Ken Blum is a national representative for Grimes, McGovern & Associates, handling community newspaper assignments across the country. Ken is well-known in the community newspaper industry as a columnist, speaker and advisor to hometown papers, small and large.
For 30 years, he was the editor and manager of a group of newspapers, shoppers and specialty publications operated by Dix Newspapers in Ohio. In 1997, he launched Butterfly Publications, his own publishing, speaking and advising firm related to the community newspaper industry.
Ken has written two monthly columns for Publishers’ Auxiliary, the official publication of the National Newspaper Association, including Editor’s Notebook and Black Ink, a column that covers all aspects of running a community newspaper that has appeared since 1982. In all, he has written more than 600 columns and newsletters featuring nuts and bolts advice about all areas of the operation of hometown newspapers and specialty publications. Numerous state associations run his columns in their newsletters.
Ken’s book – Black Ink/The Book – was released in late 1998 and became a best-seller in the community newspaper industry. His e-mail newsletter, Black Ink/The Newsletter, goes to more than 3,000 newspapers.
Ken served two terms as president of the Buckeye Press Association and is a recipient of the Ohio Newspaper Association’s highest honor; The President’s Award. He is a past state chairman of the National Newspaper Association and has served on the contest, membership and Publishers’ Auxiliary committees of NNA. Over the years he has been the recipient of dozens of personal state and national awards for his feature stories, columns, editorials and photographs.
Ken has been a guest lecturer at The American Press Institute in Reston, Virginia and speaks at state press association meetings and seminars across the country each year. He also has done work for The United States Information Agency to mentor independent publishers in the former Soviet Union.
As a newspaper advisor and speaker at press meetings, Ken has visited all 50 states, and all but two states at least twice each.