January 16th, 2013

• Did someone say there’s a convention next week?

• Seriously, we’re on track to approach 1000 total attendees

• Largest trade show since 2007

• Falmouth Outlook joins KPNS

• Plus postal, child welfare issues, free business journalism workshop, Mid-America Press Institute Workshop


Today’s the deadline to register with us for the KPA Convention, January 24-25 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville.

We know there are a lot of people coming because we have 285 room nights reserved at The Brown and that’s 118 more room nights than we had at the Embassy Suites in Lexington last year.

There’s gonna be a lot of new faces this year and we really think over the three days (with KNPA and KIPA joining us and running into Saturday, January 26) that 1,000 in-training and professionals will be attending.

So go to www.kypress.com/convention and download the registration form. Fill it out and send it in.

WE PREFER YOU FAX OR EMAIL IT TO US. Monday is MLK Day and there is no mail delivery. So fax or email me your registration and then mail a copy with payment information.

Thanx and see you next week in sunny and warm Louisville. Okay, cold but hopefully not snowy Louisville!!


It’s so close to 300 room nights at the convention that we just gotta hope a few more reserve rooms for more than one night. And we’ll make that number

We stood at 285 room nights yesterday, with 228 adults coming with a total of 161 rooms. And to think we only had 167 room nights last year in Lexington. We’ve never had this many room nights and I guess part of that is never having the four Acronyms having a convention together. So close, yet still kinda far away!!


For the most part, trade shows at conventions have been on the decline in recent years. For state press associations, it’s a problem my colleagues and I discuss each year. And really haven’t solved. This year’s trade show will be the largest since 2007. We had 13 then, we have 10 this year. And go back to 2007 — that’s about the time the economy went south and companies started cutting back on travel.

And with seven other vendors participating in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association trade show, we could claim 17 this year. We’ll be satisfied just to note that 2013 we’ll have 10 for KPA and that’s much better than four to six of the last few years.


We’re still tweaking the 2013 Convention schedule and we already have tentatively our first two sessions planned for 2014.

Former Lexington Herald-Leader editor Linda Austin is now executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Linda brought a business workshop to UK last year and is bringing another one to Kentucky in February. Editors received information on this workshop earlier in the week (and it’s reprinted below). So in communicating with her, I invited the center to have a 2014 business journalism workshop during the KPA Convention and she has accepted that invitation. The convention next year will be January 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. It’s the first time we’ve had a convention at that Hyatt since 1982.

And hopefully, our acronym partners — KIPA, KNPA and KHSJA — will be joining us to make it a three-day event again

And the second session has been offered and accepted without specifics yet. Julie Nelson Harris, who cut her teeth helping her father, John, when he was at the Pulaski Week, will be doing a session for us.

So an early start on 2014 already.


The Kentucky Press News Service added the Falmouth Outlook this week, giving us 69 news media participating. Glad to have Debbie Dennie and her crew on board. I say news media because two of those participating are public radio stations.

We’ll end the week today with about 20,450 stories and editorials scraped and shared with participating newspapers since the service began October 1, 2009.


I mentioned last week about the situation in Tennessee and this week comes word through the California Newspaper Publishers Association of a court decision there on the child protection services cabinet trying to keep information from the public.

Court throws out law that impedes access to information about child fatalities

Several weeks ago, a San Diego trial court struck down state regulations used by state and local agencies to make it harder for the public to learn about the deaths and near fatalities of children who are wards of the system.

Siding with child welfare advocates who challenged the administrative regulations, the court, in Butterfield v. Lightbourne, found that the regulations adopted by the State Department of Social Services (DSS) were inconsistent with and actually impaired the scope of the statute that they were designed to implement.

The underlying statute, SB 39 by Senator Carol Migden (D-San Francisco) was supported by CNPA and was intended to make it easier for the public to learn the circumstances surrounding confirmed instances of abuse and neglect that led to child fatalities or near fatalities.

