Posted tagged ‘Kansas City Star’

Star exposes human trafficking

July 6, 2010

Kansas City Star reporter Mike McGraw was among the panelists at a U.N. discussion June 16 on the media’s role in exposing human trafficking.
Reporters, filmmakers, public officials and social service providers participated on the panel sponsored by the Schuster Institute, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, and the U.S. mission to the U.N.
McGraw was among a team of journalists that last year published an awardwinning, five-part series on human trafficking. The Star found that the U.S. government was failing to find and help thousands of human trafficking victims.
Former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr moderated the panel.


McClatchy reports profit after slashing expenses

May 14, 2010

(McClatchy Newspapers) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The McClatchy Co., which owns The Kansas City Star, Belton Star Herald and Cass County Democrat Missourian, reported a first-quarter profit at the end of April and said its advertising slump is easing.
The newspaper conglomerate recorded a net loss from continuing operations, but that included one-time charges related to a major refinance of its loans. Without those charges, McClatchy earned $4.8 million from continuing operations compared
to a loss of $22.9 million a year earlier.
McClatchy said advertising revenue fell 11.2 percent from a year earlier, and total revenue was down 8.2 percent to $335.6 million. Executives with the Sacramento newspaper chain called that a marked improvement from last year, when ad revenue was plunging as much as 30 percent. As recently as last fall, ad sales were off 20 percent.
McClatchy made major cuts in staffing and other expenses, cutting cash expenses $69 million — 21% — in the first quarter, not counting severance costs.
Other newspaper chains are reporting similar results: higher profits and an easing of the revenue decline.


November 9, 2009

The Kansas City Star has notified registered users of its Web site that effective 9/4/09 it has implemented new “Terms of Service” that will include a subscription or surcharge for certain on-line content.
The McClatchy-owned paper has been forced to dramatically reduce its staffing levels, seen its circulation drop and has tried all kinds of methods to generate additional revenue, including dramatically increasing the cost of the paper (Star Sunday paper went from $1.25 to $2.00).
As an example, former KC Star subscribers are now being offered a new subscription package that runs from Wednesday through Sunday (not daily as is the traditional model) for $1.25 per week (plus an E-subscription on the paper’s Web site).
Most recently the paper announced it was more than doubling the cost of its Thanksgiving Day newspaper to subscribers.

Tucker named AP Staffer of the Year

January 6, 2009

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Doug Tucker, the longtime Associated Press sports writer based in Kansas City, was named the news cooperative’s Fred Moen Kansas-Missouri Staffer of the Year on Dec. 8.
Tucker, 62, joined the AP as a newsman in Oklahoma City in 1969. He has covered news and sports in the Kansas City area since the early 1970s, eventually settling in as AP’s lead sports writer covering the array of college and professional teams making news in the region.
Tucker has been a fixture at press boxes from Kansas State and Kansas to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City. His byline has topped most of the area’s biggest sports stories of the past year, including Kansas’ run to the NCAA basketball championship.
The award was established by The Kansas City Star in honor of the late Fred Moen, AP’s Kansas City bureau chief from 1971-1984.

Nelson joins News-Press to run Kansas papers

January 5, 2009

News-Press & Gazette Inc. General Manager Lee Sawyer has named Sandy Nelson as the new publisher for its Miami County Newspapers group in Kansas, including The Miami County Republic, Louisburg Herald
and Osawatomie Graphic.
Nelson joined NPG from The Kansas City Star, where she served as group publisher overseeing the Harrisonville, Belton, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs newspapers, the Lenexa Centennial, the Hometown Journal (Gardner and Spring Hill) and the Olathe News.
Nelson was employed by the Kansas City Star for 10 years, eight years as a publisher. She began her newspaper career in advertising sales.
This is a second career for Nelson, who married young and operated a construction company from her home for about 15 years. When her husband passed away, she was left to raise her two children alone, so she sold the construction company and followed her sister into advertising sales.
Nelson has since remarried, raised her children to adulthood and now enjoys being a grandmother.
Nelson said she has strong convictions about the role that community newspapers should play in their readership areas, providing up-to-date reports on local and area happenings, notice of upcoming events and news about how state, national and worldwide events can affect people on a community level.
Nelson began work Nov. 19 in her office in Paola.
She was elected in September to be first vice president of the Missouri Press Association in 2009. She was second vice president in 2008.

Judge throws out new law setting state record fees

November 18, 2008


JEFFERSON CITY | A Cole County judge has thrown out an attempt by the state legislature to mandate fees for access to motor-vehicle records.

The ruling voids a hastily written law passed last spring, on the grounds that it violated constitutional requirements that a bill have a single subject that is clearly explained in its title.

The bill to which lawmakers added the language related solely to property-tax issues.

At issue is a planned technological upgrade for databases containing motor-vehicle and driver records kept by the state Department of Revenue.

The department recently entered into an agreement with BearingPoint Inc., a technology consulting firm, to upgrade its database systems. To finance the project, the department and the company agreed to charge $7 for each record accessed through the new system, with no discount for bulk purchases.

That upset auto insurers and other companies that purchase records on a regular basis to update insurance rates and track vehicle histories, among other purposes. The companies were accustomed to buying records in bulk for less than a penny per record, and said the change would put them out of business in Missouri.

Responding to the businesses’ concerns, lawmakers in the final week of the legislative session amended an existing property-tax bill to restrict bulk record prices to half a cent per record.

BearingPoint sued in July to have the law overturned.

“What we were trying to do was make sure the Department of Revenue had the flexibility to calculate the true cost of creating a record, and not be bound by what the legislature said it should be,” said Chuck Hatfield, a Jefferson City attorney representing BearingPoint.

Even with Monday’s ruling, however, the department cannot charge the $7 per record as planned.

In June, another Cole County judge ruled that the $7 fee violated the state’s Sunshine Law, which prohibits the state from charging anymore for a record than the copy costs and staff time required to produce it.

Obit – Selwyn Pepper

October 7, 2008

Selwyn Pepper, 93, who wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for many years, died Sept. 4, 2008. He became a part-time reporter for the Post-Dispatch at the age of 16.
Mr. Pepper edited his high school newspaper and then the student newspaper at Washington University, where he earned a political science degree in 1935. He then went to work for the Post-Dispatch.
During his 50-year career, he was city editor, features editor, news editor and readers’ advocate. As a reporter and rewrite man he contributed to three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects.
Mr. Pepper’s daughter, Miriam, is the editorial page editor of The Kansas City Star.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Naomi. Survivors are another daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.