On Second Thought

Sen. Carroll really watered down his Open Records bill

But it’s just a ploy or part of the ‘shell’ game legislators play Hum along with Joe South’s greatest hit. Again. Remember Senate Bill 14? The one filed by Sen. Danny Carroll that would have...

It’s game time in the state Capitol so let’s sing Joe South’s greatest hit

It’s been 11 months since I invited you to join me in singing Joe South’s hit song, “Oh, the Games People Play.” Changed the words slightly to say “Oh the games the legislature plays now,...

2018 lobbying hits $23.1 million with 731 firms registered; both records

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time high of $23.1 million last year, blasting past the previous high of $20.8 million set the year before. The record...

Copyright change will benefit community newspapers with batch registrations

From the National Newspaper Association The United States Copyright Office has removed a barrier for community newspapers seeking copyright protection: it has eliminated a three-month window for registering copyrights on groups of newspapers.  After Monday,...

With high school tournaments just around the corner, add the Encyclopedia to your library

In need of all the facts and figures about Kentucky high school basketball? We’re in the 100th anniversary of roundball in our high schools so there’s a lot of history behind the sport. And there’s...

Sunshine Week 2019: March 10 – 16

March 10-16, 2019 Join ASNE and the Reporters Committee in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need...

Western Recorder joins with Kentucky Today; will become monthly publication

It’s an Associate Member Newspaper of KPA LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Western Recorder — Kentucky’s statewide Baptist newspaper for 190 years — will experience two significant changes in March that are designed to bolster its...

Change by Western Recorder just part of evolution, not extinction

By Chip Hutcheson, KPA Past President and Past President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention A Business Times story last March accurately was headlined “Newspaper industry faces evolution, not extinction.” That fact-based opinion is certainly mirrored...

Can advertisers run a ‘March Madness’ or ‘Final Four’ promotion in your newspaper?

The words “Final Four” and “March Madness” are among the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s list of registered trademarks. The unauthorized use of these and other words registered by the NCAA could lead to legal action....

Lean and mean: New NNA team is off and running

By Teri Saylor, Special to Publishers’ Auxiliary When Lynne Lance took over as the National Newspaper Association’s executive director on Jan. 1, publishers, editors and other members likely didn’t notice any change, except for the...

Bill in Congress would make online access to federal court records free

ATLANTA (CN) — House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would remove online paywalls and make federal court records free to the public. PACER, as the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system is...

Prove it with prototyping: How to test your ideas and focus your innovation

By James Gordon, Reynolds Journalism Institute Through prototyping, you and your teammates can get ideas out of your heads and into the hands of potential users. The sooner users get a hands-on experience, the more...

Hardware, software investments will pay off over time and increase efficiency

By Kevin Slimp There’s a question I get asked a lot by friends, colleagues and audience members at conferences. There are variations, but they all go something like, “How do you find time to do...

Your Executive Committee and KPA/KPS Board of Directors

We’re beginning a new year in KPA as we continue celebrating our 150th anniversary. Some of you haven’t seen the directory and might be wondering just who it is that’s running the association and Kentucky...

District 6 nomination process winding down

We’re in the mode of a Special Election in District 6 to fill the seat vacated when Joel Christopher left the Courier-Journal and took over the editorial helm at the Knoxville News Sentinel. The deadline...

Campbellsville offering online courses to KPA members at a discount

Looking for some college credit classes? Want to learn about digital and social media, digital reporting, visual journalism, marketing or public relations? Then Campbellsville University has a deal for you. It’s offering up to 43...

Have you considered VOIP? If not, it might be worth looking into

It was a pretty simple suggestion. During the Fall Board Retreat and presenting the draft of the KPA and KPS budgets to the board of directors, we got to the “Telephone” line item. It showed...

The Bourbon Boom

Doesn’t have anything to do with the newspaper industry as such, but I guess you’ve read the news about the booming bourbon industry in the Bluegrass. That reminds me of the sign in the bar...

AP Stylebook publishes new guide on sports gambling

Could be useful if Kentucky legislature legalizes sports wagering during 2019 session To help with spellings and usage in coverage of sports gambling, The Associated Press has compiled an editorial guide of essential terms and...

Ohio association honors Max Heath

Max Heath received the Willie Maxwell Award, named for the editor of the first newspaper in Ohio (1793, when it was still Northwest Territory), for service to the industry. Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the...