January 4th, 2013

• Focusing on Deadlines

• Hall of Fame Nominations due Monday, January 7

• Postmaster General threatens more cuts, new revenue ideas because of Congress’ inaction

• They’re returning to Frankfort Tuesday

TODAY’S TOPICS IN A WORD? DEADLINES

And it’s not unlike your routines either — deadline for news articles, deadline for advertising, deadline for this, deadline for that.

We have deadlines, too, when it comes to conventions, contests and other KPA particulars.

First Deadline — KPA Contest winner mugshots — Deadline is Sunday, January 6. Send winning staff member mugshots to photos@kypress.com

Second Deadline — To make room reservations was Thursday, January 3, but The Brown still has some rooms available. So do it NOW!! www.kypress.com/kpa2013 takes you to the hotel’s link

Third Deadline — To register for the convention is Friday January 18 (okay, so ya got time on this one, it’s two weeks away). But while you’re thinking about it, go ahead, fill out the form and send that to KPA. The convention is January 24-25-26, with the Intercollegiate Press and Kentucky News Photographers association holding meetings on Saturday, January 26.

Fourth Deadline — See the next item for the next deadline

HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DEADLINE IS MONDAY

The University of Kentucky’s Journalism Alumni Association is accepting nominations for 2013 inductees into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 7, 2013.

To be eligible, nominees must either be Kentucky natives or must have spent a significant portion of their careers working in newspaper or broadcast journalism in Kentucky.

Since its inception in 1981, some 184 persons have been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Plaques honoring the members are on exhibit in the Enoch Grehan Journalism Building on the UK campus.

A nomination form is available on the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications Web site at http://jat.uky.edu/ky-journalism-hall-of-fame.html. To make a nomination, complete the form and send the requested information to Director, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, 118 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is January 7, 2013. Selection will take place later in January, and inductees will be notified shortly thereafter. An induction ceremony honoring the new members will be held in Spring 2013, in conjunction with the annual Joe Creason Lecture.

DID YOU MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS?

The deadline was Thursday, January 3, but if you haven’t reserved a room yet for The Brown and the KPA Convention, hop to it. Rooms are still available although after the deadline The Brown can contractually charge a higher room rate than the agreement with KPA.

So take your chances and go to www.kypress.com/kpa2013 and make them now.

WE MAKE NO APOLOGIES

Use to be we’d get almost 100 percent return on the Rate and Data forms that show key personnel and all of the other information we need for the directory and to represent newspapers to advertisers and agencies.

Somewhere along the line, the response rate started dropping. So we’d send reminders, and reminders, and we’d finally call all of those who had not sent us updated information.

Many newspapers did not fill out the form online this year (we’ve had it filled out online for several years) so if you had changes in key personnel or if your publication date changed, or your phone number or address changed and you didn’t fill out the form, it may be wrong in the directory.

All of that information goes directly into the software that saves us days of typing and laying out. So if there’s some wrong information, please make sure to send us corrected information and we’ll put it in the online directory on the KPA website.

So we make no apologies if the information is incorrect and you didn’t update it or in time on the rate and data form.

NEED PHOTOS OF SENATE, HOUSE SWEARING IN CEREMONIES?

If you want a photo of your legislator(s) being sworn into office on Tuesday, January 8, please contact the Legislative Research Commission Public Information Office. You can call Rob Weber at 502-564-8100 or email him at Robert.Weber@lrc.ky.gov. But get your requests in NOW. Once the day gets here, I doubt they can handle any special requests.

This is especially good for those of you with legislators who are moving into leadership roles. And there is no charge to have these photos taken.

Actually, I was going to get some quick shots and make them available but since I am (and thus KPA is) a registered lobbyist, I can’t get on the House or Senate floor.

Anyway, if you want a photo, get your request into LRC as soon as possible.

THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY, WE’LL BE TOGETHER

At The Brown Hotel for the 2013 Acronym Winter Convention (acronym meaning KPA, KHSJA, KIPA, KNPA).

A couple of things:

• the room rate of $94 includes the self-parking in the garage (it does NOT include valet parking). The self-parking is normally $14 overnight so you’re getting a room and parking for $94 plus taxes, total!! Can’t be that rate anywhere.

• Internet access is free at The Brown. Some hotels still charge a daily rate for Internet access but The Brown has included that in the our price for access anywhere in the hotel.

So far we have a good crowd coming. I hope it turns out to be a great crowd because we have first class speakers covering many, many facets of newspapers and communication today. It’s all designed to train you, to help you, to even get you excited about what the future holds for our industry.

