The Courier-Journal

Commentary
4:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Media Critic: In Wake of Reporter's Departure, The Courier-Journal Should Communicate More

Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Education reporter Toni Konz’s decision  to leave The Courier-Journal and join WDRB is a terrible but predictable blow to the local daily newspaper.

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Media Critic
6:43 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Q&A: Louisville Courier-Journal Editor Neil Budde Discusses High-Profile Newsroom Layoffs

Neil Budde at work in The Courier-Journal newsroom.
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Last week, The Courier-Journal laid off its managing editor, metro editor and other prominent newsroom managers, shocking the newspaper's reporters and others in Louisville.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Courier-Journal Lays Off Seven Staffers, Including Managing Editor

The Courier-Journal building on Sixth Street and Broadway.
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The Courier-Journal has cut seven positions in what executives are calling a “restructuring” in its newsroom.

Director of Marketing Nancy Jo Trafton declined to say which positions were eliminated, but she said no reporters were affected. Trafton said some newsroom positions will be created as part of the restructuring.

Longtime Metro Editor Mike Trautmann confirmed on Twitter that his position was among those eliminated:

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Commentary
6:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The First Woman Senior Editor at a Major Newspaper Worked in Louisville. It Didn't End Well, Either.

Carol Sutton among Time's 1975 "Women of the Year."
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When the bulletin crossed my cellphone Wednesday evening announcing that Jill Abramson, the first woman to be executive editor of The New York Times, had been fired, I couldn’t help thinking of another editor at another newspaper, one from here in Louisville.

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Media Critic
7:00 am
Sun January 26, 2014

More Change Comes to Louisville's Courier-Journal

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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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Commentary
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
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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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Commentary
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?

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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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