What is Hoptown Chronicle?

This is an independent, nonprofit news outlet that explores what’s working, what’s not and what’s next in Hopkinsville’s downtown district, where there are new signs of life and purpose following decades of decline from its heyday as the town’s business and cultural center.

What about beyond downtown?

Readers will also find reports on local government and business, features on interesting people and stories about our shared history — plus advocacy for good journalism, Kentucky’s sunshine laws and government transparency.

Who works at Hoptown Chronicle?

Jennifer P. Brown reports and writes for Hoptown Chronicle with a lifelong appreciation for the town’s stories and the best traditions of community journalism. At some point, we hope to hire freelancers to contribute more local stories, but for now, Jennifer writes all of the local stories for Hoptown Chronicle.

Didn’t Jennifer work at the newspaper?

Yes, for 30 years, including several years as the Kentucky New Era’s editor and then opinion editor. She still roots for the newspaper’s success, subscribes to the New Era and encourages others to subscribe as well. Jennifer is an advocate for good journalism that serves small communities. She co-chairs the national advisory board to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. She’s also the co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition.

Isn’t the town’s proper name Hopkinsville?

Yes, it is. But few towns have a nickname that sticks like ours, so Hoptown is part of our official name to convey that this little news operation is deeply tied to the community.

How is Hoptown Chronicle different from other local news media?

If you live in Hopkinsville, used to live here and maybe miss it, or just want to know more about the community, then Hoptown Chronicle has some stories that you won’t find anywhere else. When others zig, Hoptown Chronicle will try to zag and report what’s been overlooked or misunderstood. Jennifer’s institutional knowledge of the town and her interest in local and state history inform many of the stories you’ll read here.

Why does the community need Hoptown Chronicle?

As a nonprofit news site, Hoptown Chronicle’s No. 1 goal is to see the community thrive socially, culturally and economically. Our focus is public service journalism that helps build up community through knowledge, connection and meaning.

Is there a charge to read Hoptown Chronicle?

This is a free site for readers. But we do have expenses. If you want to support community journalism in Hopkinsville, you can help with a contribution.

Can I advertise on Hoptown Chronicle or make a contribution?

Yes. If you like what you see and you want it to continue, consider advertising your business or organization on Hoptown Chronicle. Contact Jennifer P. Brown at editor@hoptownchronicle.org for rates and more information. Or go to the Support Us page to learn how individuals can make contributions.

Does Hoptown Chronicle take story tips?

Of course. Send your ideas to editor@hoptownchronicle.org.

What about social media?

Hoptown Chronicle is on Facebook. In fact, this news publication originated on Facebook and attracted an enthusiastic following under the name Hoptown Central. Shortly before launching the website, we changed the name to Hoptown Chronicle to make clear that we are a news operation.