News & Announcements

June 2014

Kansan first allied journalist wounded on D-Day

June 6, 2014

By Dave Bergmeier
The architect of the most extraordinary invasion -- D-Day -- was Five Star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man from humble beginnings in Abilene, Kan., and it carried another significant historical thread.

Among the relationships he later nurtured with a young journalist, Henry P. "Hank" Jameson, who spent about 12 years with The Associated Press. Jameson was the first Allied correspondent to be wounded in the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. He had worked for the AP in Kansas City, Jefferson City, Mo., St. Louis, Chicago, New  York, Washington and overseas as a World War II correspondent.

Abernathy: Community newspapers have a future

June 4, 2014

A new book may help community newspapers turn the corner.

Penelope Muse Abernathy, author of "Saving Community Journalism," released April 29, keeps her finger on the pulse of community newspapers as they face challenges in the digital a

May 2014

Judge sets hearing to unseal documents in Parsons

May 22, 2014

A southeast Kansas judge has set a hearing for 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 on a motion to intervene to unseal documents in a Parsons quadruple murder case.

Judge Robert J. Fleming will conduct the yearing at Labette County Judicial Center, 201 S. Central, in Parsons.

Max Kautsch, an attorney representing the Parsons Sun, Montgomery County Chronicle and KOAM-TV in Pittsburg filed the motion May 19 in the murder case against David Cornell Bennett, Jr. Bennett is charged in the Nov. 25, 2013, murders of a Parsons mother and her three children, ages 9, 6 and 4.

Ernie Pyle D-Day columns available on 70th anniversary

May 21, 2014

Kansas Press Association member newspapers can mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in northern France with columns written by legendary reporter Ernie Pyle.

Are you taking full advantage of your sampling rights?

May 16, 2014

The value of sending sample copies to nonsubscribers/nonrequesters using your 10 percent in-county “sampling” entitlement is too-often overlooked as a growth tactic for both circulation and advertising. The nonsubscriber rules in the Domestic Mail Manual are there to allow you to promote your newspaper to nonsubscribers and increase your mail delivery.

Governor signs probable cause affidavits bill

May 14, 2014

After years of struggle and stonewalling by prosecutors and law enforcement, the days of Kansas as an “outlier” on police records is about to become a thing of the past.

Writer points out traps to avoid

May 14, 2014

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, who and whom. I rarely use whom when I should. Even when spell check suggests whom, I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it.

April 2014

Digital numbers trend wrong way for newspapers

April 28, 2014

At a few smart legacy news companies, there’s digital advertising growth and smart strategy. But most newspaper companies are finding the important numbers are still headed in the wrong direction.

As we approach the middle of the 2010s, where do newspapers fit in the battle for America’s largest ad sector — digital? And how well are all those paywalls doing?

Brown resigns as Sunshine Coalition executive director

April 26, 2014

Randy Brown, a career journalist and, most recently, a Wichita State University journalism instructor, has resigned his position as executive director of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, citing health reasons.

Are you in compliance with the 75 percent rule?

April 26, 2014

There’s been an uptick in recent years of newspapers found in violation of the 75 percent advertising rule, which prohibits periodicals from running more than 75 percent advertising percentage in more than half the issues in a 12-month period.