September 20, 2013

Lots and lots of things this week!

• Looking back on the first 30 years at KPA

(from Phyllis George Brown sat here, to secret service in the White House, learning to watch what I say to a newspaper reporter, a near-fatal heart attack, the first computer, the first cell phone and the Journalism Hall of Fame. All of those on a promise to stay five years.)

• John Nelson named Al Smith award winner

• Nominations open for Tom and Pat Gish Award

• Newspapers stepping up to sponsor local high school(s) for KHSJA

• KPNS adds The Anderson News; now at 75 media outlets

• Is a January postal rate hike looming for Periodicals and First Class?

• ‘Jop’ and Bill Mardis honored with large mural in downtown Somerset

• Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen rappels downtown Lexington building as fund-raiser

• Note to Cabinet for Self-Protection: Enough is enough

First, on a personal note

Allow me to begin with a personal note. Yesterday, September 26, marked my 30th anniversary as executive director of KPA. I can’t imagine anyone enjoying a job more than I have for the 10,960 or so days!

There have been fun times, funny times, emotional times and I don’t think any of those include the lobbying part of this position.

Without boring you now, I’m going to put some highlights, lowlights and other remembrances later in this week’s On Second Thought.

First “Paperboy” would be 190 years old this year

His name was Barney Flaherty and in 1833, as a 10-year-old, he became the first official paperboy in the U.S. Barney answered an ad in the New York Sun seeking vendors to sell newspapers and offering a “liberal discount.” Some would say Ben Franklin was the first, at age 15, but the tasks weren’t the same.

Wonder if the New York Sun had all the worker’s comp and unemployment insurance requirements placed on Kentucky newspapers today?

As National Newspaper Week approaches, take the time and some space to give tribute to those who get the newspapers from your dock to the readers every week, some every day.

September 24 was !?:’.,;” Day

And I bet you missed it, too. Didn’t find out until that night that September 24 is National Punctuation Day. So mark your calendar for September 24, 2014, and celebrate !?:’.,;” Day!!??::;;”””..,,

Host Newspaper, Company intern applications available

If you are a participating member in the Kentucky Statewide Classified Network, or a Kentucky-based KPA Associates member, you should have received information this week that the Host Newspaper/Host Company application process is ready for the 2014 KPA internship program. Letters were mailed to the publisher at each of the eligible newspapers; an email to KPA Associates.

Check to see what the 2013 interns did this past summer at a KPA newspaper or Associate member for a PR internship. Go to:

IRJCI opens nominations for The Tom and Pat Gish Award

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seeks nominations by Oct. 31, 2013, for this year’s Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism.

Tom and Pat Gish

Tom and Pat Gish

The award is named for Tom and Pat Gish, at right, who published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 51 years. Tom died in 2008; Pat has health issues but remains publisher, and their son Ben is editor. The Gishes have withstood advertiser boycotts, business competition, declining population, personal attacks, and even the burning of their office to give their readers the kind of journalism often lacking in rural areas. The family won the 2010 Eugene Cervi Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, which honors the maxim “good journalism begets good government,” and Tom and Pat Gish were the first winners of the award named for them.

Read more about the Gish Award:  Nominations for Gish Award

NNA opposes lifting inflation-cap on postage rates

The National Newspaper Association today expressed its dismay that the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors plans to increase postage rates beyond inflation levels. NNA President Robert M. Williams, Jr., SouthFire Newspaper Group, Blackshear, GA, said the rate increase would have a negative impact upon jobs and local businesses served by community newspapers.

“The Great Recession hit America’s small businesses and their communities hard. All of us in business have had to cut costs and make many adjustments to stay afloat. Now that the recession is supposedly over, an above-inflation postage increase may seem to make sense to the Postal Service, but it simply passes along the pain to our own workforce and our local communities. This increase will not help us keep jobs alive and products moving in local communities,” Williams said.

The Postal Service today said it would ask the Postal Regulatory Commission for its usual annual inflation-based price increase, presently at 1.6 percent, and an additional 4.3 percent that it calls an “exigent” or emergency rate. USPS said in today’s announcement that the “precarious financial condition” of the Postal Service and the “uncertain path toward enactment of postal reform legislation” were primary reasons for seeking price changes above the price cap. The increase would take effect Jan. 27.