In its justification for upholding the regulations DSS argued that the more restrictive rules were necessary to protect the child, parent or guardian. The court dismissed the argument stating that DSS had not shown the restriction was necessary, especially in light of the legislative intent to maximize public access to juvenile case files in cases where a child fatality occurs as a result of abuse or neglect.

Based upon the statistics provided by the plaintiff the court found that the restrictions lead to under reporting or inconsistencies in the reporting of child abuse cases involving fatalities.

It is not yet known whether DSS plans to appeal the decision.


Free Workshop in Louisville on Feb. 27: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free workshop in Louisville from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 27: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data.

Government data offer unparalleled opportunities to distinguish your reporting with trend stories about what’s happening in your local economy. Especially this year, with the release of the every-five-year Economic Census, journalists will have a unique opportunity to track changes in their local community from 2007 — before the recession — to 2012.

Instructors Paul Overberg of USA Today and Jeannine Aversa, late of The AP, now with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, will provide you with a road map to finding and delivering at least 15 local enterprise stories from government economic data. Examples will be specific to the Louisville region, but applicable anywhere.

To register, go to http://businessjournalism.org/ws-registration/?cid=646

The free workshop will be at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, site of IRE’s CAR Conference Feb. 28-March 3. Rooms are available at a conference rate of $129 a night, plus 15.01% tax.

For more information, contact Linda Austin, executive director of the Reynolds Center, at 602-496-9187.


How to transition from work that is no longer vital to work that has a greater impact will be among the topics covered at the Mid-America Press Institute’s Feb. 16-17 Leadership & Management workshop at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites.

Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor for Digital First Media and the Journal Register Co., will lead the session on “How do I give up?” at the two-day workshop, which also will include sessions on paywalls, videos for profit, consolidating copy desks, niche products and how to better use Facebook.

Registration for the workshop is $50 per person or $50 for the first staff member and $40 for each additional staff member from the same newspaper. Registration covers continental breakfast both mornings and lunch on Saturday, Feb. 16.

To register, contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu or call 217.581.7939.

MPI has a room rate of $115 per night for single and double occupancy, $125 for a triple and $135 for quad occupancy at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites, 400 S. 14th St. Call 314-231-5007 by Monday, Jan. 28.

Hope to see you and your staff members there.


March 13-15, the National Newspaper Association will be hosting its “We Believe in Newspapers” summit in D.C., with a special “Day on the Hill” set for March 14. That’s when attendees will visit their state Congressional delegations to discuss issues related to the industry.

Tonda Rush, CEO of NNA, sent an email to that a number of developments with the summit and NNA’s continued representation on USPS issues:

• We will have both PMG Patrick Donahoe and Inspector General David Williams as speakers at the March 14 Summit. We are awaiting final ok from the PMG and will put out a new release to our stakeholders to encourage attendance.

• The USPS Board of Governors hit the accelerator on more cost savings during their meeting last Friday. The press release is below. USPS has been scheduled from the beginning to start shutting down more mail • processing centers in February, after the Christmas and political mail got worked through.

• The new subcommittee chair for postal oversight in the House is Blake Farenthold, R-TX. We have no members in his area in Corpus Christi, but the Texas Press Association will be a strong partner in reaching out to him. He succeeds Dennis Ross, R-FL, where we had no good grassroots contacts. We do not yet know who his Senate counterpart will be.

• The Inspector General released a report this morning taking USPS to task for over-spending in its outside advertising agency in 2011 , failing to monitor costs and inappropriately communicating with the agency about the investigation. The firm representing USPS at the time was Campbell Ewald. There is no indication of criminal activity by the agency, but a number of suggestions about inappropriate assignments of work to staff. it may explain why USPS got a new ad agency late last year.

Max, Brad Hill and I met in November with the USPS Chief Marketing Officer to request another review of the ad budget for newspapers.


And this gives me a chance to remind you that our own Max Heath will be doing a postal session on Friday, January 25, at the convention.


New Postage Statements Effective January 27, 2013

New postage statements associated with the January 2013 price change are available on Postal Explorer®. The Postage Statement link is in the left column under *NEW* Jan. 27, 2013 Price Change Info.

