May 10, 2013

• AG finds 21 violations of Open Meetings laws in 2012

• Herald-Leader invites Facebook followers to write Derby head

• NAA research shows consumers go to newspapers for purchase decisions

• Everything You Need to Know about Video

• Teachers being offered Professional Development by NIE

• Judge gives cabinet 30 days to explain withheld information


According to an Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer editorial on Open Meetings, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office received 33 appeals in 2012 on Open Meetings violations and found that in 21 of those, violations of the law had occurred.

The OMI made the statement that something is amiss with public agencies if that many are violating something that’s straightforward and easy to understand. Maybe what’s amiss is that public agency officials don’t care or aren’t reading the law. Or perhaps the heads of those agencies aren’t distributing the ‘Your Duty Under the Law’ publication from the AG’s Office.


No sooner had Orb crossed the finish line in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby than the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Facebook page was inviting friends and followers to come up with the headline for the story.

From the ‘Comments’ part of the page, looks like the Herald-Leader had 159 suggested headlines. And many took the Herald-Leader’s suggestion for a play on words (something with Orb).

I guess they’re saving my entry, ExtraORBinary, to use if he wins the Triple Crown.


David Greer has read so much recently about college basketball recruiting that I guess he thought he’d go after some of the top recruits in the country. Those being KPA newspapers that are not in the Kentucky Press News Service.

It’s no one-and-done opportunity, no qualifying ACT/PSAT score to have, no training boot camps or running or strength and conditioning coaches involved. Simply takes agreeing to participate with some 80 other newspapers in sharing stories and using stories from other newspapers.

Here’s David’s recruiting pitch, sent earlier this week to publishers and editors:

In the more than 3-and-a-half years since KPA began its Kentucky Press News Service, we’ve made more than 22,500 Kentucky news stories and editorials available to members who belong to KPNS. And how much do they pay for this service? Nothing. It’s free to KPA members. We have 70 KPNS members representing publications from Pikeville to Paducah. We have weeklies, multi-weeklies, dailies and some local news websites. Many of our KPNS members do not belong to Associated Press so many interesting Kentucky stories show up first on KPNS. And even if your publication has a tight news hole, KPNS make a terrific tip service full of story ideas from all across the Commonwealth that can be localized for your readers. With KPNS, your newsroom will never run out of interesting story ideas, Kentucky trends and Kentucky issues they can write about.

We’ve always heard good things about KPNS since day No. 1 back on Oct. 1, 2009, but lately we’re hearing more and more good things from more of our KPNS members. They tell us it’s a valuable member service and provides them with a substantial amount of Kentucky news content, editorials and story ideas — content they can use in their newspapers and links to that content they can use on their websites.

What do you have to do to join? It’s really very easy. There is an agreement to sign. The agreement gives you the legal right to publish locally written content from other KPNS members and it gives them the right to do the same. And by signing the agreement, you stipulate that your publication carries libel insurance or errors and omissions insurance. No specific amount is required and KPA even pays for a $1 million umbrella libel policy that covers KPNS content for KPNS participants.

There’s no uploading or emailing stories. We do all the work. KPNS staff visit all members’ websites and take stories from the sites and make them available for all members on the KPNS website. At least twice a day, KPNS sends a list of all available stories and there’s a one-a-day list of available editorials — all Kentucky content from Kentucky publications. We even have two public radio stations participating in KPNS.

KPNS operates 6 days a week — Sunday through Friday with the editorial list available Monday through Friday.

If interested in joining KPNS, just let me know and I will email you the agreement and answer any questions you might have. Stories are password protected on the KPNS site. Sign up and we’ll open a KPNS account for you and provide you with a user name and password for accessing the content.

Here’s a link to the website so you can see it for yourself.


The question for this week wasn’t directed to me; it went to one of the other Davids here at KPA — David Greer about KPNS. So following up on his comments above, I’m using his response to a question about KPNS making available high-resolution pictures to run with stories disseminated by KPNS.

A couple other KPNS members have asked about high-resolution photos in the past. No doubt that it would be a nice addition to KPNS but there would be some technical and people issues to address first.

From a technical standpoint, it would mean rewriting our in-house software we use for KPNS. At present, it can only handle low-res photos. When we began KPNS, we knew that the low-res photos were only suitable for use on websites. I know of only one member website that has regularly used our photos — WEKU Radio News in Richmond. Of course, if we could offer hi-res photos suitable for newspapers, that use rate would probably climb. We would need to further investigate how to store and disseminate hi-res photos.

The other issue is more people oriented. One of the things that I think makes KPNS work smoothly is that thanks to members’ websites, we can take their content and not have to bother them. No emails, no phone calls from us asking them to send us stories, etc. I use that as selling point when trying to convince KPA members to join KPNS.

But to get hi-res photos from members, the “we don’t bother you” aspect of the operation would have to change.

