About David Thompson

‘What I learned from dying’

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Dave Taylor is news editor of the Hancock Clarion in Hawesville and is a member of the KPA Board of Directors   By Dave Taylor, Hancock Clarion, dave.hancockclarion@gmail.com Last Tuesday I found out that I have stage 4 gastric cancer that has spread to my liver. I think this means I’m dying. But being a journalist, I can’t pass up […]

Former publisher, editor of the Herald-Leader, Tim Kelly passes away at 73

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

On the KPA Facebook Page, we have a story about the passing of long-time Lexington Herald-Leader editor and then publisher, Tim Kelly. So many former employees and friends commented about Tim in the story we reprinted from the Herald-Leader that I can’t begin to add to those comments. But as you read what each said about Tim, I think you’ll […]

It’s National Paste-Up Day! Some have no idea what that’s all about

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Today is a special day for those of us who have been in the industry since before desktop publishing. Some newspaper folks today — you young ‘uns — may think newspaper layout and design has always been done on a software program installed on your computer. Desktop publishing is quite new actually. For the rest of us, we’ll think of […]

Nominations due by May 17 for Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

From the Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ, IRJCI The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his […]

Obituary: Tim Kelly, retired publisher and editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Visitation scheduled for Monday, May 10. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the YMCA of Central Kentucky or by supporting your local newspaper. Retired Lexington Herald-Leader publisher and editor Timothy M. (Tim) Kelly died Monday, May 3 in Lexington following a recent cancer diagnosis. He was 73. Kelly was born Nov. 28, 1947 in Ashland, Kentucky, the son […]

Broadband plan would be a win for democracy and J-schools to deliver news to underserved areas

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

“Individual schools of journalism, as well as state and national associations of schools of journalism, would be eligible to receive federal grants to establish and run nonprofit digital services to deliver local news to underserved rural areas.” Reprinted in On Second Thought with permission of The Fulcrum   By Tom Coleman, The Fulcrum The Missouri congressional district that I represented […]

Courier-Journal, ABC nominated for Peabody Award for coverage of Breonna Taylor

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

A Courier Journal and ABC News special report about the life and death of Breonna Taylor has been named a nominee for a prestigious Peabody Award. “Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor,” a two-hour joint investigation between ABC’s 20/20 and the Louisville newspaper, is one of 60 named nominees selected out of more than 1,300 entries. “This nomination is a tribute to […]

Nine ways newsrooms can incorporate more audio in their work

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Last week, we had an article that the media platform with the highest weekly reach in the United States is audio — https://members.kypress.com/articles/audio-outdistancing-smartphone-apps-and-tv-for-top-content-newspapers-encouraged-to-adopt/ And it ended with the suggestion that newspapers could incorporate “audio” into its strategy. This week, we have an article on nine ways you can incorporate audio in your work.  By Damian Radcliffe, Reynolds Journalism Institute Damian […]

Higher rates, slower service highlights USPS 10-Year plan

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

By Julia Shurman Julia Shurman is a 2nd year student at University of California, Davis studying English and Political Science. She is a public policy intern with News Media Alliance for Spring 2021. The U.S. Postal Service plays an integral part in serving the needs of citizens throughout the nation, delivering letters, newspapers, marketing pieces and packages to individuals and businesses […]

New Covering Climate Now journalism awards to honor exemplary journalism

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Covering Climate Now and Columbia Journalism Review are proud to launch an annual award to celebrate exemplary journalism about the defining story of our time. The Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards will honor journalists from every corner of the newsroom who are producing coverage in print, digital, audio, video, and multimedia formats that report on all dimensions of the climate story, especially […]