September 13, 2013

  • Hutcheson elected NNA Treasurer
  • National Newspaper Week materials now available on KPA website
  • First Amendment Center seeks James Madison Award nominations
  • Almost time to file and publish Statement of Ownership
  • Federal Shield Law gets Senate committee okay
  • Golf tournament funds may allow 3 more internships

Chip Hutcheson elected NNA Treasurer

Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times Leader in Princeton and 2010 KPA President, was elected treasurer of the National Newspaper Association during that group’s convention last week in Phoenix.

Hutcheson, who is now in line to serve as President of NNA in two years, had been serving as Region 3 director to the NNA Board. The region includes Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Robert M. Williams Jr., chair and publisher of SouthFire Newspaper Group in Blackshear, GA, was elected as president of NNA.

Williams succeeded Merle Baranczyk, publisher of the Salida

Chip Hutcheson

Chip Hutcheson

(CO) Mountain Mail, who became immediate past president.

Elected vice president was John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of the Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE. He had been treasurer.

Hutcheson is scheduled take office as NNA President’s at the association’s 129th convention in September, 2015, in St. Charles, MO.

A little more about John “Chip” Hutcheson III

Became publisher of The Princeton Leader in 1976, following his parents’ retirement.

Remained publisher after 1992, when paper and competitor were bought by Kentucky New Era of Hopkinsville, merged into The Times Leader and made biweekly; paper was first Kentucky weekly with website,  in 1996. Writes editorials and a weekly column, “Chip off the Old Block,” which has appeared every Wednesday since 1976.  Sports editor of the Kentucky Kernel and University of Kentucky graduate; sports editor of New Era for six years. Serves on New Era board and is publisher of The Eagle Post, its weekly for Fort Campbell area. Served several terms as director of Kentucky Press Association; president in 2010; winner of numerous KPA awards.  At-large director of National Newspaper Association, 2005-11, then regional director for Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Active in many civic organizations; on the board of Western Recorder, newspaper of Kentucky Baptist Convention.

National Newspaper Week materials now posted. Use them, promote your newspaper, your industry!!

We have posted the National Newspaper Week materials at This should allow your newspaper ample time to browse and download the materials in time to plan plenty of space for the October 6-12 Week.  Although a login and password box appears at the top of the page, there is NO LOGIN REQUIRED to download any of the materials.


We have a strong collection of op-ed pieces, editorial cartoons, a crossword puzzle, and a couple of logo ads (banner and skyscraper) for you and your members to use to promote the value of newspapers to our communities.  One piece NAM is especially happy to have was written by Tennessee’s senior US Senator and former US Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander.

We encourage you to editorialize about why your newspaper is a vital part of the community and why newspapers are so important to the citizens of Kentucky.

First Amendment Center at UK seeking James Madison nominations

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky is inviting nominations for its annual James Madison Award to recognize a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment.  The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the passage and ratification of the Bill of Rights.

Nominees must have significant ties to Kentucky, and their efforts must have resulted in the preservation or expansion of freedom of the press and/or freedom of speech.  Dedication to the First Amendment principle of free expression is not accomplished in a day’s work but rather a lifetime.  Thus the award recognizes a long-term commitment to such ideals.

The deadline for nominations is October 4.

Honorees do not have to be journalists.  The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms.  Nominees may include, for example, educators, lawyers, judges, scholars, librarians, students or ordinary citizens.  The most deserving recipient will be someone who has made a significant contribution regardless of how much public attention it has received.

The Madison Award will recognize those who have labored or taken a stand in one or more of these areas: open government and open records; robust debate in the marketplace of ideas; promotion of the watchdog role of the press; defense against government or private censorship.

The nominator must submit a letter identifying the nominee, listing the nominee’s address, phone number and position, and explaining why the nominee would be a worthy recipient.  The letter should detail the specific efforts taken on behalf of First Amendment rights and should discuss obstacles and difficulties as well as the impact of the nominee’s efforts.  The nominator may include up to three letters of support as well as other materials such as published or broadcast information.

Entries will be reviewed by a committee that will include previous winners and the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.  The committee will have the option of not selecting a recipient if it does not believe any candidate is deserving.

Nominees who meet the award criteria but are not selected initially will automatically be considered for two more years. The award will be presented at the Scripps’ center annual First Amendment Celebration on October 29 in the William T. Young Library auditorium.

