Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Writer Alain du Botton on News, Media Literacy, and Whether Reporters Should Adjust Facts

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In the preface to The Mechanical Bride, media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s first book of popular culture analysis, the author writes that "A Descent Into the Maelstrom by Edgar Poe kept coming to mind. Poe’s sailor saved himself by studying the action of the whirlpool and by co-operating with it. The present book likewise makes few attempts to attack the very considerable currents and pressures set up around us today by the mechanical agencies of the press, radio, movies, and advertising. It does attempt to set the reader at the center of the revolving picture created by these affairs where he may observe the action that is in progress and in which everybody is involved. From the analysis of that action, it is hoped, many individual strategies may suggest themselves.”

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Local News
3:02 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Highlander Newspaper Is Closing

Another Louisville print publication is closing.

The Highlander, a free monthly paper available in neighborhoods in and around its namesake, will cease publication this week.

In a letter, editor and publisher Mary Jean Kirtley writes "we can no longer continue due to a lack of ad revenue and other resources. The January issue (now out) is our last."

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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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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

WFPL News Is Making A TV Show

We know you like listening to WFPL News. We know you like reading WFPL News. So how would you feel about watching it? You'll soon know.

Our video series, Up Front with Jonathan Bastian, premieres Wednesday, September 4th. As the name implies, the show will be hosted by Jonathan Bastian, WFPL's Morning Edition host.  It will feature a variety of guests and thought-provoking conversations.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

LEO Editor Sarah Kelley Resigns Amid Editorial Staff Cuts, Art Department Partially Relocating

Update: See below for details on further cuts at LEO.

Louisville Eccentric Observer Editor Sarah Kelley has chosen to leave the paper rather than cut one of her reporters.

"Several weeks ago I was presented with the need to cut an editorial staff position," Kelley says. "After thinking about it for several days I realized that's not something I want to do. So I volunteered to be the person who left."

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Local News
6:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Mandy Connell Leaving WHAS for Denver

WHAS radio talk show host Mandy Connell is leaving Louisville for Denver.

Connell began hosting her show on WHAS three years ago. Beginning next month, she'll be a host at a station in Denver owned by WHAS parent company Clear Channel.

On her show, Connell took calls from listeners and discussed various topics, usually related to politics.

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Local News
11:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

You Can't Fly and Not Hear Someone From Louisville (Seriously)

Los Angeles International Airport
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If you're a Louisvillian with deep roots and good ears, you probably recognize the man who tells you how to use the moving walkway at the airport. His name's Jack Fox. He was a DJ on WHAS for years.

And if you pay attention while traveling, you'll hear Fox and the airport's female voice, Carolyn Hopkins, in other airports. In 109 other airports, specifically. Also in the New York subway, the Mayo Clinic, various Capitol buildings and the Kennedy Space Center.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

After Two Years, Louisville's 'The Paper' Will Close in August

The Louisville Paper, a monthly print publication that first hit newsstands two years ago, is ending production this summer. The last issue will be its 24th. It will come out in August.

"Our decision to stop producing The Paper came down to resources—time and money. Although we were always able to pay our print bills and our contributors, we were never able to make The Paper much more sustainable than that," says editor and co-founder Stephanie Brothers.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Changing State of the News Media; Diane Rehm Joins WFPL News Panel Discussion

Louisville Public Media President Donovan Reynolds, Diane Rehm and WFPL's Gabe Bullard
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The American news media is beset by challenges—technology offering new ways to disseminate news, changes in how news organizations are funded and the rise of political talking heads.

And that's a very quick summary of the issues.

On Friday, WFPL convened a panel to discuss a national news media landscape in flux. 

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Local News
3:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

FCC Approves Sale of Four Louisville Radio Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of four Louisville radio stations.

Cox Media Group announced last year that it was seeking a buyer for Lite 106.9, Country Legends, New Country and WSFR the Eagle, along with stations in Hawaii, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut.


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