On Second Thought

LDF Committee awards $63,685 for reimbursements in 11 qualifying legal cases

The KPA Legal Defense Fund Committee, composed of five KPA Past Presidents and general counsels Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate, met during the Winter Convention with a record 12 applications for reimbursement. The committee voted...

April 15 is deadline for Tom/Pat Gish award for courage, tenacity, integrity in rural journalism

Nominations for the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism are being accepted through April 15. To nominate a candidate, send a detailed letter explaining how the nominee shows the...

14 have confirmed interns for 2019 program

Fourteen of the 15 internships for the summer of 2019 have been confirmed and the final slot may be finalized by the end of the day. The program is operated by the KPA Past Presidents,...

LG&E/KU finalist for Department of Defense’s highest employer award

KPA Associates Division member, LG&E /KU Energy, LLC has been named a finalist for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense (DoD) to employers for their exceptional...

Perfect timing on News-Graphic’s ‘Leader of the Pack’ movie

A little over a month ago, the Georgetown News Graphic premiered a movie, ‘Leader of the Pack,’ about Scott County High basketball coach Billy Hicks. The movie was brainchild of, produced and directed by James...

May 1 is deadline for Al Smith Award from SPJ/IRJCI

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a...

Bluegrass SPJ offering $1,000 scholarship; memorializes Carl West

The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has created an opportunity for students to pursue career goals in journalism by awarding at least one $1,000 annual scholarship. This year’s scholarship will be...

And then there was one

The final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly will be Thursday, March 28. The final day is recognized as a “veto override” day but with some legislation still in play and so far no...

Visual impact equals high readership and that begins with the front page

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting Do you want grab the attention of your readers with your very first page? Of course you do! With every issue, you want your front page to have high readership....

Have you noticed that all the really successful online retailers offer free delivery?

By Peter Wagner, Creative House Print Media Consultants Amazon sets the bar high with Amazon Prime two-day delivery of everything from A to Z. Their product inventory includes everything from a difficult-to-find book to necessary...

Count ’em: One day left in 2019 Kentucky General Assembly; Al Cross commentary on 2019 session

  We’re down to the final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly but that’s about two weeks away. The legislature has entered the “Veto Session” time and will not be in session again until...

RESILIENT: That’s the word in describing Kentucky newspapers

If someone asked me to describe the Kentucky newspaper industry in one word, the best and perhaps only word I could come up with would be “resilient.” From the standpoint of withstanding all the pressures...

Legacies in KPA from the 1945 directory

At the right is the front cover of the 1945 KPA Directory, or rather “Rate Book” as they were called back then. The rate book was printed in manilla folder format but heavier weight paper...

Jennifer Brown joins Landmark as ‘roving reporter’

Jennifer P. Brown has been hired as a roving reporter for Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. She is a freelance journalist and the former editor of her hometown’s daily newspaper, the Kentucky New Era, in Hopkinsville....

Alan Gibson receives second award for high school athletics support in Clinton County

Alan Gibson, publisher of the Clinton County News and long time supporter of local high school sports, in fact, “The Voice of Clinton County High athletics,” received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement and Service Award, given out...

Exploring Legal Challenges to Transparency in the First Amendment’s ‘Right-to-Know’

The following article is written by Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University. She submitted this essay about the legal challenges to transparency and it was published Tuesday...

PCAK prepares packet for KPA members on child abuse prevention month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and as it has for the last few years, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky has prepared a special media packet just for Kentucky newspapers. The packet includes a cover letter...

Job Openings around the Commonwealth

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is looking for a Communications Assistant. Here is a pdf from PCAK concerning that opening — Hiring Notice COMMUNICATIONS ASSIST   General Manager/Sales/Publisher – Butler County Banner/Edmonson News Immediate opening. Position has...

Host Newspapers have a week to select interns for 2019

Just a week remains for the Host Newspapers to select their interns for 2019. The KPA Past Presidents, overseeing the Kentucky Journalism Foundation, selected 15 newspapers at its January meeting to have interns for this...

Into the Issues: Newspapers need to explain ‘How We Work’

Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a journalism professor at the University of Kentucky...