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Public Notice legislation amended, passes committee unanimously with several stating support for local community newspapers

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

(Editor’s Note: To view the House Local Government proceedings from Wednesday, February 12, click on the link at the bottom of this article. To view only the portion dealing with Public Notice advertising, scroll the time bar to 29:30. That portion is about 30 minutes.)   House Bill 195, the legislation as introduced that would have taken most every public […]

‘Gruesome’ deleted from HB 174 and it passes the House committee but with opposition

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

House Bill 174, the one some have referred to as that “Gruesome Photo” legislation, was before the House State Government Committee on Thursday. I refer to last week’s On Second Thought for this background: What is a ‘gruesome’ photo? It’s not defined in the legislation known as House bill 174 and your feeling about a gruesome photo could well be […]

Newsrooms are rethinking their use of mugshots in crime reporting

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

Editor’s Note: Because of discussions during the House State Government Committee meeting on Thursday, about the use of photos of death, rape, sexual abuse (see the segment on House Bill 174), I may not have otherwise included this article so quickly. However, several legislators expressed opposition to the media using jail mugshots “when an individual is just arrested and has […]

Charles Myrick joining KPA Board as State At-Large member

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

When State At-Large Board member Dave Taylor was elected to fill out the District 3 term, it created a vacancy for a State At-Large spot. It has been the goal of 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe to fill his State At-Large positions with members comfortable in digital/electronic areas to help KPA and its member newspapers push forward in those areas. […]

NFOIC’s latest white paper examines open records laws enforcement; Kentucky is included

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

The National Freedom of Information Coalition has published its latest white paper, “Blueprint to Transparency: Non-compliance and Lack of Enforcement of Open Records Laws in Select U.S. States.” The paper looks at the varying enforcement mechanisms by state governments, including criminal penalties, civil penalties and attorney fee-shifting. NFOIC’s research reveals that oftentimes not much happens when government officials and agencies violate […]

Here’s the Case Study on Kentucky’s Open Records Law

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

Case Study: Kentucky’s Open Government Enforcement An NFOIC review of decisions by the Kentucky Attorney General for two years (2016 and 2017) reveals a high prevalence of noncompliance by state government: 49 percent of 2016 open records decisions exhibited a violation of the records act, while 48 percent of 2017 open records decisions did. Amye Bensenhaver, co-founder of the Kentucky […]

Hall of Fame luncheon scheduled for March 31 in new UK Student Center

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

Just reminder that if you haven’t reserved your seats for the 2020 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame induction luncheon, to do so as soon possible. Here’s a repeat from last week’s On Second Thought with information about the Hall of Fame recipients for 2020 and making reservations for the luncheon. Just click on the celebration announcement below. Ten to be […]

McClatchy files for bankruptcy

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

By Kevin G. Hall, khall@mcclatchydc.com McClatchy Co. filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America’s second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism. The Chapter 11 filing will allow McClatchy to restructure its debts and, it hopes, shed much of its pension obligations. Under a plan outlined in […]

New Era’s 150th anniversary and relocation featured in Editor & Publisher

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

Editor & Publisher recently featured the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville for celebration its 150th anniversary and relocating the offices to the downtown area. Click on the headline below to read the E&P story Kentucky New Era Celebrates 150 Years, New Office and New Editor

Rejection of massive postage increase; it is time to call on Congress to fix the postal service with public funding

By David Thompson | February 14, 2020

By Tonda Rush, National Newspaper Association The National Newspaper Association has urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to abandon its proposal for postage increases for small newspapers that could add nearly 50% to distribution costs over the next five years. Instead, NNA said, the PRC should decline to put the entire burden on fixing the U.S. Postal Service on mailers and […]