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Rufus Friday stepping down as Herald-Leader publisher; Peter Baniak becomes GM as well as editor

From Herald-Leader Staff Reports Rufus Friday, the Herald-Leader’s president and publisher since 2011, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down in the middle of September. Editor Peter Baniak will move into an expanded...

Sentinel News names new publisher; St. Charles has Shelby roots

By Ashley Sutter, The Sentinel News Anna St. Charles took over as publisher at The Sentinel-News this week, replacing Scott Moore who left after being name publisher at The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown. With more...

Two new books chronicle Courier-Journal’s 150 years of ‘stellar documentary photography’

For 150 years, the Courier Journal has been Kentucky’s storyteller, winning 10 Pulitzer Prizes for compelling stories, cartoons and photographs. It’s a proud newsroom tradition that has served generations of readers across the commonwealth. A...

Getting positive about negatives

The story about the Courier-Journal’s two books chronicling 150 years of stellar photography reminded me to re-mention the project Stan McKinney is trying to get started. McKinney, a well-known newspaper photographer in his own right,...

Courier Journal at the State Fair today: A way to celebrate its own 150th anniversary

The Courier Journal is kicking off activities to celebrate its 150th anniversary on Courier Journal Day at the Kentucky State Fair Friday, Aug. 17. We’ll be revealing some of our celebration plans at our booth located inside...

Have you registered for the KPA contests yet? Only 23 can answer ‘yes’ to that question

Entry period is October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 Absolute contest entry deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018, at 4:59 p.m. (Eastern) Circulation divisions mostly the same as 2017. Only change is in the...

National Newspaper Week set for October 7 – 13

Make plans now to start visiting the home page of National Newspaper Week at http://www.nationalnewspaperweek.com/. This year’s observance will be held Oct. 7-13. And in doing so, make sure to check for a Kentucky-specific house...

Al Cross promoted to full professor

Al Cross began his 15th year as director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues this month with a new title: professor. Cross had been an associate professor with tenure...

Jana Wiersema — KPA Intern with the Paducah Sun

She notes, Step one to being a journalist: Keep moving forward Whenever I told people that I was interning at the Paducah Sun, there was always something that seemed to surprise them. “They actually let...

Kentucky media forum tackles ‘fake news’

“In today’s digital age, it can often be challenging for consumers to determine what information is truly reliable. But whether it goes by the name of ‘propaganda,’ ‘hype’ or ‘spin,’ it is possible for news...

Statewide Classifieds do work; just ask us

We hear it a lot. “Well, I can’t sell a Statewide Classified because I don’t have any clients who would want that.” Really? Think again. KPS decided to sell one of its two vehicles, a...

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

By Brian Stelter CNN About 350 newspapers all had one thing in common on Thursday: A statement supporting the free press and decrying President Trump’s attacks against the media. From The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas...

Into the Issues: Daily reporter turned small-town publisher still won’t back down from Open Records battles

By Al Cross Small, rural newspapers can win open-records battles with state agencies and beat larger news outlets at covering big stories in their communities, says a journalist who spent most of his career at...

Peter Wagner: The many benefits of reading a newspaper

We’ve published at least three stories recently regarding older Sheldon citizens being scammed over the phone for thousands of dollars. But even though the first two crimes were printed in our Sheldon Mail-Sun in detail,...

25 on-the-job ideals

  By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting I’ve been a consultant for almost 30 years. Before that, I worked more than 20 years in writing and editing positions, most of those years as an editor and...

Help Wanted: West Virginia is looking for the next generation of local newspaper owners

The West Virginia Press Association and West Virginia University are launching a new effort to replenish the shrinking pool of independent community news publishers. Don Smith, a veteran of both the editorial and publishing sides...

A sports reporter took a new job. Now his former newspaper is suing over a Twitter account

The Roanoke Times spells it out right in its handbook: Employees who have been issued “Company-owned information assets, keys or other access items must return them to the Company upon termination of employment,” according to...

News publishers rethink premium day practices

By Matt Lindsay, Mather Economics The use of premium days as a tactic to grow audience revenue has caused customer relationship issues, and many publishers are seeking ways to maintain the revenue while moving away...

ProPublica to expand local reporting network to focus on state governments

In an effort to help stanch the decline in aggressive statehouse coverage across the country, ProPublica announced last week that it is expanding its Local Reporting Network with a focus on accountability journalism on state...

Need Help? Help Wanted section fully operational

Got a position or two at the office you need help filling? The last couple of years, the KPA Help Wanted portion of the website has been available but not fully operational. KPA’s New Media...