Past winners were Judith Clabes, founder of UK’s First Amendment Center and a strong supporter of a free press as a newspaper editor and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation; Jon Fleischaker, the commonwealth’s foremost media law attorney; veteran Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus, who has used public records extensively to expose government corruption; David Hawpe, retired Courier-Journal reporter and editor who fought relentlessly to open records and meetings; John Nelson, managing editor of The Advocate-Messenger in Danville and executive editor of Advocate Communications Inc., who was recognized for, among other activities, organizing a statewide open records audit; veteran newsman Al Smith, whose KET public affairs program, “Comment on Kentucky,” informed the state’s citizens on government issues affecting them. The most recent winner was retired media law attorney Kim Greene, who fought many fights for open government for media clients she represented.

Nominations should be sent to Mike Farrell, Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, 144 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042, or emailed to

For more information, contact Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at (859) 257-4848, or

Editors and Ad Managers take a break

Editors and ad managers need to take a quick break at this point and get registered for the upcoming KPA Contests, if you haven’t already.

It only takes a minute but four Fridays from today — October 18 — it will be entry deadline time for the KPA News and KPA Ad contest.

Editors — go to and register now!

Ad Directors — go to and register now!

And when you’ve done that, then you can get back to reading On Second Thought!

Border War golf tournament will fund more internships

It really wasn’t a “war” at all just a bunch of newspaper people from Kentucky and Tennessee out for a day of golf and raising funds for the foundations of the two state press associations.

Soon after sending last week’s On Second Thought came the first word on how the golf tournament did financially. And thanks to numerous sponsors, mostly on the part of Bob Atkins from Tennessee, it looks like the Kentucky Journalism Foundation could receive $10,200. And that’s enough for us to fund three more interns for the summer of 2014.

That could mean at least 26 total interns next summer between newspapers and KPA Associates members. Again, to be eligible as a newspaper, you have to participate in the Statewide Classified program. And to be eligible as a KPA Associate, you have to have a Kentucky-based office.

CKNJ moves to new digs

After more than 30 years in the same
untitled-300x198location, the Central Kentucky News-Journal will soon have a new home.

The News-Journal has served Taylor County for more than 100 years. The newspaper’s office is currently located at 428 Woodlawn Ave. in Campbellsville, but will be moving to 200 Albion Way. The new location is beside Campbellsville’s Super 8 Motel.

In preparation for the move, the News-Journal will close at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The office will be closed Thursday, Oct. 10, and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the new location.

Leigh Anne Florence receives Jesse Stuart Award

leigh-anne-florence-242x300Woody series author, Leigh Anne Florence, recently received the Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Jesse Stuart Award!

The Jesse Stuart Media Award recognizes development of media relating to Kentucky.

She was recognized and honored at the KASL annual conference in Louisville last week. KASL, previously called the Kentucky School Media Association, is the professional organization of all Kentucky School Librarians, a state affiliate of the Kentucky Library Association and a national affiliate of the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association.


Leigh Anne’s current Fall Chapter series
kids-academy-nie-225x300 for KPA members, ‘Outstanding in High Field,’ is reaching elementary students (and subscribers) to about 65 newspapers. One of those is the Russell Springs Times Journal that sends along this photo of students at K.I.D.s Academy who are enjoying the antics and adventures of Woody and Chloe.

K.I.D.’s Academy Homeschool group participated in Chapter 1 of Woody and Chloe’s “Outstanding in His Field” Kentucky Adventure.

In response to Question 8. this is what they thought would happen to Woody and Chloe:
Kate (Age 7): I thought they would jump off at a farm. They will walk back to Mom and Dad
Izabella (Age 5): They’re going to the groceries. They’ll drive back.
Drake (Age 9): I think that they’ll go to a factory where they make food. They’ll probably hop back in the truck to get back to Mom and Dad.
Change one word in Chapter 6
If you’re one of the nearly 65 newspapers publishing ‘Outstanding in His Field,’ please be aware that one word in Chapter 6 needs to be changed.
That’s “flock” to “herd.” The podcast is correct. The corrected text has been placed on the KPA website where participating newspapers download each chapter.

dave-eldridge-233x300Eldridge recuperating

Dave Eldridge, a KPA Past President and general manager of the Perry County (IN) News, is recuperating from some heart procedures done earlier this week at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He’s shown with wife Judy, relaxing in his hospital room before being released. Everything went well and he’ll continue to recuperate for a few days before heading back to work. And he asked his cardiologist to write him a prescription to get more strokes from his friends when playing golf.

Question of the Week:

We had a gentleman to come in the office wanting to run a Letter of Intent to Run for Office. He said last time he ran a former employee had taken care of it and no one else in the office remembers it running. Our question is: Should it be a paid ad because it’s political? What should we do with it?
Answer: I know there are requirements for Intents to Mine and Intents to Sell Alcoholic Beverages but there’s no law requiring anyone to publish an Intent to Run for Office. Gee, wish there was because of all the people who do file or think about running. And it’s not political because that’s defined as an ad for the support or defeat of a candidate. If he hasn’t filed, he can’t be considered a candidate. Anyway, sell the guy a display ad, thank him for running an ad in the newspaper and wish him good luck!

