continued like that with texts, emails and calls arriving from concerned viewers near and far.

This is morning, I found the 12-minute clip online and watched it. Then I watched it again. Then I watched it and took notes. In less than 11 seconds, Morley Safer said, referring to newspapers, “virtually an entire industry in free-fall.”

The story, of course, was about the Times-Picayune move from a daily to three days a week publication.

I was especially interested because some of the folks in the story were the same folks who contacted me back when the shift was announced.

Steve Newhouse declined to be interviewed for the story. That job fell to Jim Amoss, longtime editor of the paper.

Safer’s first question to Amoss seemed simple enough. “Did you agree with the decision to start publishing three days a week?”

I’m listening to this interview for the fourth time as I write. And for the life of me, I still haven’t heard him answer the question. He gave what sounded to me like a “packaged” response, the kind I might have written years ago.

It reminded me so much of my son, when I asked where his iPod was, knowing full well it had been lost. He told me all about the possible places an iPod could be, without coming out and telling me he’d lost it a few days earlier.

I felt for him. I wanted Amoss to tell us what he really thought, one way or the other. All I got from listening to his interview was that the industry was grappling with options. Safer equated what was happening to surgery, where all the limbs are amputated and replaced by artificial limbs.

In an open letter to Advance, the paper’s parent company, several high profile citizens of New Orleans, including many names that you would know, wrote that “The Newhouses are losing the trust of the community.”

David Carr, New York Times reporter, said, “I don’t think they expected the hurricane winds that came against them.”

Yet in a radio interview from a few weeks ago, David Francis, business manager for the NOLA Media Group, of which The Times-Picayune is a part, said that New Orleans is “embracing us again.” I called Carl Redman, executive editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge to ask him about the new daily paper in New Orleans created by the Baton Rouge paper. Redman reports that his group was overwhelmed by the response to the new daily.

They had hoped for a circulation of 10,000 by February 2013. Instead, more than 10,000 subscribed to the newspaper within a week. Between home delivery and single copy sales, The Advocate currently reaches approximately 20,000 homes each day.

I tried to reach someone at The Times-Picayune, sending emails to the publisher and several managers, but received no response.

Finally, I decided to talk with Rob Curley, deputy editor of the Orange County Register (OCR), whose resume includes more experience in online journalism than anyone I can think of. Rob is a household name and I figured he could give me insight on whatever it is I’m missing related to The Times-Picayune conversion to a non-daily.

Instead we spent most of our conversation talking about his new job in Orange County. OCR is one of the 20 biggest papers in the country.

Rob has left his role as online guru to serve as one of five deputy editors of the paper. He explained that, since July, OCR has increased its newsroom staff room 185 writers and editors to 300.

I could write several columns about the changes at OCR, but I can sense Rob’s excitement when he discussed his work with America’s “largest community newspaper,” a description credited to Ken Brusic, executive editor.

After spending my afternoon interviewing Carl Redman and Rob Curley, I found it difficult to understand why Safer referred to newspapers as “dying.” I found it even harder to understand after reading a story in News & Tech today that six of eight publicly traded newspaper companies showed increases in their stock prices in 2012. Not small increases, but double-digit increases.

I love talking with folks who are excited about working for their newspapers. I visited with two newspapers in Virginia and Kentucky over the past few weeks to work with their staffs. Both papers are doing well and continue to invest in the future.

It’s no coincidence that papers that invest in the future thrive. And while the Orange County Register may be America’s largest community paper, you can bet that thousands of community papers will continue to serve their communities and surprise Morley Safer at the same time.

My suggestion? Remind your readers that your paper is providing a vital service to the community as it has for years. And, perhaps, take a cue from the folks in Orange County and continue to invest in the future.


Okay, that’ll do it for another week. Hope you made it this far and got something out of the communiqué that will help you. As always, call, email, or what’s that other thing called, oh yeah, fax if you have questions, comments, concerns, issues, clarifications, corrections, additions, and deletions or can’t find your convention registration form. Otherwise, thanx!!

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