The last time the Kentucky New Era made a big move, employees left their old offices at Seventh and Bethel streets and headed for new digs at the edge of town with a big wood-paneled newsroom and a typewriter at every reporter's desk. That was in the spring of 1971.
In several months, the newspaper will return downtown and set up offices on South Main at Eighth Street in the former J.C. Penney building. Staffers will bring different tools – slim laptops, digital cameras and smartphones – because nearly everything in the newspaper business has changed since the New Era last called downtown home nearly 50 years ago.
It turns out those changes mean that a modern newsroom can be a good fit for the heart of town again.
New Era Publisher Brandon Cox likes the idea of getting closer to the action.
"From an editorial perspective, we support what's going on in downtown Hopkinsville, and we think we should put our money where our mouth is," he said.
The paper will be directly across the street from city hall, he said, and that is a meaningful nod to journalism's traditional role as the watchdog of local government.
The move, expected by November, is part of the New Era's ongoing transition under new ownership.MORE
Brandon Cox is leaving his role as publisher of the Jackson County Sentinel for a post in his home state of Kentucky. Cox cited family reasons for the transition.MORE
The Kentucky New Era Group has sold its daily newspaper in Hopkinsville and four non-daily newspapers to Paducah-based Paxton Media Group.
Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Kentucky New Era Group in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.MORE
In return for offering something special to newspaper subscribers, the 150 businesses that are Press Pass sponsors with the Kentucky New Era receive advertising packages of varying levels. The packages range from a listing in promotional ads up to color ads in both the New Era and the newspaper serving Fort Campbell.MORE
During Week 2 of the Kentucky New Era's "Everybody Sells" promotion, players each received a t-shirt in their team color with “RU?” printed on the front in large print. This was designed to get everyone asking the question: R U What? (Are you a subscriber?)MORE
America's Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural annual meeting in Chicago.
Dean Ridings will be its chief executive officer, effective Nov. 11.
America's Newspapers unites two of the oldest press associations to form one of the industry's largest advocates for newspapers and the many benefits to their communities, civil life, freedom of expression and democracy.
"Newspaper journalism provides a voice for the voiceless, challenges elected officials, shines a light on government, calls for change when change is needed, and exposes corruption and injustice," said Chris Reen, the president and publisher of The Gazette in Colorado Springs who will serve as the first president of America's Newspapers.More
A new association formed by the consolidation of SNPA and the Inland Press Association was officially launched today. The name of the new association will be announced on Oct. 6 at the association's first annual meeting in Chicago.
Edward VanHorn, SNPA's executive director, said that the merger unites two of the country's oldest press associations into a progressive new organization that will use its bigger and more powerful voice to be an unapologetic advocate for newspapers.More