Kentucky Kernel wins ‘Pulitzer Prize’ of college journalism

The Associated Collegiate Press has awarded The Kentucky Kernel with the Pacemaker, one of the most prestigious awards in the country for student newspapers. This is the third time the paper has received the award in 10 years. Laura Widmer, executive director of ACP, said the award ranks the student paper in the top one percent in the country and […]

Jay Nolan nominated as 2017 KPA Vice President; Kim Woods elected 2017 KPA Treasurer

The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors has voted to recommend Jay Nolan, publisher of The Mountain Advocate in Barbourville to serve as KPA Vice President in 2017. The action came during the board’s Fall Board Retreat last week at Green Turtle Bay. The KPA Nominating Committee, chaired by KPA Past President Rick Welch, interviewed four individuals who had been […]

Change to Daylight Savings Time on November 6 comes with a big downside

It’s almost that time of the year again, the “time” we change the time. Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. is when all clocks in Kentucky will “fall back” one hour. Remind your readers of that event and probably best to set your clock back an hour when you go to bed. Surely no one wakes up at 2 a.m. […]

Former KPA Board member Loretta Tackett dies unexpectedly

Loretta Tackett, 48, who served on the KPA/KPS Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008, passed away Thursday, October 20. She had been a reporter for the Paintsville Herald, Pikeville Appalachian News Express, and the Louisville Courier-Journal and had served as editor of the Williamson (WV) News. At the time of her death, she was assisting KPA with the Kentucky Press News […]

Woodford Sun owner/publisher Ben Chandler dies at age 87

Albert Benjamin “Ben” Chandler Jr., 87, longtime owner and publisher of The Woodford Sun and father of former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, died October 22. Chandler was the son of former Kentucky Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler, and the last of his four children who was still living. He spent part of his childhood in the governor’s mansion and went on […]

Register partners with EKU journalism class

The Richmond Register is partnering with Eastern Kentucky University journalism students to expand local coverage and allow students to gain important experience. The partnership began this month and continues into November as the students will attend area weekend events. The students will live tweet from each event then write a story highlighting key personalities. “I am excited that our students will […]

KPA seminar gives sales reps all the ‘Basics’

Just the Basics: Making the Sale ad seminar is designed for newby sales reps, those needing a sales refresher or any sales reps needing a primer on digital sales. If you have any ad sales staffers with one of those three needs then this seminar is for them. It will be held Friday, November 11 at the Lexington Herald-Leader building in […]

KPA contests end with more than $32,000 in entry fees

It was one of those feel-good reports to give to the Board during its retreat last week. Joined by Kim Woods, chair of the KPA Ad Division, and Benjy Hamm, chair of the KPA News Editorial Division, we told the Board that the total entry fees for the 2016 contests versions were the highest since 2008. $32,291 in fees to be […]

What’s on the horizon for KPA and its members? In a word, L O T S!!

This is busy season all around KPA. Not that other times aren’t but as we begin the wind down on the year, several things appear on the horizon. Here in no particular order are dates and events and other news affecting you and your newspaper: November 4 – Deadline to register for Just the Basics: Making the Sale seminar, scheduled […]

DOL Proposal Threatens Recruitment Advertising in Newspapers


The Department of Labor is working on a draft regulation that would “modernize” the permanent labor certification program known as PERM (Program Electronic Review Management), an important process with which employers must comply in order to sponsor a foreign citizen for permanent residency. We understand that the DOL will recommend the elimination of a requirement that employers advertise in Sunday […]


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