NNA understands the Postal Service’s legislative predicament, in which several sessions of Congress have elapsed while discussions of postal reform continue. But trying to solve a financial problem by cutting services and raising rates is a solution that worsens USPS’s difficulties rather than helping them, according to Williams.

“We are doing our best to get Congress to understand that the Postal Service desperately needs help from Congress to address its cost structure, particularly in wrestling with the high cost of health care, as we all must.

Congress must make it possible for the Postmaster General to seek a more affordable path for retirees by realistically using the Medicare benefits that USPS is already paying for. We would hope Congress will see that this rate increase is going to simply make it tougher for all businesses and consumers to stay in the mail, he said.”

Williams said NNA would join with the Affordable Mail Alliance, a coalition of major mailers’ organizations, to emphasize to USPS’s regulators, the Postal Regulatory Commission, that the inflation cap is critical to businesses that use the mail.

KHSJA asked and some of you have responded       

But there’s still the need and the time for many others to respond. Help your local high school(s) become part of the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Sponsor the high school at $50 per year and for that the student newspaper, annual staff and radio/TV classes can be a part of KHSJA. They can enter the contest and they can attend the KHSJA Convention on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

So far, 23 high schools have been sponsored by the local newspaper. And in some cases, it’s not just a local high school but area high schools, even ones in adjacent counties. The Maysville Ledger Independent has sponsored five area high schools for 2013-14.

Here’s an updated KHSJA Sponsorship report from David Greer since the first one two weeks ago:

Again this school year, Kentucky newspapers can sponsor their local high school(s) in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Sponsorship is just $50 per school per school year and allows schools to participate in the annual KHSJA contest and other activities. KPA founded KHSJA 17 years ago and ever since then the state’s newspapers have been very generous in sponsoring schools. Typically, KHSJA has about 100 member schools per year with about 70 percent of its members sponsored by one or more local newspapers.

Here’s a list of so far Kentucky newspapers or publishing firms that have sponsored schools in KHSJA for the 2013-2014 school year:

The Ledger Independent (Maysville), 5 schools

Jobe Publishing, 2 schools

The Kentucky Standard, 4 schools

The Daily News (Bowling Green), 3 schools

The Advocate-Messenger, 3 schools

The Winchester Sun, 1 school

The Jessamine Journal, 2 schools

The Interior Journal, 1 school

The Record, 1 school

Meade County Messenger, 1 school

Schools can be sponsored in KHSJA through Nov. 1. For a sponsorship form, click this link:

KHSJA Sponsorship Form

If you have questions, call David Greer at 800-265-5721.

KPNS — now at 75 media outlets

Add the Anderson News in Lawrenceburg to the list of media outlets participating in the Kentucky Press News Service. That brings the total to 73 newspapers and two public radio station.

As of Thursday afternoon’s budget, we had made available 24,326 stories since KPNS began October 1, 2009. Another 1700 or so editorials have been uploaded to the KPNS site since we began offering those in May, 2012.

We won’t hit 25,000 individual stories by the fourth anniversary on Tuesday but putting the two services together, we’ve passed 26,000.

John Nelson wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

A leader for openness in government and quality in journalism
john-nelson-195x300 during his career at weekly and daily newspapers will receive the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism during a dinner in Frankfort Nov. 16.

The honoree is John Nelson, executive editor of Danville-based Advocate Communications, a subsidiary of Schurz Communications of South Bend, Ind., which publishes The Advocate-Messenger of Danville, The Winchester Sun, The Jessamine Journal and The Interior Journal of Stanford.

Before joining the Danville newspaper as an editor, Nelson was editor and co-publisher of Pulaski Week, which was an award-winning weekly paper in Somerset. He began his career at The Citizen Voice and Times in Estill County.

The Al Smith Award is named for the rural newspaper publisher who was founding producer and host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky.” It is presented by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, part of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

Smith is a national SPJ Fellow and co-founder of the Institute, and chairman emeritus of its national advisory board.