And we’ve kind of been in a holding pattern for a while waiting on some other papers we’ve been told might join KPNS. If they do, it could be a significant amount of growth in terms of members but would also consume a fair bit of additional time scraping their websites for content.

We have to basically figure out things slowly as we go. There are no templates of similar operations for us to follow. The big boys, like AP, have many resources and a revenue stream. Right now, we’re not even playing in their league.

But who knows what the future holds?


A month or so ago, I mentioned Popunders and Hi-Sliders, part of an advertising network we have for newspaper websites. There are 28 newspapers participating and while they aren’t making millions, there is some money in this and since they’re put on websites, there’s nothing the newspapers have to do.

So how are these 28 newspaper websites doing for traffic? Here’s the report for last month from Teresa:

For April, SuperPopunders, Hi Sliders and Tag2 online activity earned our newspapers $505.66. The 28 newspapers on the buy had 209,650 impressions. Our other online buy, the Popunders, netted $130.50 for the 11 newspapers with 47,240 impressions.


David’s recruiting pitch is paying off. The Lyon County Herald-Ledger in Eddyville signed up, thanks to Jody Norwood. And David also had an inquiry from the Hickman Courier wanting to sign up. The Herald-Ledger puts us at 83 newspapers; if Hickman comes through, then even I can add that up — 84!!


Arlington, Va. – More than 8 in 10 adults – 81 percent – took action in the past month as a result of seeing a newspaper ad, new research from the Newspaper Association of America shows. More than half made an actual purchase.

“How America Shops and Spends 2013,” conducted for NAA by Frank N. Magid Associates, measures patterns of behaviors in U.S. consumers, including advertising media usage for shopping and purchasing, the role of newspaper media in purchase decisions, the use of preprints and coupons, and online shopping actions. 
“This research reaffirms the power of newspaper advertising to engage consumers, and what’s more, its ability to drive them to take action,” said NAA president and CEO Caroline Little. “Consumers live in an advertising-saturated world and advertisers want to reach consumers who actually see their ads and engage with them. As this research once again confirms, newspaper media do just that. Newspaper media help advertisers cut through the clutter and influence consumer shopping decisions.”

“How America Shops and Spends 2013” reveals several key trends in U.S. shopping patterns that are important for advertisers to consider, including:

* Newspapers ranked first or tied for first place in seven of 12 benefit statements related to advertising platforms, with the top three being “you check for your regular shopping,” “most valuable in planning shopping” and “most believable and trustworthy.”

* Print newspapers scored highest at 62 percent out of 19 advertising sources used by survey participants to plan shopping or make purchasing decisions in the last seven days. When combined with newspaper websites, the net number totaled 66 percent.

* Survey participants who self-identified as nonreaders of newspapers nevertheless reported using them. Three of the top five actions from a list of 13 related specifically to advertising: clipping a coupon (16 percent), checking sales in local stores (16 percent) and comparing prices for items they intended to purchase (12 percent).

* Nearly 9 out of 10 – 86 percent – of those who used online circulars also took some action as a result of a print newspaper insert in the past 30 days.
“How America Shops & Spends 2013” features data culled from 2,000 nationwide interviews with individuals 18 years or older.

Learn more about this study at


My thanks to Perri Collins at the Arizona Newspaper Association who did the research, put the information together and then gave me permission to share it with Kentucky newspapers. I hope the links underlined come through for you to access further information. If not, let me know and I’ll send you the links.

So here’s what you need to know about video and what newspapers are doing:

THE NEWSONOMICS OF NEWS VIDEO: Is it the simplicity, the technology or the money? Ken Doctor breaks it down for you.

The newsonomics of leapfrog news video

NEWSPAPERS & VIDEOS: The explosion in online video prompted many print publishers, especially newspapers, to hire videographers and push their news staffs to start producing video. And newspapers surpassed broadcasters in total minutes of video streamed online, according to a Brightcove study. So isn’t your newspaper using video? Get started with these resources from the Knight Digital Media Center.

FREE TUTORIALS: Just bought your first digital camcorder for the newsroom and don’t know what to do next? Check out these 13 great tutorials to get you started.

7 BEST PRACTICES: We live in a time when a single video can tell a story, promote your newspaper — or change your community. While these seven best practices are not specifically geared to legacy media, they are important guidelines to keep in mind as you create more videos.

HOW JOURNALISTS CAN IMPROVE VIDEO WITH SHOT SEQUENCES: Good video stories need strong individual shots. Great video stories present those shots in a sequence that complements the parts and creates a much greater whole. Learn how and why to do it.

