About David Thompson

New Covering Climate Now journalism awards to honor exemplary journalism

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

Covering Climate Now and Columbia Journalism Review are proud to launch an annual award to celebrate exemplary journalism about the defining story of our time. The Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards will honor journalists from every corner of the newsroom who are producing coverage in print, digital, audio, video, and multimedia formats that report on all dimensions of the climate story, especially […]

Give your advertising some personality

By David Thompson | May 07, 2021

By John Foust, Advertising Trainer John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information  john@johnfoust.com Kirk likes to work directly with his ad clients on their creative strategies. “Making a sale is just the first step […]

Campbellsville students will learn from a legend; Billy Reed to oversee internship programs

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

One will focus on sports and racism; the other on writing and careers Billy Reed is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Transylvania University Hall of Fame. He has been named Kentucky Sports Writer of the Year eight times and has won […]

Despite restrictions on lobbying, access, ‘short’ session spending was second highest in dollars

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

Kentucky lobbying spending came in second place for an odd-year session in 2021, garnering $7.19 million spent by lobbyists and employers. The highest spending for a “short” session came in April, 2019, as $7.55 million was spent on lobbying during that odd-year, 30-day session. 2017 and 2015’s totals both came in at $6.9 million. During the session, 749 businesses and […]

Woody and Chloe still get fan mail; this week from a teacher and from a great-grandparent

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

The pandemic pretty much shut down school operations across the state and without kids in school, we didn’t give a thought to having a Woody and Chloe series available for newspapers to publish. Perhaps when schools get back to a normal schedule, we’ll hear from Leigh Anne Florence about another Woody/Chloe chapter series. Proving newspapers are kept around, especially something […]

‘Audio’ outdistancing smartphone apps and TV for top content; newspapers encouraged to adopt

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

In 2021, the media platform with the highest weekly reach in the United States is audio. Data published last month by Nielsen revealed that radio — just one component of this medium — reaches 88% of U.S. adults each week, ahead of smartphone apps (85%) and TV (80%). And our national love of audio isn’t just confined to traditional radio consumption. The […]

Big stories of 2020 drive AP stylebook changes, additions in past year

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

By Kristen Hare, Poynter Last Friday, AP Stylebook Editor Paula Froke shared the latest updates to the Associated Press Stylebook, the grammar and usage guide used by newsrooms around the United States. Froke shared the updates and revisions in a virtual panel at the annual conference for ACES: The Society for Editing. This year’s updates include expanded entries on terms related […]

Congress can help level the field by adopting ‘Journalism Competition and Preservation Act’

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

An Open Letter from the News Alliance Association A free and diverse press is the backbone of a healthy and vibrant democracy, but local newspapers across the country are under incredible financial pressure and in jeopardy of going out of business. One of the largest problems facing local journalism is that control of access to trustworthy news online has become […]

Journalism Competition & Preservation Act needs support as bill’s mark-up nears

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

JCPA NEWSROOM REPORT – April 29, 2021 An update on the importance of local journalism, the threat posed by Google and Facebook, and how you can take action to support the JCPA WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project (IAP) Mike Davis penned an opinion piece for The Daily Caller, urging more Republicans to […]

Emergency Broadband Benefit application to open May 12

By David Thompson | April 30, 2021

Thursday morning, the Federal Communications Commission announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. In announcing the official launch date, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated:  “Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we […]