Nelson, 61, is a native of Mayfield who grew up in Valley Station and earned a degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

As president of the Kentucky Press Association in 2004, he oversaw the state’s first open-records audit and spearheaded a lawsuit to open juvenile courts, and was named KPA’s most valuable member for 2005. He also served as president of the Bluegrass SPJ Chapter.

“John Nelson has been known for decades as a newspaper manager who has always had public service at the top of his mind,” said Institute Director Al Cross. “Few people have carved out the kind of record he has left: part owner and co-editor of a superb weekly, editor of an excellent daily and now executive editor of two dailies and two weeklies. He is an exemplary community journalist.”

KPA Executive Director David Thompson said in his endorsement of Nelson’s nomination, “John has always been about public service through community journalism.”

Nelson joined the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in April. He has received the Barry Bingham Freedom of Information Award from KPA and The Courier-Journal, and the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment from the UK journalism school’s Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.

“John Nelson has ‘done it all’ in the newspaper business – country editor, daily editor, exemplary crusader for ethics and transparency in government and business, including journalism, passionately committed to his community, and inspiration to his family and friends.,” Al Smith said, recalling Nelson’s Journalism Hall of Fame induction:

“He is one of the few editors who ever made a speech so moving that I wrote for a printed copy. In an era of troubling transition for the news business and vexing conflicts in government, business and education, the strength of this country is in the character of its citizens who do the next right thing in the everyday challenges of life at the grass roots. John Nelson has been an enduring voice for Americans who do honest work, teach their kids to treat others as they want to be treated, respect education, and try to make the world a better place. He is a hero of community journalism.”

Smith was the first recipient of the award, which is presented for a career of public service through community journalism in Kentucky, or anywhere by a current or former Kentuckian, with preference given to those outside metropolitan areas.

Last year’s winners were Jennifer P. Brown, opinion editor and former editor of the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, and Max Heath, retired executive editor and vice president of Shelbyville-based Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

The Al Smith Award will be presented at a dinner in Frankfort on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 16. Details will be announced soon. For more information, call (859) 257-3744 or email

George Joplin III and Bill Mardis mural

George Joplin III and Bill Mardis mural

George Joplin, Bill Mardis honored with mural in downtown Somerset

A Kentucky publisher who became the youngest president of the Kentucky Press Association in 1964, and a “jack-of-all-trades” journalist whose tenure at the daily Commonwealth Journal is approaching 50 years, have received a unique and lasting honor.

A mural featuring the images of the late George Joplin III and Bill Mardis was unveiled to the public on Tuesday in a noon day ceremony outside the newspaper’s three-story office in downtown Somerset.

The 12 x 8 mural was painted by local artist, Tyrone Vetter, who had been featured in a recent issue of the paper’s monthly Home & Family Journal.

The project was the brainchild of Don White, who, in 1970, was given his first job by the man everyone called “Jop.” The Somerset native went on to work for The Lexington Herald-Leader before joining Landmark Newspapers, Inc. as editor of The Casey County News. He returned to his hometown following a long tenure as editor/publisher of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg.

White now does freelance writing for the Commonwealth-Journal, and compiles a popular “Pulaski’s Past” column published every Saturday.

George Joplin III followed in his father’s footsteps as editor/publisher of The Commonwealth, when it was a weekly, and oversaw conversion to daily publication in the mid 1960s.

In 1976, he served as president of the National Newspaper Association, while also maintaining leadership positions with several organizations in his community.

Mardis, a Campbellsville native who was recruited by Joplin when working for a local radio station, still reports to work three days a week and produces a ton of copy, including a weekly humor column under the title of “Your Humble Reporter.”

From left, Jop’s children, George 111, Jane Evans and John (far right) pose with Don White.

From left, Jop’s children, George 111, Jane Evans and John (far right) pose with Don White.

Herald-Leader columnist rappels Big Blue

By Tom Eblen —

Tom Eblen begins the descent down Big Blue

Tom Eblen begins the descent down Big Blue

What’s the hardest thing about rappelling 410 feet down the side of Lexington’s tallest tower? Leaning back off the platform into thin air and hoping that all of the ropes, buckles and harnesses around you work.

Fortunately, they worked. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this.

I was among the first of about 100 people taking part today and Thursday in the Brave the Blue challenge, the second-annual fundraiser for the Bluegrass Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event will raise more than $100,000 for scouting programs in 55 Central Kentucky counties.