WHERE VIDEO JOURNALISM IS HEADED: Interview by Online Journalism Review with Travis Fox, Emmy-nominated video journalist with, about what makes compelling video for the Web. Lots of great answers…

5 TV NEWS CONVENTIONS VIDEO JOURNALISTS SHOULD SCRAP: So more time on screen, more time behind the scenes…so why do online video journalists still follow their television brethren so closely? Here are five conventions which TV news designed and VJs could leave behind.

ONLINE VIDEO MAKES MONEY – BUT NOT THE WAY WE’VE BEEN DOING IT: When will local newspaper websites and hyper local blogs start making money with video? Short answer: When they start sharing their video equipment with the sales department. Read more…–-not-way-we’ve

HOW JOURNALISTS CAN USE VINE: Vine is the mobile video app Twitter launched in January. It allows you to post 6-second videos to the web very rapidly. Check it out.

MAKE, STORE AND SHARE NOTES ABOUT ONLINE VIDEOS: If you watch a lot of online videos for education or research, you’ll find VideoNotes a really useful tool. It’s free. Find out more…


– Use video to tease an upcoming story or investigation, like the Seattle Times did on the tearing down of two dams.,AAAAAFn2Wfk~,QUqnr01qM6b9KXu0TW7LUEPrWg7-qmDv&bctid=1158125306001

– Tell a local story, like Aporkalypse Now, a 5-minute in-depth look at Texas’ war on feral pigs, done by The Daily.

– Create a viral video campaign featuring your products, like the Guardian did with their spoof of the story of the three little pigs.

– Use the power that audio-visual narratives have to capture the essence of a story by doing a series of profiles on community members, like this one on a local watchmaker.


Newspaper in Education Summer PD is back by popular demand. Attend and meet Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence and story character Woody and find out how to give every student a free book this fall while learning about Kentucky agriculture. Participants have fun while learning how to integrate the newspaper “authentic text” into all subject areas. Don’t miss out. NO cost and 3 hour PD credit. (K-9 teachers and librarians).

Where: Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Ave., Lexington 40508/ 3rd floor

Date and time: Friday, June 21, 11:30am-2:30pm, includes working lunch and lots of materials

2013 statewide newspaper story theme: Kentucky agriculture

PD conducted by: Kriss Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader NIE Supervisor, and Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence, and a special appearance by the beloved story character Woody and his sister Chloe. Lunch will be sponsored by LG&E/ Kentucky Utilities.

Register for NIE Summer PD today. Deadline to register is June 14. 
Email your name, school, grade level, and summer email to:

No CHARGE this year to Kentucky teachers and librarians.


Frequent KPA convention speaker Peter Wagner emailed me Thursday about a pending visit to his corner of the world by Loyd and Teri Ford. It’s time for the Tulip Festival in Orange County, Iowa. And this year’s festival will have a couple of Kentucky visitors. So Peter wanted a little more information about Loyd and Teri and their newspaper.

Here’s part of Peter’s column today in the N’West Iowa Review, under the heading, ‘The Kentucky Invasion.’

…So imagine my surprise when Mike Hofman, Executive Director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce mentioned last Tuesday that a friend of mine had called to order festival event tickets.

“A friend of mine?”, I wondered, “who could that be?”

“I’d have to look up the name,” Hofman said, “but she told us she was a friend of yours. She mentioned you by name and said she was coming from Kentucky on your recommendation.”

“A friend form Kentucky” I was really confused.

Then Hofman found and shared the name: Loyd and Teri Ford of Calvert City, Kentucky.

Loyd is publisher, manager and a-little-of-everything-else at Calvert City Lake News. My friend David Thompson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Press Association, says Calvert City is in the Kentucky Lake area in the western part of the state. Teri is a proud retired teacher who helps Loyd out whenever she is needed.

The two are a vibrant couple who I can always count on to attend every one of my convention programs. They are always warm, friendly and outgoing. They’re the kind of folks who can always be depended upon for good questions, interesting comments and valuable conversation.

This past year the couple published their 1500 consecutive issue of their newspaper. Here is the report that ran in the March 29 KPA Bulletin:

“1500 consecutive issues: That’s where Loyd and Teri Ford stand with The Lake News in Calvert City. From celebrating their eighth anniversary by buying a chaise lounge for their daughter to sleep on at the office while mom and dad worked, The Lake News has made it nearly 30 years.”

In a note to his publishing brethren Loyd said, “I just wanted to let you know that this week at The Lake News we are printing our 1500th consecutive edition. I started the paper on May 29, 1984, and printed the first issue on the following Wednesday, June 6, 1984. Our first press day was June 5, 1984, which was also mine and Teri’s 8th anniversary; we worked almost all night. We put our daughter who was three-and-a-half to bed on a cheap chaise lounge while we worked in our rented building. I can’t believe we made it.”

Thompson reminded me that the Fords are not ones to take publishing a newspaper lightly. “When a major ice storm hit Kentucky,” Thompson wrote me, “Loyd and his staff gathered in his kitchen at the house, worked by candlelight – without heat as well as electricity – to get out the newspaper.”

