About David Thompson

Kentucky loses another journalism giant, an icon to community newspapers across the country in Max Heath

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

Served as chair of the National Newspaper Association’s Postal Committee for 30 years; was KPA President in 1987 Max is the third KPA Past President to pass away in 2021 There is a tribute to Max on the KPA Facebook Page that includes a statement from the National Newspaper Association. The KPA post has reached more than 10,500 and more […]

AP offers StoryShare training 4 times for KPA members interested in the news sharing project

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

Sessions are free but you do have to register by August 9  Kentucky editors:   The KPA board has approved participating in AP StoryShare so Kentucky members can share stories and photos across a single easy-to-navigate platform. The first year of the StoryShare service will be paid for by KPA.   The AP will conduct FREE training sessions on the StoryShare […]

Eastern Progress, Murray State News, Kentucky Kernel, College Heights Herald, Talisman named to Pacemaker’s Top 100

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

Four Kentucky college student newspapers and a Yearbook/Magazine have been selected to the Pacemaker Top 100. The Pacemaker Top 10 will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention, Oct. 14-17, 2021, at the New Orleans Sheraton Associated Collegiate Press — home of the prestigious Pacemaker awards — proudly recognizes its top 100 publications as it launches its centennial celebration. Founded […]

Eastern student wins third place in ISWNE college competition

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

A letter to Breonna Taylor By Tamera Crutcher Judge’s Comment: “Student readers of the Eastern Progress in Kentucky could surely relate to this open letter to Breonna Taylor, who was the victim of a no-knock warrant in Louisville. A bit of background would strengthen this column, but Crutcher effectively expresses her firsthand experiences and how they apply to the Black […]

Leadership changes announced at Bowling Green Daily News

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

From the Bowling Green Daily News The Daily News recently announced changes within its leadership team, including the naming of Scott Gaines as publisher and the transition of Pipes Gaines to publisher emeritus. Scott Gaines, who has served as co-publisher with his father since 2013, previously held the titles of business manager and general manager during his Daily News career. […]

Maysville, Georgetown seek print journalists

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

If you are interested in either of these positions, or want to learn more, go to https://www.kypress.com/jobs/. Maysville Ledger Independent The Ledger Independent is seeking a full-time, multi-skilled journalist to cover a variety of news in a growing seven-county community.  We’re looking for someone with a passion for journalism and community news who is ready to showcase the Maysville area […]

Obit: Dennis Richardson, previously owned several newspapers in Western Kentucky

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

Dennis Richardson, owner of Magic Valley Publishing Co., passed away suddenly and peacefully at his Camden TN home on Monday, July 26. Dennis and his wife, Lisa, became newspaper publishers in 1983 when they purchased the Carroll County News (Huntingdon). Soon after, they incorporated the business as Magic Valley Publishing, Inc. (MVP). Later in 1992, MVP purchased several newspapers including […]

Hope Center, officials honor new executive director, Rufus Friday

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

  Rufus Friday, former president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader, was honored this week as he took over as executive director of The Hope Center in Lexington. Welcoming Friday, third from left, to his new position, were Gov. Andy Beshear, Hope Center board chairman Cathy Jacobs and Lexington Fayette County mayor Linda Gorton. The Hope Center is Lexington’s largest […]

Good primer for reporters just learning the ropes

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

By: Julie Patel Liss From Poynter If you’re new to reporting, here is an easy checklist to follow when filing your stories. (Your newsroom’s rules on sourcing may be more rigid and individual editors may make exceptions on a couple of these things, so always check with them first.) Are the content and general angle of the piece in line with […]

NNA, NMA, others ask court to intervene to stop August 29 postage rate increase

By David Thompson | July 30, 2021

From the National Newspaper Association/News Media Alliance A coalition of organizations representing commercial and nonprofit users of the mail on Friday petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to issue a stay preventing the US Postal Service from increasing postal rates on August 29.  NNA appears as an intervenor with the News Media Alliance.The motion […]