Tooting our own horn!!

Did you know some 150,000 attend the Kentucky Derby each May and another 1.4 million Kentuckians watch the festivities on TV? But that pales in comparison to the number of Kentuckians who read a newspaper in print or online last week. Here’s a link to an ad we’ve made available as part of National Newspaper Week. The Newspaper Association Managers group wanted to do something specific to each state to promote the industry now and into the future. We each gave the Florida Press Association some facts and figures about our respective state and then an Florida agency created an ad for each one. Here’s what they came up with for Kentucky and you’re welcome to use it now, during National Newspaper Week, and any other time you want.
You send ad folks out onto the street, talking with local retailers about their marketing programs and try to convince them newspapers are the way to go. We have the survey stats to back it up. Yet we don’t practice what we preach. Newspapers aren’t known for promoting themselves so set aside October 6 – 12 when it’s National Newspaper Week and promote your newspaper!

Looking back at the last 30 years

Just making some notes here of the last 30 years. Certainly not all inclusive for each day brings new ventures, new challenges, new friends.

It was just a few weeks after I started. Office Manager Barbara Brown came to my door and said, “David, we have some visitors.” Standing with her were Gov. John Y. Brown, Phyllis George Brown and two security members. The governor explained that they were out on a walk down Capitol Avenue and since Phyllis was pregnant, she needed to go to the bathroom. He asked if she could use my bathroom. Now what was I going to say to the First Lady? No? No way. I showed her where it was and the governor and I visited for a few minutes. He was looking over the pictures on the Wall of Presidents and asking about some of the past presidents of KPA. Phyllis came out, thanked me and they were on their way to finish the walk. When KPA moved to the new office a few years later, I gave thought to taking the toilet seat with me and hanging it on the wall with a sign, “Phyllis George Brown sat here!”

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In 1985, it was announced that Toyota was coming to Georgetown. The plant would open several months later. In March, 1986, I was at the White House attending the National Newspaper Association’s reception, back then an annual event. President Reagan walked in and was making his way to the podium. In noticed NNA general counsel Tonda Rush speaking to two Secret Service guys and pointing in my direction. They came over, asked if I am David Thompson and then escorted me out of the room, saying I needed to follow them. Talking about freaking out. They took me to the press office and introduced me to one of the staff members who told me I needed to call my office immediately. Wow, I was getting to use a White House phone! I found out from the KPA office staff that I needed to go to Senator Ford’s office the next day and file for a passport. His staff would rush it through. I was going to need a passport because Toyota had invited a group of about 15 news media folks from Central Kentucky to all-expense-paid travel to Japan. They wanted to show the media all they could about the company in hopes some positive stories would come up prior to the plant’s opening. The trip was in April, lasted about 12 days and one of the highlights was finding a Mr. Donut and convincing the bus driver to stop. Ralph Hacker bought 2 or 3 dozen donuts that we consumed within minutes. Much better than the sushi and other “food” we had been fed early on. We visited three of their plants, got to do the morning physical training routine with workers and got to talk with some of the workers about Toyota. Greg Gerlach, a reporter with WLEX-TV/Channel 18, was taping one of the classroom sessions for Toyota workers. The teacher stopped and introduced us and Greg asked if he could get a group together for a minute. A few stood up and went to Greg. He got some video and then asked them to raise their index finger and say “Go Big Blue!” Which they did, with big smiles. On Greg’s cue they shouted, “Go Big Brue” (as in brew).

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I should have known to watch what I say to a reporter because nothing is off the record. A Senate committee had been considering some open records legislation that KPA was strongly opposed to. The next day a news release came out from the Sen. Dick Roeding’s office that KPA endorsed his legislation and I got a phone call from a weekly newspaper in his district. When I found out who was calling, I didn’t say hello or anything else. I picked up the phone and said, “Dick Roeding is an idiot.” The caller was going to write a story about the legislation and wanted to know why KPA was endorsing it. He got my answer with the phone call greeting. But instead of a story, he wrote an editorial. And the editorial began with, “Sen. Dick Roeding is an idiot, said David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association.” I found out who wrote the release for Sen. Roeding and asked the writer why he said KPA was endorsing the legislation. His response, “Well I saw you had signed up to speak on the bill so I just figured that meant you were supporting it.” He didn’t sit in on the committee meeting, just had a copy of the sign-in sheet and from that surmised KPA was supporting a terrible piece of legislation. And no, it didn’t pass the full Senate.

