About David Thompson

On heels of Kernel decision, WKU to release sexual misconduct records to College Heights Herald

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

By Laurel Deppen, editor-in-chief, College Heights Herald WKU (Western Kentucky University) will release sexual misconduct records within the next 30 days that were the subject of a years-long lawsuit against the Herald. Following a Kentucky Supreme Court decision in a similar case involving the University of Kentucky and its student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, WKU decided to release the records. […]

Tricia Kelley joins KPA Board in KIPA Chair role; Board to meet in-person April 16 in Elizabethtown

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

Tricia Kelley, advisor to the Eastern Progress at Eastern Kentucky University, has joined the KPA Board of Directors and will begin her term immediately. She replaces Stephanie Anderson, advisor to the Murray State News who has resigned from the position but will continue teaching journalism at MSU. Three years ago, KPA took oversight of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association and […]

Northeast Kansas City newspaper publishes blank front page as message in trying times

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

The Kansas City Northeast News made a statement on the front page of Wednesday’s edition. They left it blank, deliberately so. The newspaper, like so many news outlets, has lost money during the pandemic as loyal local advertisers like grocery stores couldn’t afford ads. The 89-year-old newspaper is free.

Relevance Project celebrates Women’s History Month with tribute to NAM female members

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

By Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, Newspaper Association Managers Relevance Project The Relevance Project celebrates the women who lead newspaper and press associations in North America. What better time to pause and recognize this inspiring group of newspaper advocates than during Women’s History Month. For this Relevant Point, we asked executive directors of the Newspaper Association Managers the following question to […]

Mark your calendars for these April NNAF events

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

Digital Marketplace:  GNI News Consumer Insights Webinar Training Thursday, April 8 at 12 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. CT/ 10 a.m. MT/ 9 a.m. PT Recently, Google has launched an updated version of News Consumer Insights (NCI), which provides key insights and actionable recommendations based on your Google Analytics data to help grow reader engagement and reader revenue. You can select […]

Peter Wagner: Papers can’t depend on retail advertisers to survive

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

Publishers looking to reboot their markets following the pandemic need to recognize the retail sector is no longer their best revenue source. The recent demise of one Minnesota newspaper, the Warroad Pioneer, is well documented in the April issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. I have personal knowledge of the Pioneer story because I spent two days working with Warroad Pioneer […]

RJI Fellow identifies 10 steps to making newsroom reporting more inclusive

By David Thompson | April 02, 2021

By Melba Newsome, RJI Fellow Despite decades of making a case for more inclusion and representation in journalism, most newsrooms are still not an accurate mirror of the society they seek to capture and inform. Progress is slow and women and people of color are still underrepresented in mainstream media stories, which automatically leads to a lack of trust among […]

Ashland Beacon creates its own video on KPA contest results

By David Thompson | March 26, 2021

The Greater Ashland Beacon created its own video on the 2020 KPA News Contest, touting the individual awards the Beacon garnered. https://www.facebook.com/GABeacon/videos/189509746274753

Kentucky Supreme Court rules in favor of Kernel in lawsuit against UK

By David Thompson | March 26, 2021

Here is a pdf copy of the entire 35 page Supreme Court ruling: UK vs. Kernel Full opinion Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. listens to UK’s lawyer during oral arguments heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court in UK’s lawsuit against the Kernel on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at the Kentucky Supreme Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb, […]

Al Smith’s journalism was one of good faith, now often missing

By David Thompson | March 26, 2021

By Al Cross Al Cross was assistant managing editor of The Logan Leader and the News-Democrat in Russellville, and editor of The Leitchfield Gazette and the Grayson County News-Gazette, from 1975 to 1978. After 26 years at The Courier-Journal, he became director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky in 2004. He is […]