About David Thompson

Taylor, Scogin join KPA Board following Special Elections

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

Keith Taylor and James Scogin have been elected to fill unexpired terms on the KPA Board of Directors. Keith won the seat unopposed in District 14 and his term runs through January 2022. District 14 includes Boyle, Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell counties. James won the District 13 Board seat in a closely contested election with Ben […]

Survey time ends today on ‘Future Conventions’

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

No, it’s not whether we’re having future conventions or not. We are. But it’s where and how long and programming and how the contests will be presented and can KPA solicit sponsors or not. At the April meeting, KPA President Jay Nolan appointed a “Future Conventions Committee” and named Carrie Dillard with the Paducah Sun to head it up. Members […]

You can now search the full text of 3 million nonprofit tax records for free

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

By Ken Schwencke, ProPublica On Thursday, we launched a new feature for our Nonprofit Explorer database: The ability to search the full text of nearly 3 million electronically filed nonprofit tax filings sent to the IRS since 2011. Nonprofit Explorer already lets researchers, reporters and the general public search for tax information from more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in […]

Paxton Media Group expands footprint with purchase of Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana papers

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

Paxton Media Group has purchased the Lebanon Democrat, a daily newspaper in Lebanon, TN, along with weekly newspapers in Mt. Juliet and Hartsville, TN. Paxton Media is a family-­owned company headquartered in Paducah. The announcement came just a few weeks after Paxton purchased The Rochester Sentinel in Indiana from owner and publisher Sarah O. Wilson, according to John Thomas Cribb of merger and acquisitions firm Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Wilson family in the sale. The sale was effective May 1. The company publishes daily and weekly newspapers in more than […]

NNA supports non-profit newspaper legislation

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

From the National Newspaper Association National Newspaper Association last week applauded introduction of legislation that would make it easier for publishers to convert their newspapers to non-profit status if they choose. The bill, the Saving Local Newspapers Act, by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., would clarify that publishing can be an acceptable purpose under non-profit tax rules.  It would also allow […]

Minn. publisher says weekly closed partly because of community apathy

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Does the reportedly mixed reaction to the death of a small weekly newspaper on the Lake of the Woods show we have entered “the golden age of ignorance,” as Minnesota Public Radio blogger Bob Collins declared? Perhaps, if newspapers can’t convince communities that they are an essential civic asset. Collins’ […]

John Jay College offering fellowships for second ‘Cash Register Justice’

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

If you cover criminal justice, you know that the U.S. incarcerates more individuals per capita than any other nation. But did you know that a large percentage of the incarcerated are behind bars because they are unable to pay bail, or to come up with accumulated fees and fines associated with both felony and non-felony convictions? The problem of “Cash Register […]

Things designers don’t want to hear

By David Thompson | June 14, 2019

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting AS OF JUNE 1, I’ve spent 30 years as a newspaper consultant. That’s a long time. I’ll be retiring at the end of this year…perhaps sooner. It’s time for me to turn my attention more toward Julia and my family…and the pursuits that bring me joy.  Over for the next few months, I’m offering some of […]

KPA Contest changes include establishing the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award

By David Thompson | June 07, 2019

Category will be sponsored by the AP to honor the Father of Open Meetings/Open Records in Kentucky A few weeks ago, there was mention of a couple of changes being considered for the KPA News Contest. Those caught the eye of Adam Yeomans with the Associated Press and led to the AP becoming involved. With no statewide AP contest for […]

James Scogin, News-Graphic win two Communicator Awards in worldwide competition

By David Thompson | June 07, 2019

For documentary on ‘Leader of the Pack’ about Scott County basketball coach Billy Hicks From Georgetown News-Graphic staff reports   James Scogin and the Georgetown News-Graphic won two Communicator Awards for a documentary of former Scott County High School coach Billy Hicks. The awards are part of the 25th Annual Communicator Awards and are presented by the Academy of Interactive […]