Age, gender influence how people use mobile devices for news

Adult male news consumers of all ages were more likely than adult female news consumers to watch videos on smartphones, revealed a recent mobile media news consumption survey. With tablets, female news consumers 18 to 34 years old and 55 or older were more likely than male consumers to watch videos within news websites or apps.

These were two of the findings in the second annual mobile media news consumption survey conducted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute in collaboration with members of the Digital Publishing Alliance. The DPA is a member-supported initiative of the RJI at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Other key findings

* 62 percent of large tablet news consumers and 55 percent of smartphone news consumers said they had watched videos found within news websites or apps during the week prior to taking the survey.

* Of the 10 actions relating to news addressed in this year’s survey, men were more likely than women overall to have used a smartphone to perform all but one — take advantage of deals or coupons.

* With large tablets, women were equal to or more likely than men overall to perform four of the actions — watch videos; make buying decisions, purchases or reservations; take advantage of deals or coupons; and respond to breaking news alerts.

* What are some top activities people use their mobile devices for in relation to news consumption? What are the preferences of tablet users when it comes to scrolling through text (web-like) or swiping pages (print-like)? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

The intended purpose of the RJI-DPA mobile media news consumption surveys is to gain insights into who uses mobile media and how their uses for news may change over time. Click here to learn more about the mobile media research project.

All of the reports from this survey will be compiled with additional commentary and data as a PDF e-book to be sold on the RJI website.

Nominate your newspaper/company as ‘Best Place to Work’

Best Places to Work in Kentucky is an initiative dedicated to finding and recognizing Kentucky’s best employers. This year there’s a new category that will honor the best small businesses to work at in the Commonwealth, bringing the category count from two to three – small companies of 15 – 149 employees; medium companies of 150 – 499 employees; and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees.
If you think your newspaper or Associates company has what it takes to be honored on the 1oth annual “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” list…or if you simply want to learn more about this project…explore this website.

Want to test drive a 261 miles per gallon vehicle? Here’s your chance

Did you think anymore about test driving the 261 mpg vehicle?
I mentioned this last week and had a hard time getting the photo of the car in WordPress. So I offer some reminding information and the picture.

Environmental Journalists to Host U.S. Debut of 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 Plug-in Hybrid

Where: The Society of Environmental Journalists 23rd Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Tennessee and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga.

When: Vehicle Test Drives and Demos, image002

Thursday evening, October 3, through Saturday afternoon, October 5; Electrifying Cars Plenary session, Friday, October 4, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is served beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Test Drives and Demos: Among the cars expected for driving and display include the 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid — the U.S. debut! (display only), the Chevrolet Spark EV, the BMW ActiveE and i3 electrics, the Nissan Leaf and the Scion iQ EV.

Electrifying Cars: The Next Five Years

Plenary Session: Start your morning with a hearty buffet breakfast in the midst of SEJ’s biggest and best auto show and alternative vehicle demo yet. Test-drive and kick the tires on battery electrics, hybrids and alternative-fuel cars, including some possible world premieres. Talk to industry experts, interact with high-tech demos, and stay tuned for announcements about special programs right in the middle of the action.

The “Electrifying Cars: The Next Five Years” panel will feature two automakers with Tennessee plants, Volkswagen and Nissan; electric vehicle leaders General Motors and Toyota; and the CEO of the Nashville-based Xenon Motor Company, which makes electric scooters, who recently led the Ride the Future Tour, taking four electric vehicles across the U.S. in a Guinness World Records bid.

Constitution Day — Hope you noticed and wrote something

It was Tuesday of this week, September 17, that we celebrated Constitution Day. It slipped by me, not taking notice until that day when I received a column by Caroline Little, CEO of the Newspaper Association of America. Here’s her tribute to that special day:

Constitution Day: The people, the press, and the public’s right to know

In the summer of 1787, the nation’s most influential lawyers, generals and politicians gathered in Philadelphia with a single purpose: To create a government that was ruled by the people instead of ruling them.

Caroline Little

Caroline Little

The first words of the Constitution underscored this principal: “We, the people, of the United States of America…”

To protect the people’s power, our founding fathers carefully divided the government into three branches. With this system, no one person or governmental branch could ever rule with absolute authority.

The checks and balances provide a framework for the government. However, the cornerstone of our democracy is the unique privilege and responsibility of every citizen to be engaged through voting, public offices, representation in Congress and myriad other ways.