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5:56 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 1997 — Practicing handbells at church and had a heart attack. Only remember the first few seconds in the ambulance and seeing a very bright light, like a train engine light in a tunnel. After being defibbed four times and some kind of shot in the heart, I was revived by the Georgetown EMS folks and am still here today.

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Journalism Hall of Fame — What an honor to be inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2006. But it wasn’t about David Thompson, it was about KPA and the organization it has become because of strong officers and board, members and Associate members, and staff. It was an honor but one person was only a small part of that honor.

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Five-year promise fulfilled — A note to Betty Berryman: You were on the executive committee back in August, 1983, interviewing the candidates for this position. Over those two separate interviews, I honestly remember only one question. It came from you: “If you get this position, will you commit to staying five years?” You know I answered “yes” Betty but in my mind, I thought, “Lady, if you hire me for this position, I’ll stay a lifetime.” I kept the promise Betty as I said I would. And now thanks for 30 great years!

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The First Computer — We really thought we had become a trend-setting organization in 1987 when we bought the first KPA computer. For $5000, we purchased an Apple IIC (screen was smaller than an iPad) and another $5000 got us a dot matrix printer. We could outfit the entire office in the latest computers for that $10,000 spent 26 years ago. A few years later, we stepped forward again, buying something called a Performa!

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The First Cell Phone — And we moved even further ahead in the mid 1990s by purchasing a cell phone. It was called that but honestly it reminded me more of the communications system I had to carry while in infantry training at Fort Polk, LA. The first cell phone we had was a “bag” phone; probably weighed 10 to 12 pounds and not very easy to operate either. It was about the size of a briefcase so nothing you could carry in a pocket as you can today.

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At what point does the court system say, Enough is enough! You’re in contempt

Comes word again this week, in the Open Meetings/Open Records opinions report from the state Attorney General that the Cabinet for Self-Protection violated the Open Records law by withholding information from the Shelbyville Sentinel News.

Sound familiar?

But get this: In the latest round of redacting information on child deaths and near deaths, the cabinet redacted information from a NEWS RELEASE and even from an OBITUARY! You read that right — the Cabinet for Self-Protection tried to rewrite history by redacting in a news release that had long ago been sent out. And then it goes a step further, redacting information in an obituary.

Left to the cabinet, it probably would redact the score of this year’s NIT loss by UK to Robert Morris. Or perhaps no one would ever know UK lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA finals.

At some point, the court system needs to put an end to all of this, threaten contempt charges if they do it again and let’s move on.

The governor said it but I told you he didn’t mean it

Remember this event, this release from the Governor’s Communication Office? The governor announcing his administration was going to comply with court orders and “open the records?”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear today directed the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to open the records of cases in which child abuse or neglect resulted in a child fatality or near fatality.

“The death of any child is one too many, which is why it’s imperative state government do all it can to protect our vulnerable children,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We have reviewed our laws alongside the laws of all other states regarding information released in these terrible situations.  Everyone’s ultimate goal is to protect children, and my directives today are part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen our system.”


That announcement came almost two years ago. And I told you all at the time, from covering the event, you could tell the governor didn’t mean it. His heart wasn’t in that announcement. He was giving lip service to the media to get us off his back and let him get ready for his next four-year term. After all, his second Inauguration was just a few days away.

Want to see the whole release from his office? Gov. Beshear Opens Records of Child Fatality Cases.pdf

Some questions about the Postal Board of Governors considerations of USPS requests:

1.     What is an exigent rate filing?

o   An exigent rate filing is a special rate increase request beyond the annual CPI increase.  It is allowed by law if the Postal Service has been affected by “extraordinary or exceptional circumstances.” 

2.     When will we know for sure what the rates will be?

o   After the Postal Board of Governors approves the exigent filing this week it is submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a 90-day review after which they approve or disapprove the filing.  During the 90 day review period the PRC will also question the Postal Service’s filing information to aid in their decision process.

