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Obituary: John O’Neal Jones, former editor of the Fulton Leader and Hickman Courier

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

Past President of the West Kentucky Press Association John O’Neal Jones, age 64, of Hendersonville, TN and formerly of South Fulton, TN died peacefully at home on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on October 31, 1956 in Fulton, KY. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Karen Taylor Jones, their two children, Melissa Neal Jones of Denver, […]

US Department of Labor clarifies independent contractor rules

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

(Editor’s Note: In the 2014 General Assembly, KPA had the state law changed to show that newspaper carriers are no longer employees of a newspaper and are considered independent contractors for purposes of unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. The action does not affect Kentucky’s law.) The Trump Administration Labor Department in its final days has issued new regulations for determining […]

Henry Clay Center begins monthly discussions on ‘The Craft of Compromise’

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

Beginning Jan. 21, The Henry Clay Center will host a series of monthly online discussions titled “The Craft of Compromise.” The virtual series will feature current issues related to our society. The first event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2-3 p.m. EST and will feature Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota and Majority Leader and Trent […]

Nominations open for Ancil Payne Award to celebrate Ethics in Journalism

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

Established more than 20 years ago by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne (1921–2004), the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism honors media organizations and journalists who report with integrity and character in the face of personal, political, or economic pressure. The $10,000 prize honors courageous reporting and difficult ethical decisions that make a difference in the community but are often invisible to readers, […]

Measuring progress on inclusivity

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

MELBA NEWSOME RJI FELLOWS CLASS OF 2020–2021 Tracking who actually shows up in the reporting is vital to the source diversity equation in journalism. Long before Linda Miller became an inclusive media consultant for RJI, she spent a decade creating the Public Insight Network for American Public Media, a platform of thousands of people who agreed to be sources for journalists and newsrooms. […]

12 ad design tips

By David Thompson | January 15, 2021

Want to get more eyes on your ads? Let’s take a quick look at some ad design tips: Keep things simple and uncluttered. The four basic elements of a print ad are (1) headline, (2) illustrative element, (3) body copy and (4) logo. When they are arranged in a way that is easy to follow – and when there are […]