About David Thompson

Internship deadline would have been today but program has been suspended until 2022

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

With a change made 18 months ago in the KPA internship program, today would have been the normal deadline for students to submit applications for the summer 2021 program. The KPA Board moved the deadline from the end of January to the last Friday in February. That action came at the 2019 KPA Fall Board Retreat. But with the pandemic […]

Readying for James Madison Day, State Education Commissioner inviting interviews

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

We’re just three weeks from celebrating James Madison’s birthday. Madison, of course, the fourth president of the U.S., is recognized as the Father of the Constitution. His birthday is March 16. State Education Commissioner Jason Glass, himself a native Kentuckian, stands behind the U.S. Constitution and has experience talking about it. He has offered to be interviewed by any Kentucky […]

Obituary: Duanne Puckett, former editor of the Shelbyville Sentinel-News

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

Duanne Bondurant Puckett, 70 passed away on February 21.  She was a native of Shelbyville, the third daughter of Jesse and Ella Puckett, who preceded her in death. Duanne “married” a wheelchair in 1967, following an auto accident on February 25th when a drunk driver didn’t stop at the traffic light and rear-ended the Volkswagen in which she was a […]

Relevance Project touts KPA report from pandemic. Up next?

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

David: I thought KPA’s COVID report on KY newspapers was outstanding. Such a smart move that I thought your NAM colleagues should follow you. Take a bow, TAS   For the sake of our future, the best read right now is how local newspapers are coming through for their communities. Special reports about the vital storytellers and testimonials about advertising/marketing […]

Madisonville, Dawson Springs combine into one Thursday edition

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

From the Madisonville Messenger   Beginning with yesterday’s edition of the paper, The Messenger and The Dawson Springs Progress will be a combined issue on Thursdays of each week. The move will provide more countywide news to the readers in both Madisonville and Dawson Springs for this combined publication. In addition, the Thursday publication will have more pages and more […]

Irby-Jones named ‘top editor’ at Courier-Journal

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

Mary Irby-Jones, a veteran journalist who stresses community outreach, was named the top editor of The Courier Journal on Tuesday. She said it will be an “honor” to become executive editor of the news organization, which has earned 11 Pulitzer Prizes, including one for breaking news in 2020. “The Courier Journal has a long, well-deserved reputation of producing compelling and […]

Finding sources for a story isn’t a problem but getting them to talk could be an obstacle

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Melba Newsome, an independent journalist from North Carolina, is tackling that project during her fellowship. She said one of the biggest surprises she’s found in her project wasn’t in finding the sources, but in getting them to agree to be interviewed for stories. She learned that source participation can be a challenge. Particularly because these three […]

Berkshire, Cox, Parks honored as 2020 Journalists of the Year; first in KPA’s 152 years so honored

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

                  Congratulations are in order for: • Erin Cox, editor, The Corbin Times Tribune • Natalie Parks, The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky • Forrest Berkshire, editor, The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown Erin, Natalie and Forrest are the first Journalists of the Year named by KPA in its 2020 KPA News Contest. The […]

Veno, Parks, Craig honored with Jon Fleischaker FOI Award presented by The Associated Press

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

                  Chanda Veno, editor of the State Journal, Frankfort; Natalie Parks, a member of the Kentucky Kernel staff at the University of Kentucky; and Ryan Craig, publisher/editor of the Todd County Standard in Elkton, have been named winners of the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award, presented by the Associated Press. This […]

In a time of trial, especially for them, Kentucky newspapers come through for their readers

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

This report has been made available twice to all Kentucky newspapers in word format and with artwork. A project idea from 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe, the Executive Committee is asking all Kentucky newspapers to publish this report. By Al Cross Director and professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky In December, as the first coronavirus […]