So if you happen to bump into them here in N’West Iowa next week, welcome Loyd and Teri to our God’s perfect acre. You’ll find it easy to recognize them. They’ll be the ones with huge smiles on their faces and a dozen questions on their lips.


By Beth Musgrave —

FRANKFORT — A Franklin Circuit Court judge has given the state 30 days to tell the state’s two largest newspapers why it redacted and took out information from more than 140 case files of children who have been killed or nearly killed from abuse or neglect.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd also ordered Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes to appoint a high-level staffer to oversee the cabinet’s compliance with his order.

Shepherd’s decision on Thursday came after a nearly two-hour hearing in Franklin Circuit Court on the status of the case that has taken almost three years to litigate.

Shepherd said that he would like Haynes to appoint someone by June 10 to oversee the cabinet’s compliance with the Open Records Act. Shepherd also said that he hopes the cabinet will provide detailed explanations of why information was removed by June 10 but gave the cabinet some leeway in case it takes longer given the number of case files involved. The newspapers are asking for the case files of children who have been killed or nearly killed from abuse and neglect in 2009 and 2010.

Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, said after the Thursday hearing that she thinks Haynes would appoint someone soon and said the cabinet will make every effort to comply with the June 10 deadline.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal have been in a legal fight with the state over the release of social worker case files in child deaths and near deaths.

Shepherd has ruled twice that child protection case files are exempt from the state’s Open Records law with the exception of deaths and near deaths. The cabinet began releasing case files to the media in January 2012 but had redacted lots of information.

Lawyers for the media have argued that the information released by the cabinet was so heavily edited that in some cases it was impossible to determine what had happened.

The cabinet argued that it had released the records while part of the case was before the state Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court.

But Kif Skidmore, a lawyer for the Herald-Leader, said the cabinet never cited a specific exemption on why the cabinet thought certain records or information should be withheld, which is required under the state’s Open Records Act.

Shepherd agreed.

“The court has been asking for that now for a long time,” Shepherd said. “I don’t think we have seen a single assertion of a specific exemption (to the Open Records Act).”

But the cabinet has argued that there are a series of privacy issues. A grandmother who may have been asleep on the couch when a mother rolled over on a baby in an adjoining bedroom may be named in the case file but had nothing to do with the child’s death, Heavrin argued. The case files also contain juvenile court records, which are exempt under the state’s Open Records Act, Heavrin said.

The parties agreed that they would return for another hearing in the case after June 10 and determine if there were categories of information — such as mental health records — that should be or should not be exempt from public release.

The Courier-Journal had filed a motion asking that Shepherd hold the cabinet in contempt and award attorney fees for the media’s legal team. But Shepherd did not rule on the motion, saying he would take it into consideration if the cabinet failed to comply with the latest order.

The cabinet had argued that parts of the case have been on appeal to the higher courts and therefore officials were waiting on the state Supreme Court’s ruling to determine how to proceed.


On April 25, the Kentucky State Police hosted a Media Day event at its headquarters in Frankfort. It was designed to help provide resources that may facilitate your newsgathering activities including materials available through the KSP website and open records requests.

Attached are some follow up materials from that day which you may find useful. The attachments include:

●KSP News Media Quick Reference Sheet

KSP Nws Media Quik Ref Sheet

●KSP Website Media Information Sheet and


● KSP Open Records Power Point presentation

KSP and Open Records

(Editor’s Note: Am making a stab at including the links to the documents. If it doesn’t work, just email me and I’ll send all three attachments directly to you.)

If you’d like to view a video presentation of the material, click on the following link:

If you have any further questions regarding this material, contact Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard ( )or Tpr. Michael Webb ( or call 502-782-1780


I only hope I can keep all of this straight:

I have a lunch meeting in Lexington on Tuesday, leaving about 11:15 and should be back in the office by 2 p.m.

On Thursday, May 16, the KPA Central Office will close at 12 noon for a staff retreat here in Frankfort. The retreat includes some members of the KPA/KPS Executive Committee and is being facilitated by Dr. Darryl Armstrong.

On Friday, May 17, the KPA Legal Defense Fund will be meeting at Central Office at 10 a.m.

The following week includes an 11 a.m. meeting on Monday, May 20, with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky; a training work session for members of the Kentucky Library Association from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Capitol Annex; and the From Bradford to Bloggers Conference at Center for the Written Word/Cardome Center in Georgetown. That will be from 1 to 5 p.m. with a reception and dinner following. And that schedule for early in the week leads to a vacation day on Friday, 24.

KPA Central Office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

That’ll do it for another week. Call, email, visit or even fax if you have questions, comments, concerns, issues, clarifications, corrections, additions or deletions.

Otherwise, thanx!!

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