November 22, 2013

• KPA Business Meeting set for Thursday, January 23, 2014

• Fewer presses have nothing to do with number or quality of Kentucky newspapers

• Weeklies publishing on Wednesday will have 53 issues in 2014

• Investigative Reporting workshop kicks of 2014 Convention; and the seminar is FREE!

• Effective date of new cigarette ad regulations in limbo

• Legislation filed on ‘booking photographs’ but not an issue for newspapers

• David Dixon retires after 37 years at The Henderson Gleaner

NOTICE:           This serves as your official notice that the annual Business Meeting of the Kentucky Press Association will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Lexington.

The only agenda item at present is election of the 2014 KPA Vice President.

KPA/KPS Board now set for 2014 — almost

Well, 95.9 percent of it is. Part of the remaining is left to members at the January 23 Business Meeting and that’s to elect the Vice President for 2014. The other vacancy just occurred with the announcement that Henderson Gleaner editor David Dixon is retiring December 31 after 37 years.

David Dixon, retiring after 37 years at The Henderson Gleaner

David Dixon, retiring after 37 years at The Henderson Gleaner

Here’s a link to the story about David Dixon:He was just elected to a three-year term so we’ll go through the nomination and election process again for that three-year term.

The Vice President has to be elected by the membership from a recommendation of the KPA/KPS Board of Directors. The recommendation was put in a motion, seconded and approved at the 2013 Fall Board Retreat that Loyd Ford, publisher of The Lake News in Calvert City, be elected Vice President for 2014 and submitted as a recommendation to the full membership.

Publishers — You will soon receive a letter from me with this nomination and included will be a proxy vote so you can register your vote in advance of the KPA Convention.

So here’s the 2014 Board lineup:

President – Scott Schurz Jr.

Immediate Past President – Willie Sawyers

President-Elect – Rick Welch

*Vice President – Loyd Ford (to be officially elected by KPA membership at the annual Business Meeting)

Treasurer – Cheryle Walton

District 1 – Loyd Ford

District 2 – Ryan Craig

District 3 – Election in Process

District 4 – Jeff Jobe

District 5 – Stevie Lowery

District 6 – Kerry Johnson

District 7 – Jamie Baker-Nantz

District 8 – Keith Kappes

District 9 – Cathie Shaffer

District 10 – Cheryle Walton

District 11 – Jay Nolan

District 12 – Jeff Moreland

District 13 – Kim Woods

District 14 – Teresa Scenters

State At-Large – Jean Porter

State At-Large – Sharon Burton

State At-Large – Rob McCullough

State At-Large – Linda Ireland

KPA Ad Chair – Cheryl Caulk Magers

KPA Associates Chair – Monica Dias

KPA News Editorial Chair – Steve Doyle

KPA Circulation Chair – Kriss Johnson

Journalism Education Representative – Mary Cupito

Journalism Education Representative – Stan McKinney

Seems like a long list?

You’re probably thinking, WOW! there are a bunch of people on the KPA/KPS Board. And you’d be correct. KPA has the second largest press association board in the country, second only to California’s 60. But honestly, the size is manageable and it affords all discussions to get a variety of opinions and comments that only go to strengthening the organization.

My colleagues around the country are used to boards with maybe 10 to 15 and gasp whenever I talk about the size of KPA’s Board. But I tell them I have absolutely no problem with it, that we get along great, it allows more newspapers to be represented than a board half that size, we get various perspectives on most any discussion and they’re all great people.

And one more thing that maybe other state press associations will take note: 13 (right at one-half of the total Board) are females!

Is there an extra week for you?

Could well be so check your printing calendar.

A few years ago, the KPS staff got a welcome addition. We’re paid every two weeks and that year began and ended on a payday. So instead of the planned 26 pay periods, we had 27.

Last week, I got a call from a weekly asking about not printing during the holidays. The reason was his paper comes out on Tuesday and for 2013, that meant there were 53 Tuesdays. So he wanted to not print the week of Christmas and New Year’s if it meant no harm to his postal permit. It won’t because the regulations state must be printed 50 times during the calendar year.

