On Second Thought

KPA Board member gets role in upcoming TV series

KPA District 4 Board member Melissa Mudd spent last weekend in Nashville for some filming of an upcoming television series. While she can’t identify the network or the name of the series yet, she did...

Filly with a postal name, co-owned by Max Heath, wins $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes

Most of you know Max Heath as the postal guru. Max, a KPA Past President and previously Vice President for Landmark Community Newspapers, has served for decades as chair of the National Newspaper Association. What you may...

Bluegrass SPJ Chapter elects 2018-19 officers

  The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently elected officers for 2018-2019. Board members are: President Tom Eblen, columnist and former managing editor, Lexington Herald-Leader (re-election) Vice President Tom Martin, columnist,...

AP is first to make contribution to KPA’s 150th Anniversary Gala

Kentucky’s Associated Press bureau chief Adam Yeomans was the first to make a contribution to KPA’s 150th Anniversary event, part of the 2019 KPA Winter Convention. That will be Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January...

We don’t like to beg but it’s working with contests registrations growing

We don’t like to beg or plead but earlier this week, an email was sent to KPA Board members and student publication advisers around the state, reminding them there is just one month left to...

KPA members invited to participate in survey on audience engagement

We’ve been asked to share with KPA members information about participating in a survey on audience engagement. A link to the survey is at the end of this segment should you wish to participate. This...

Aviation Conference set for next week in Lexington

The 42nd annual Kentucky Aviation Conference is scheduled for Sept. 26-28 at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington. The Kentucky Aviation Association and Kentucky Department of Aviation are hosting the conference. More details are available at...

Mighty Unusual Time: Have we ever experienced a time like this in the news business?

By Kevin Slimp, The News Guru (Make your plans now to hear The News Guru Kevin Slimp conduct seminars at the 2019 KPA Sesquicentennial Convention. Kevin will be speaking on Friday, January 25, at the...

Remember the story? Newspapers are facing a similar mindset

By Peter Wagner, Creative House Print Media Consultants (Make your plans now to hear Peter Wagner at the 2019 KPA Sesquicentennial Convention. He’ll be conducting sessions on Friday, January 25, at the Louisville Marriott East.)...

New database connects journalists with over 650 historians

Journalists seeking fresh, fast, and thoughtful insight from the nation’s foremost historians can now consult a database of experts assembled by the Organization of American Historians. It is available here: www.americanhistoryexperts.org. Over 650 historians are ready...

A ‘community’ is just a ‘place’ if the newspaper dies

By Bob Morrison This column originally appeared in the Urbana (OH) Daily Citizen, a publication of AIM Media Midwest. “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” The old adage came to mind as...

NNA urges US Senate to protect FOIA on Supplemental Nutrition Benefit Assistance (SNAP)

By Tonda Rush, NNA General Counsel National Newspaper Association President Susan Rowell, publisher of the Lancaster (SC) News, this week wrote to the heads of the Senate Conference Committee on the fast-moving “Farm Bill”—HR 2—to...

Newspaper adds a sunset to searching police public records

By Randy Picht, Reynolds Journalism Institute “Please take my story down.” If you’re an editor, you’ve gotten that plea, perhaps many times. The answer of the future may start in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Southeast...

KPA using new process to nominate Vice President candidates

We’re about to embark on the nomination process for a KPA Vice President and I want to give our members a heads up on the process. Under the new process, adopted in January by the...

Role of women in KPA continues growing

Back in the 1980s, if you went to a KPA news or advertising seminar, you found the ratio to be something like 75-80 percent male, 20-25 female. Things gradually changed and by the turn of...

Got rates? We’re about to ask for 2019 information

With the approaching time to publish the annual Statement of Ownership, that means one year is winding down, another is on the horizon. And the one on the horizon is a big year for KPA...

38 and growing albeit slowly

  Yes, we’re still a month away from the deadline to submit your entries in the 2018 KPA News and KPA Advertising contests. At 4:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, October 19, the online entry...

KPA members can reserve tickets now for Al Smith Award dinner on October 18

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be sending invitations next week to the October 18 Al Smith Dinner, scheduled for the Embassy...

For the love of reading: one way to promote the KPA Fall Chapter Series

By Jane Ashley Pace, publisher, Oldham Era, Henry County Local My earliest memories of reading a newspaper were with my Nana. She always read the “funnies” as she called the comics first in the paper...

For retired library teacher, she misses Woody and Chloe articles the most

A retired teacher messaged Woody’s Facebook Page to say what she misses most is introducing her students to the Woody and Chloe Fall Chapter Series each year. And she notes. “It’s such a great way...