The Courier-Journal

Media Critic
7:00 am
Sun January 26, 2014

More Change Comes to Louisville's Courier-Journal

Credit James Miller

If you subscribe to the Courier-Journal—or if you regularly purchase the Sunday edition—perhaps you noticed the USA Today insert. (Or perhaps you noticed the paper’s employees tweeting about it the week before.) That’s Day 1 of a new era for Louisville’s only daily newspaper.

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9:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Media Critic | Changes (Lots of Them) Come to the Louisville Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal building on Sixth Street and Broadway
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

We can all think of companies that announced significant and unpopular changes to their signature products: Coca-Cola, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft, just to name a few. Sometimes the company sees the error of their ways (Coca-Cola) and backtracks; sometimes they push ahead anyway (Facebook), knowing that consumers don’t have much of a choice and will eventually get used to the changes.

Gannett and The Courier-Journal fall into the latter category.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Web Publishing Veteran Neil Budde is the New Courier-Journal Editor

Neil Budde

The Courier-Journal's new top editor is an Internet journalism veteran with Kentucky roots.

Neil Budde was introduced Thursday as the replacement for Bennie Ivory, the Louisville newspaper's executive editor since 1997. Ivory retired in July.

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7:05 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bennie Ivory's Departure From The Courier-Journal a Loss for Louisville

Bennie Ivory and David Hawpe in 2009.
Credit Keith Runyon

Sixteen years is a long time to survive as the editor of a major American newspaper. With the exception of David Hawpe and Mark Ethridge, in modern times, no person has lasted so long at any Louisville newspaper. That achievement has been one more of the many achievements that Bennie L. Ivory has recorded in a 40-year career as an American journalist. He stepped down last Friday as executive editor and vice president of The Courier-Journal, where we worked closely with him for most of those sixteen years.

Bennie was a product of the South, in his case Arkansas, and he was steeped in the culture, good and bad, of the region he knew best. As a boy growing up in a home where education and hard work were his parents’ compass, Bennie also was painfully aware of the scourge of Jim Crow, for 1950s Arkansas remained highly segregated. In the years in which I worked with him, he would only occasionally refer to that past, but he did when a current event seemed to spark a memory.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory is Retiring

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory's long tenure leading the paper's newsroom ends on Friday.

Ivory announced his retirement today.

The Courier-Journal reports: 

Ivory, a 62-year-old native of Hot Springs, Ark., said he plans to stay in Louisville in retirement but will spend more time with his granchildren and visiting Arkansas.

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Local News
8:09 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Courier-Journal's Owner is Buying WHAS-11's. What Might That Mean in Louisville?

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The Gannett Co. agreed on Thursday to purchase Belo Corp. for $1.5 billion—which is sure to affect the Louisville media landscape. 

Gannett owns The Courier-Journal. Belo owns WHAS-11.

It's a wild twist, because the Bingham family used to own both news outlets. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Media Critic | Are The Courier-Journal's Opinion Pages So Liberal?

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Conservative critics of The Courier-Journal, I have confirmed all of your suspicions: its editorial pages are quite liberal.

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Local News
11:10 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Courier-Journal Publisher Wesley Jackson on the Newspaper's Digital Present, Future

Wesley Jackson

Wesley Jackson has been publisher of The Courier-Journal for 13 months. 

In that time, several veteran newsroom staffers left with buyouts and the newspaper has launched a digital strategy paired with a move to paid subscriptions for a website that for years had been free.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

John David Dyche Quits Courier-Journal After Column is Rejected

John David Dyche

Conservative columnist John David Dyche will no longer write for The Courier-Journal after the newspaper rejected a piece he'd written that suggested reforms to the editorial page and that the paper disclose political affiliations of editors and reporters.

On Monday, Courier-Journal Editorial Director Pam Platt told Dyche that his most recently submitted column would not be published. Platt explained that piece didn't reflect what he was supposed to be writing—a conservative take on the issues of the day, according to Dyche's transcript of a voicemail left by Platt.

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9:50 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Noise and Notes: Thoughts & Opinions with The Courier-Journal's Debby Yetter

Courier-Journal editorial writer Debby Yetter

Louisville journalist Debby Yetter’s fingertips have bled ink as a reporter and now editorial columnist at The Courier-Journal for over three decades.

Yetter is a veteran reporter who has the federal courts, social services and a ferocious focus on state government. Even the newspaper's sharpest critics praised the company's decision when the Yetter's role shifted, and award-winning journalist was picked to help lead the C-J's editorial department.

She’s spent her life collecting thoughts and opinions, and has been eager to share her own in the opinion pages.

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