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National Newspaper Week 2020 — October 4 – 10

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

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Just 3 weeks away: Are you registered for the KPA contests yet?

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

      We’re down to three weeks to not just register for the KPA contests but to have your entries submitted. That’s for both the KPA Ad Contest and the KPA News Contest. The deadline is October 16 for having your entries uploaded. We’re at 31 newspapers registered, a far cry from the 75 to 80 that normally enter. […]

UK has virtual reception to introduce new School of Journalism and Media director Erika Engstrom

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information held a virtual reception Tuesday evening to welcome Dr. Erika Engstrom, the new director of the School of Journalism and Media. CCI Dean Dr. Jennifer Greer discussed the background of Dr. Engstrom and introduced members of the search committee before turning the screen and microphone over to Dr. Engstrom who gave […]

Journalism Hall of Fame celebration will be virtual and open to all, October 15

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

The induction ceremonies of the 2020 class for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame will take place, virtually, on Thursday, October 15. Everyone is invited. It will be 5 to 7 p.m./Eastern. The Zoom access invitation will be available shortly before the event. You can monitor the particulars, including the time, Zoom access and other information from the Hall of […]

In pandemic times, photos are run bigger because of social distancing

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

Gaye Bencini, publisher of the Hickman County Times, notes an observation the social distancing requirements have had on newspapers. What used to be two-column photos of check presentations are now three columns, because of the space between the individuals. Here’s her example of a check presentation being made.  

House of Representatives passes Fallen Journalists Memorial Act

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

From the National Newspaper Association Washington, D.C. ⁠— The Fallen Journalists Memorial (FJM) Foundation, News Media Alliance, National Newspaper Association and National Association of Broadcasters on Tuesday commended the U.S. House of Representatives on passing bipartisan legislation authorizing the FJM Foundation to establish a national memorial that honors the many reporters, editors, photographers and broadcasters who have lost their lives […]

Charlie Cook to deliver Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Oct. 13 at UK

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

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Relevance Project Releases ‘Revenue Resource 2020’

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

By Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, The Relevance Project The Newspaper Association Managers’ Relevance Project this week released the extensive Revenue Resource 2020 to assist newspapers in aiding businesses of all sorts during the problematic pandemic. “Our goal is to keep expanding this new resource,” said Steve Nixon, NAM president. “We appreciate our associations’ support of The Relevance Project and the […]

Courier-Journal to appeal judge’s ruling on releasing Breonna Taylor files

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

By Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Calling it a “close” case, Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett has ruled the Louisville Metro Police Department does not have to release its investigative file into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. At least for now. Because Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has not announced if his office will prosecute the […]

How to handle superlatives

By David Thompson | September 25, 2020

By John Foust, Raleigh, NC Newscaster Edward R. Murrow once said, “To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.” Although he was referring to the reporting of news, the same can be said of advertising. Claude Hopkins, in his book, Scientific Advertising, wrote, “Superlatives…suggest looseness of expression, […]