Well for those of you who hit the street (and date your newspaper) on Wednesday, better check the 2014 calendar. Because the year begins and ends on Wednesday and you, too, will have 53 weeks if you stick to that date of publication.

Normally, there are five weeks in four months (even the poor mathematician I am, I can figure that out) during the year. But for newspapers with a Wednesday publication day, there are 53 Wednesdays in 2014.

Those months are January, April, July, October and December.

And the KPS staff won’t benefit because there are only two months — May and October — with five Thursdays. But then, maybe 2015 will bring that news and that extra pay check!!

Advocate Communications completes printing move to Winchester


“Stop the presses” is a phrase that no longer can echo through the pressroom of The Advocate-Messenger.

(The Sunday December 1) issue is the last to be printed in Danville. Starting Monday, the paper will be printed in Winchester. Troy Maddox, Doug Tillett and a variety of other people over the years have been willing to work the inky, long, hard job of running the now silent press.

“I always thought it was a somewhat glamorous job to put out the paper. Especially if something big happened. We might not have written the stories — and by no means would we take credit for that. But we felt like we were a part of that,” said Maddox, the press foreman.

Read the complete story at:

The printing press at The Advocate-Messenger in Danville ran for the final time early Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. This is a look back at some faces from the newspaper in 1985 when the press first ran and when the press went silent Sunday morning.

Photos from 1985:

Number of presses vs. number of newspapers = No relation

I imagine the “newspaper naysayers” think there’s some relationship between fewer printing presses today than there were just a few years ago and lamenting that that shows newspapers are dying.

Any little thing about the newspaper business can trigger those kinds of comments. I hear them frequently when I tell people what I do.

And so what if there are fewer presses than 20 years ago? There are just as many newspapers in Kentucky, if not more. Does that mean newspapers are thriving? No. But you all are holding your own and that’s the encouraging part.

In 1993 when the state put requirements on newspapers to file recycled newsprint reports annually (newspapers never did, we filed the reports on your behalf) there were 45 printing plants we had to keep track of.

With the recent move of Danville combining all its printing in Winchester, and the Frankfort State Journal press being shutdown, we’re at 25 plants now, at my best count.

It’s all a matter of economics — presses are expensive so newspapers don’t just go out and buy one. Replacement parts are expensive. And for a long time, there was enough outside printing that justified keeping the presses going and having the staff needed to operate them.

So for those naysayers, tell them get the facts and figures and find some other business to pick on. Because newspaper numbers are as strong as they’ve been for many, many years and fewer presses only means more efficiency, not fewer papers.

Legislation filed on ‘booking photographs’

We’ll keep an eye on this but right now we don’t think it’s a newspaper issue. It’s more at using a public record for commercial purpose and newspapers are not included in a commercial purpose designation in the law.

Apparently there was someone who got booking photographs from law enforcement agencies and posted them on a website. When the pictured person would contact the website administrator to take down the photograph, that person was told that for a fee, the picture would come down.

Right now it’s BR (Bill Request) 242 filed by Rep. Gerald Watkins. That bill number will change when the General Assembly begins in a month. And the first thing you’re going to say is “We’re a publication and it includes us.” If between (a) and (b) the word was “or” we’d have great concern. But the word “and” means it has to be in a publication or on a website AND there has to be a fee charged to remove the photo. It’s not an either/or situation; it’s both together.

But for your information, here’s the language that’s being added to the law.


(1)        A person shall not utilize a booking photograph originally obtained from a public agency for a commercial purpose if:

(a)     The booking photograph will be placed in a publication or posted on a Web site; and

(b)     Removal of the booking photograph from the publication or Web site requires the payment of a fee or other consideration.

(2)        A person who violates this section shall be subject to liability under Section 3 of this Act.


(9)        “Booking photograph” means a photograph or image of an individual that is generated by law enforcement for identification purposes when the individual is booked into a detention facility as defined in KRS 520.010.