TWO NEW WEBINARS SCHEDULED

We’ve added two webinars to the schedule, through Online Media Campus, and more information will follow.

The first is a Web Press Certificate Program that will take 3 to 4 hours to complete over a month’s time. It’s entitled “Plate Essentials” and is designed to increase the skill sets and knowledge of web press operators through short, newspaper industry specific online courses. The cost is $79 per person and the registration deadline is Monday, February 11.

The second is STEP UP! How to Improve Sales Performance by 30% in the next 30 days. It’s set for Friday, February 22, 2 to 3 p.m./Eastern, 1 to 2 p.m./Central. The cost is $35 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, February 19.

For information on these and other webinars, be watching your email or go to www.onlinemediacampus.com

And remember, the next one scheduled is Wednesday, January 16 – 12 noon/Eastern; 11 a.m./Central

Classified Outbound Calling, Revenue That Sticks!

LEGISLATORS RETURN TUESDAY

The “short session,” as it’s called, of the Kentucky General Assembly begins Tuesday, January 8, with a four-day organizational session. They’ll then not be in session until Tuesday, February 5 and will adjourn “sine die” on March 26. There is a two-week veto break prior to final adjournment.

This is a 30-day session that has several major issues on the plate but it remains to be seen just how many the legislature tackles and if the governor will end up calling a special session after adjournment to finish up work on one or two major issues.

After all, it’s a pretty safe bet to put your money on special sessions being held. Since 1997, we’ve had 12 special sessions. That despite the public being “promised” there would be fewer special sessions if voters would approve annual legislative sessions. Right, and I have oceanfront property in Scott County to sell, too.

PMG DONAHOE ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONGRESS’ INACTION

Says more aggressive cost cutting, revenue-generating measures will be considered

PMG Donahoe’s statement:

“The 112th Congress adjourned without having passed postal legislation. Such legislation could quickly restore the Postal Service to profitability and put the organization on a stable, long-term financial footing. This lack of action is disappointing.

“The Postal Service has worked closely with the Congress over the past two years to advance a framework for a viable business model that will allow us to quickly respond to the evolving needs of our customers. As a result of frequent communication with Congressional leaders, we have modified important parts of our five-year comprehensive business plan, including the pace of consolidation of mail processing facilities, to give Congress maximum flexibility to make needed legislative changes. Unfortunately, Congress has not enacted these changes.

“As we sought to provide solutions to enable legislative change, we pursued cost-reducing and revenue-generating activities. Over the past two years we have reduced head count by approximately 60,000 career employees. We have consolidated 70 of our mail processing facilities. We moved to reduce hours at many of our Post Offices. We also have worked to substantially increase our package volume along with introducing a same-day delivery service.

“As we look to the coming year, we are on an unsustainable financial path. We are currently losing $25 million per day; we have defaulted on $11.1 billion in Treasury payments and exhausted our borrowing authority. The Postal Service should not have to do business this way, which has undermined the confidence of our customer base and the $800 billion mailing industry we serve. We will be discussing with our Board of Governors a range of accelerated cost cutting and revenue generating measures designed to provide us some financial breathing room.

“We encourage the new 113th Congress to make postal reform an urgent priority, and to work steadily toward the quick passage of reform legislation. We will continue to work with leaders of our House and Senate oversight committees and all members of Congress to help make this happen.”

Remember Max Heath’s postal session at the Winter Convention. Get all the scoop about rates, six-day delivery, classification changes and other issues vital to our industry from the expert/NNA Postal Chair and KPA past president.

Okay, back to the grind. Finishing up assigning the meeting rooms to speakers and getting their AV equipment needs and writing reminders to you all to get your contest mugshots in (by January 6), make your room reservations at The Brown (deadline is past but give it a shot), asking you to get your convention registration in (wasn’t that your New Year’s resolution to register early?) and all kinds of other things associated with the Winter Convention.

So as always, call or email if you have questions, comments, concerns, issues, additions, deletions, clarifications, or just need some advice. We’re here to help as best we can.

Otherwise, thanx!!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January 8 – 11, 2013 – Kentucky General Assembly Organizational Session

January 13, 1869 – Not a year misprint, done intentionally. January 13 marks KPA’s 144th birthday, dating back to 1869

January 24 – 25, 2013 0 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.

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

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

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

UPCOMING WEBINARS

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

Wednesday, January 16 – 12 noon/Eastern; 11 a.m./Central

Classified Outbound Calling, Revenue That Sticks!

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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