Joey Young is the owner of Kansas Publishing Ventures, a company that directs the publication of six weekly newspapers: The Clarion, Newton Now, Harvey County Independent, Hesston Record, McPherson News-Ledger and Hillsboro Free Press. His company also hosts a yearly concert in Newton: Blues, Brews, and BBQ; has a third-party IT service, and publishes books.
We purchased our first newspaper, The Clarion, in June 2012 at the age of 27 and I was then the youngest newspaper owner in the state.
After a complete redesign, The Clarion saw growth and took the first place editorial sweepstakes award in its division at the 2014 Kansas Press Association convention.
Recently, we took over controlling interest in Kansas Publishing Ventures from Joel Klaassen and merged that company with our own in April of 2014.
Kansas Publishing Ventures, along with the publications, offers full design services, websites and custom print products. The company also has a full book publishing division helping countless people and other newspapers publish books. We have added a Technology Services division (Translation Technology) and a promotional products division (Zen Print) as well.
The only traditional college education I received was at Hutchinson Community College, where I participated in the journalism program. I graduated and then went to work for Reeves Media at the Harvey County Independent. After a little over a year, I was transferred to The Clarion as the managing editor when Reeves Media purchased that newspaper. I spent two years there before taking a job at the Hutchinson News where I worked on the design desk. After another two years in Hutchinson, I missed the do-it-all world of weekly journalism and purchased The Clarion from Reeves.
In 2018 KPV purchased the rest of Reeves newspapers, The Hesston Record, Harvey County Independent, and The Ledger. They combined The Ledger with a push into McPherson and called the paper the McPherson News-Ledger.
Also in 2018, KPV brought on Tommy Hornbeck as a partner in the company and expanded into the third-party IT business. Translation Technology Services was born and currently serves KPV customers and other underserved IT businesses in Marion, Harvey, and McPherson counties.
In my personal life, I am married to Lindsey (Miller) Young, who helps with the business operations of the company and is the best copy editor in existence, and we have a dog named K.C. When were are not working, we enjoy cooking together, sports and a good craft beer or bourbon.
Along with being a Kansas Press Association board member (President in 2020 of all years), I am active in the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, Young Professionals of Reno County, several chambers of commerce, the K-96 Corridor Association, and I bowl in league once a week in Hutchinson with my high school friends.
I have spoken in several professional capacities including at the Kansas Press Association Annual Convention, Texas Center for Community Journalism, Kansas Collegiate Media Convention, Mid-America Newspaper Convention, KU Journalism School, and for several local groups in South Central Kansas who are a gluten for punishment. To book me for something hit me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, I was featured in Editor and Publisher’s 25 Under 35 in their April 2020 edition. https://www.editorandpublisher.com/feature/25-under-35-meet-the-rising-stars-in-todays-news-industry/
Finally, a few links below go to two talks Lindsey did for Talk20Hutch (we are both from Reno County). Lindsey is a former public speaking teacher and competed at nationals in Forensics and Debate in college all four years. She loves speaking, so this was a good outlet for her back in our hometown. The first one is right after we purchased The Clarion and started the now-defunct Maize Free Press (the story is here). The next one is an update six years later. It is a good summary of why we do what we do.