Fall Chapter Series Update   

My name is Annette Neblett and I work with Special Needs Students at North Hardin High School.  Over the past several years our class has been collecting the Woody Series that was placed in the News Enterprise Weekly paper.  Due to a recent move we have lost pages from some of the copies of the series  Doghouse Divided and Unleashed.  I was wondering if there was any way that we could get copies of these series to complete out classroom set that we have collected.  Our students enjoy and look forward each year to this series.

Any help that you may provide to our class will be greatly appreciated.

Online Master’s in New Media Journalism?

Interested. Then here’s something that might interest you.

Woody and the Gang make two stops in Hopkinsville

From the Kentucky New Era

By Margarita Cambest, New Era Staff Writer 


Superstar Woody and Leigh Anne Florence

Superstar Woody and Leigh Anne Florence

The motivational discussions touched on topics ranging fromLeigh Anne Florence, author of the children’s bookseries Woody the Kentucky Weiner, led two assemblies for Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary students Tuesday.

how many counties there are in Kentucky — 120 — to empowering students to combat bullying and reminding them to respect their elders.

During Woody’s Five Way to Be Successful, students met Woody and Chloe, the two main canines in the book series, and were given dog treats to share with the duo for good behavior and correct answers.

The Murray native started the traveling speaker series to go along with her first book, The Adoption. In it, Florence shares the story of adopting her miniature wiener dog, Woody, from a Paducah farmer.

FREE Investigative Reporting workshop kicks off 2014 KPA Convention

Below is an email from Linda Austin, executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, about a workshop the center is offering Thursday, January 23, as we kick off the KPA Convention. All registrations for the workshop should be directed to the Reynolds center through the link provided below.

Colleagues: As a former editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, I wanted to be sure you knew about this free workshop in Lexington on Jan. 23 on Investigating the Business of Government with the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, of which I’m now executive director, presents this afternoon of free training, which precedes the Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. Convention hotel rates of $99 a night, plus tax, are available.

John Cheves, investigative reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, offers tips for following the money in government budgets, contracts and taxes, with special attention to economic-development and quasi-governmental agencies.

Sign up here for this free workshop.  Hope you can come, and please share this info with your colleagues. Thanks!

New cigarette advertising regulations effective date in limbo

Hold off on telling local businesses who advertise tobacco products that effective December 22, they will have new regulations to abide by. I was getting ready to post that information for you again but noticed the date references on the FDA’s website had an * by it. And scrolling way down, I found the disclaimer that the effective date — supposedly December 22 — is not final because of a lawsuit involving the R.J. Reynolds Company.

I emailed the FDA for an update but have not gotten a response as to the effective date. So for now, hold off making advertisers use the new “Warning” options that must be included on ads. Just stick with the usual option of one of the Surgeon General warnings as has been the regulation for the last 15 to 20 years, a more.

Feel free to check the FDA link — — to keep track of updates on the regulation and the new effective date, if in fact these are ever put into force. Keep the URL available and refer tobacco advertisers to it for their own information and verification of the laws.


Sales webinar series about to begin

In this webinar:Prospecting Digitally: How to Warm-up Leads and Quit Cold-Calling 

Thursday, January 9 • Register by January 6 
People are harder to reach today through traditional approaches. Social selling and business-to-business selling are working today and you need those tools in your tool box. Social media selling is all about opening doors to people and opportunities. In this session, we’ll introduce simple and easy ways to execute tactics you can put to use immediately, including how to warm up leads, how to get known for what you do and how to create credibility.

Qualifying Opportunities: Quit wasting time on deals that won’t close 

Thursday, January 23 • Register by January 20 
We’ve all been there. The prospect asks for a proposal, claims they want to do it, promises you’re the one they’ll buy from, and as soon as they get your proposal, they disappear. Qualifying is about asking questions. In this session, we’ll identify the specific questions that must be asked in order to completely qualify your opportunities. You’ll learn how to feel more confident about opportunities closing, understand the possible threats to an opportunity, be more consistent closing, move opportunities in your pipeline and better understand solutions.