3.     What action can the mailing industry take?

o   This is an open rulemaking process and as a result the mailing industry and other are permitted to file comments with the PRC during the 90 day process.   

4.     When will the new rates go into effect?

o   January 26, 2013

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Lobbying totals exceed $4 million in last four months

(Again, whenever I get these reports, I always check to make sure KPA is not at the top of the list in lobbying spending. And again, we’re not! You might think, as I, the report is for May through August when the legislature was not in session. Though it was only for five days, there was a special session on redistricting.)

Lobbying spending in Kentucky continued its upward trend, as businesses, organizations, and their lobbyists spent $4.18 million in the recent four-month reporting period.

That’s a nine percent increase over the same period in 2011, and keeps lobbying interests on track to easily eclipse that year’s $14.9 million spending record for an odd-numbered year, in which the legislative session is only 30 days long. More than $11.9 million was spent on lobbying in the first eight months of this year.

The top 10 spenders in the May 1 to August 31 period were: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce ($90,184); Altria Client Services ($76,878); Kentucky Hospital Association ($46,881); Coal Operators & Associates ($45,000); Houchens Industries ($44,000); Kentucky Justice Association ($41,134); Buffalo Trace Distillery ($40,000); Hewlett Packard ($40,000); Century Aluminum of Kentucky ($40,000); and Kentucky Medical Association ($38,056).

The next 10 biggest spenders include: National Tobacco Company ($30,000); Jefferson County Public Schools ($26,758); Atmos Energy ($26,000); Churchill Downs ($25,251); KentuckyOne Health ($25,198); LifePoint Hospitals ($25,064); Home Builders Association of Kentucky ($24,913); Bluegrass New Directions ($24,660); Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association ($24,520); and Coventry Health Care ($24,233).

House Ways and Means Committee considering limit on ad tax deductibility

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, has been meeting with his Republican colleagues on the committee as he and his staff pull together tax reform legislation. The Newspaper Association of America has learned that Chairman Camp is giving serious consideration to proposals that would limit the ability of businesses to deduct the cost of advertising as an ordinary and necessary business expense. This proposal is being considered as a way to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.

NAA is encouraging member newspapers to contact Republican members of the committee and urge them to oppose this proposal. If you are unable to reach your representative, please ask to speak with his chief of staff or tax legislative assistant.

Key Talking Points:

  • A proposal is under discussion within the House Ways and Means Committee that would limit or restrict the ability of companies to deduct the cost of their advertising as an ordinary and necessary business expense in the year the expense occurs.
  • The advertising deduction is not a “subsidy” or tax exemption but an ordinary and necessary cost of doing business, just like salaries, office supplies and rent.
  • There is no authoritative economic or practical support for enacting a limit on the deduction of advertising costs. The Tax Code has permitted this deduction for the 100-year life of the corporate income tax.
  • Advertising is the lifeblood of newspapers and other media. Limiting the ability of businesses to deduct the cost of their advertising would reduce important revenues that support news and information provided to communities.
  • Advertising expenditures account for $5.8 trillion in U.S. economic output and helps support 19.8 million American jobs.
  • Now is not the time to implement this policy change that would increase the cost of advertising and slow down an engine of economic activity just when our economy needs it most
  • I ask that you oppose this tax on advertising and for you to urge your colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee to reject it.

If you have questions or need additional information, please e-mail Kathy Mason, vice president of government affairs at NAA or call her at 571-366-1152.

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October 24 – 25, 2013

2013 KPA Fall Board Retreat – Dale Hollow Lake State Park – Burkesville, K

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

June 5 – 7, 2014

Tennessee Press Association Summer Convention, Park Vista Doubletree Hotel, Gatlinburg (KPA members are invited)

August 5 – 10, 2014

91st Annual Newspaper Association Managers Convention, Doubletree Hotel/Downtown, Nashville

January 22 – 23, 2015

2015 KPA Winter Convention, Marriott East, Louisville

February, 2015

KPA judges Montana Newspaper Association News and Advertising Contests.

October, 2015

Montana Newspaper Association judges KPA Fall News Contest

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

Also, potential 2018

KPA will be judging the Utah Press Association contests

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