As of January 27, 2013, all postage statements dated prior to that date are obsolete. In some instances, consideration will be given to exception requests to use the January 2012 or June 2012 version, as applicable.

Manifest mailers may use postage statements dated January 2012 or June 2012 only if they reflect the January 27, 2013 prices.

Only the January 2013 postage statements can be used when a new product is launched or has been renamed or is no longer accepted through a BME or DMU. Examples include Parcel Post transferred to the competitive product list and rebranded as the Retail product “Standard Post” and mailings of rolls and packages transferred from First-Class Mail International to the competitive product list and rebranded as First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS).

If vendors, software providers, or mailers encounter difficulty submitting January 2013 postage statements, please contact your local acceptance office or Manager of Business Mail Entry to determine the best solution. Mailers using the Electronic Verification System (eVS®) for manifesting who need assistance should contact their Strategic Account or Business Alliance Manager.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) is available on Postal Explorer (pe.usps.com). To subscribe to the DMM Advisory, send an e-mail to dmmadvisory@usps.com. Simply indicate “subscribe” in the subject line.


Seems like something’s on the calendar for next week but having a hard time remembering.

Just seeing if you’re paying attention because we all know that the largest gathering of journalists (in-training or professionals) will take place January 24-25-26 at The Brown Hotel for the 2013 KPA Convention.

I’ll be running the first truck load of materials mid-morning Tuesday, returning for a second truck load and then finishing up Wednesday. Once there on Wednesday, I’m there until the end of the convention. And the rest of the staff coming to the convention will arrive on Wednesday as well. So it’s kinda like “catch us if you can” if you need anything. Sue, Rachel and Holly will be staffing the office while we’re out and they’ll be able to get in touch with us if you need anything.

Or jot down my cell number — 859-608-2213. I’ll also have the laptop in hand the whole time so feel free to email.

AS FOR INTERNET AT THE BROWN — it’s available throughout the hotel AT NO COST. So bring whatever you need to check emails and get updates on the latest news from newspapers.

Other than that, absolutely nothing going on next week.

By the way, for the few of you not able to make it to the convention, you’ll get a rest from these weekly updates. The next one is scheduled for Friday, February 1.

REMEMBER — TODAY’S THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER for the Acronym Winter Convention. If you haven’t done so yet, go to www.kypress.com/convention and download the registration form. Again, with no mail Monday but the need to give the hotel our guarantee numbers for all the food functions and room setups, we ask that you fax or email your registration form ASAP.

Email it to me at dthompson@kypress.com or fax it to us at 502-226-3867.

Right now, we have about 150 registered and expect that to go considerably over the next few hours.

Thanx, as always, and SEE YA NEXT WEEK!!


January 24 – 25, 2013 – 2013 KPA Winter Convention, The Brown Hotel, Louisville

January 26, 2013 – Both the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association and Kentucky News Photographers Association finish up their 2013 Conventions at The Brown

February 5 – March 26 2013 – 2013 Kentucky General Assembly Session – Part Two

March 13 – 15, 2013 – National Newspaper Association’s “We Believe in Newspapers” Leadership Conference – Crystal City Marriott, Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2013 – 12:30 – 5 p.m. – NNA/Newspaper Industry ‘Day on the Hill’ in D.C., visiting Congressional members

August 6 – 9, 2013 – Newspaper Association Managers Annual Convention, Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

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

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

Sometime in 2017 – We’ve been asked to judge the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in 2017. Please hold the year open for further information on when, where and what media format Mississippi papers will be in that year.

Sometime in 2018 – Colorado judging KPA Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Competition


Registration generally is $35 and available at www.onlinemediacampus.com

Friday, February 22 – 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central

How to Improve Sales Performance by 30% in the next 30 Days

Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 19

February 20 – March 22 (Completion time takes three to four hours total)

“Plate Essentials” – A Web Press Certificate Program

$79 per person; Registration deadline is Monday, February 11

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