For a society to be responsible and powerful, it must be informed. Our free press, protected by the first Constitutional amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”

As he emphasized, this free flow of information to the public is essential to preserving our American democracy. In addition to educating and reporting, the press serves as the public’s independent watchdog, charged with keeping governments, businesses and other organizations in check.

What other institution has the power to talk to key leaders, inspire social change and uncover corruption, while analyzing and providing context for major global events? Thanks to diligent reporting, citizens are empowered to take a stance on critical issues, enact change and demand the best from their leaders.

Recent headlines have demonstrated that we can’t take the power of the press for granted. After it was revealed this summer that the government secretly obtained AP phone records and the email content of Fox News reporter James Rosen, while also ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen must disclose his confidential sources, it became clear that confidential sources and the integrity of the newsgathering process must also be specifically protected.

Without a free press that can defend its sources, American democracy will suffer. The Newspaper Association of America applauded the vote last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the Free Flow of Information Act for vote in the Senate. This bill represents a critical step in preserving the public’s right to know while still ensuring effective law enforcement.

While we celebrate this, we know that news organizations and the government itself comprise only a piece of the equation. To have a strong democracy and educated citizenry, it is up to you to take advantage of your opportunities to be engaged. It is up to you to stay informed by reading newspapers, visiting their websites or accessing their news apps, and up to you to show up at the polls on November 5.

The Constitution was ratified on September 17, a day that we continue to commemorate every year as the birth of our uniquely American government. There is no better way to honor our Constitution and our founding fathers than by exercising our individual right to be informed.

Caroline Little is president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America in Arlington, Va.

Interested in Gatlinburg in June 2014?

You’re invited to Gatlinburg, June 5-7, 2014, for the Tennessee Press Association Summer Convention. Seriously, Tennessee Press is inviting all KPA members to Gatlinburg next summer. Just let me know if you’re interested!!

Reminder to file then publish the USPS Form 3526

It’s about October and besides the colorful season, and football in full gear, and cooler temps, it’s also time for newspapers to file and then publish the USPS Statement of Ownership, Form 3526.

Have it to your post office by October 1 and then publish during October according to your newspaper frequency.

This form must be published in the newspaper as follows:
● For publications issued more frequently than weekly, by October 10
● For weekly or less frequently, but more frequently than monthly, by October 31
● For monthly or less frequently, in the first issue published after October 1

Have you signed up for a webinar yet?

There’s one today on competitive business models and you can still sign up, though you will pay a late fee. Even if you can’t watch it today, sign up and then you can go to the webinar archives when you have time. Others are coming up so get registered now!

• Today — September 20 Collaborating for Success: Competitive Business Models

2-3 pm Eastern/1-2 pm Central

Registration: $35

To avoid late fee, register by September 17.

For more information and to register at Online Media Campus:

• October 3 The Five Most Important Questions in Sales

2-3 pm Eastern/1-2 pm Central

Registration: $35

To avoid late fee, register by September 30.

For more information and to register at Online Media Campus:

• October 10 How Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Can Benefit Your Advertisers

2-3 pm Eastern/1-2 pm Central

Registration: $35

To avoid late fee, register by October 2.

For more information and to register at Online Media Campus:

Federal Shield Law gets Senate Committee approval

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.

The Judiciary Committee’s action cleared the way for approval of legislation prompted by the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist. The subpoenas grew out of investigations into leaks of classified information to the news organizations.

The AP received no advance warning of the subpoena.

The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a “covered journalist” as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years.

It would apply to student journalists or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last five years. A federal judge also would have the discretion to declare an individual a “covered journalist,” who would be granted the privileges of the law.

The committee later approved the overall bill on a 13-5 vote.

The bill has been a while in the making. It was introduced a few years ago by Rep. Mike Pence, now Governor of Indiana. At times it had gained some support of various congressional members but never enough to really push it forward. This year’s news about the Justice Department gave new impetus to passing the shield law.

Some states facing efforts to limit open records to residents only

Had some communications this week with my state press association colleagues. A couple, at least, are facing legislation filed by public agencies, seeking to limit access to public records to in-state residents only. Apparently these agencies are saying out of state residents want voluminous records when they make a request and the only way to stop them is to restrict requests to in-state residents.

Of course, that won’t stop anyone because they’ll just find an in-state resident to make the request.

I did talk with Jon Fleischaker, Ashley Pack as well as Amye Bensenhaver, who handles OM/OR appears for the Attorney General’s Office.

Kentucky’s law is pretty straightforward. It states that “Any person” can request records so in-state, out-of-state, wherever, there’s no restriction on who is eligible to request a record.

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