Preventing Competitors From Stealing Your Customers 

Thursday, February 13 • Register by February 10 
Your best customers are your competitor’s best prospects. Today there is increased competition for your customer’s budget and it is harder to protect your customers from being swayed by the “new latest thing.” In this session we’ll identify account management opportunities and requirements and develop strategies to accomplish both. You’ll learn how to retain and grow more accounts, develop your relationships, generate referrals and introductions, cross-sell and up-sell and ultimately, generate more revenue.

Registration fee: $35 per session or $99 for the entire series 
Group discounts are available. Visit our website for more information. (Registrations submitted after the deadline are subject to a $10 late fee)

Two perspectives

Editor’s Note:   It’s interesting to read differences between a mailers’ alliance and the USPS on a Postal Regulatory Commission recent action. Below are those two perspectives — first from the National Newspaper Association and then from USPS itself:

NNA files comments, opposition to exigency/emergency postal rate increase

This comes from the National Newspaper Association:           Through its Affordable Mail Alliance, NNA filed comments and testimony with the Postal Regulatory Commission recently in objection to the USPS request for a 4.6% “exigency” or emergency rate increase next January.

The PRC has previously ruled that USPS is eligible for an additional rate increase for losses due to the Great Recession. Our economist found that the $1.78 billion that USPS hopes to raise from this case was not primarily created by recession but by disruption from digital competition.  Of the amount claimed, he believes only $488 million is actually due to the recession, and that diminishing effects of recovery will bring the damage to $100 million by 2016.  In addition, the compounding effect  of adding $1.78 billion into the rate base year over year as USPS begins with a higher threshold for its cost-of-living increases would be to enrich the system by $60 billion.

The Alliance urges the Commission to stick to its guns in denying exigency increases for failure of the Postal Service to adapt to digital disruption, and to reduce the increase to permit only the recession losses. It is not possible to guess what each mail class rate would be if the PRC did so, but overall the effect would be to add one percentage point to the current CPI increase.

This effort was a multi-industry endeavor led by the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) which has pulled our alliance together to fight exigency increases in the past.

A statement from the entire coalition is in progress.


USPS Defers Implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail Requirement for Automation Prices

The U.S. Postal Service® is disappointed with the portion of a recent ruling from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) which held that the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail® barcode (IMb™) constitutes a rate increase. This ill-conceived decision will impair complete adoption of Full-Service IMb and hinder the Postal Service’s ability to promote a technology that enhances the value of mail, which is critical to the development of next-generation digital products and services. The PRC’s overly expansive view of the price cap demonstrates why comprehensive postal reform legislation should include additional pricing authority for the Postal Service Board of Governors.

Due to the PRC ruling, the Postal Service is delaying the Jan. 26, 2014, implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirement for automation price discounts. Mailers who are not currently enrolled in Full-Service effective Jan. 26, 2014, will still be able to claim automation prices. To achieve the best pricing, however, mailers must continue meeting Full-Service requirements.

Despite this delay, the Postal Service remains strongly committed to Full-Service adoption for all mailers. The value of Full-Service is well known and helps the mailing community to get the best value-added experience for its mail. The Postal Service will continue moving aggressively to achieve 100 percent visibility in the mail through Full-Service.

We encourage mailers to contact their Mail Service providers and Software vendors to help transition to Full-Service to get the Full-Service discount prices and access the benefits listed below.

We have developed an online Intelligent Mail Small Business Tool that enables even the smallest mailers to take the first steps into Full-Service. The tool remains in place and local bulk mail entry units will continue assisting very small customers and provide them information on how they can use the small business tool to prepare mailings to receive automation and Full-Service discount prices.

Full-Service provides customers with:

· An additional per piece discount on every Full-Service mailpiece.

· Address correction information at no additional cost for Full-Service mailpieces, providing Change of Address (or COA) information and Nixie (or undeliverable-as-addressed) information.

· The ability to track service performance through reports and scan information.

· Container, tray and mailpiece visibility.

· Annual permit fees waived when 90 percent or more of cumulative annual mailings consist of Full-Service mail.

· The opportunity to use the same permit at any location via our Mail Anywhere program.


Upcoming:   I will be out of the office Monday and Tuesday, December 9 and 10, for the Newspaper Association Managers Legislative Conference in D.C.

The KPA Central Office will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day.

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