Five reasons to be in D.C. March 15-16

Al Cross: Into the Issues

By Al Cross Big changes in Washington will mean big changes in your county, and we’ve been covering them on The Rural Blog. President Donald Trump’s pledge to deport undocumented workers could lead to a labor shortage in agriculture, in which an estimated 16 percent of the work is done by people who are in the U.S. illegally, The Associated […]

‘What a Great Story’ award memorializes David Dick

Have you written or produced a story that just cries out for recognition? Then we have a contest for you. The School of Journalism and Media is seeking entries for its seventh annual David Dick “What a Great Story!” Storytelling Awards. The award honors the best in Kentucky storytelling — stories that enlighten and inform while capturing the attention of the audience. Storytellers […]

Ft. Campbell Courier shouts out about its awards

Lest there be questions, the Fort Campbell Courier went to Twitter to shout out about the KPA contest awards it received for the 2016 competition. Those were the awards presented during the 2017 KPA Convention. Here’s a look at the Courier’s tweet:

SPJ scholarship in memory of Carl West

From Liz Hansen, Bluegrass Chapter, SPJ The Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ offers a $1,000 scholarship to students pursing a career in journalism. For 2017-2018 we are giving the scholarship in memory of Carl West. Below is a copy of the application form, which includes information about eligibility and selection criteria. I particularly want it to reach college and university newspapers. […]

‘Round tuit:’ Mayor delaying publication, effect of whistleblower law council has already approved

State law requires an ordinance, passed by a city, to be published in the newspaper prior to the ordinance taking effect. In Bardstown, the city council has passed the ordinance, referred to as the “Whistleblower Ordinance,” and the mayor has already signed it but his refusal so far to have it published keeps it from being law. 83A.060 specifies the […]

Ed Staats named head of State Citizen Foster Care Review Board

Retired AP Bureau Chief, Journalism Hall of Fame inductee  Ed Staats has been named head of the State Citizen Foster Care Review Board, which guides the work of local Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide. Staats, a retired news service executive, advanced to be the board’s state chairman after serving in the elected position of vice chairman for two years. […]

A little bit of everything: Dealing with news burnout, radio stations hacked with anti-Trump rap, Facebook changes feed to promote ‘true news’

I’m a journalist; why don’t you trust me? (as told by API’s Jane Elizabeth) Fake news. Alternate facts. Waning trust. As if those immersed in the journalism world didn’t have enough to worry about, an undercurrent of declining trust has forced media institutions to ask the hardest question of all: Are we trustworthy? And if so, how do we convince […]

Advertising is all about MOTIVATION

by John Foust – Newspaper Advertising Trainer Raleigh, NC When you peel back the layers of advertising philosophy and technique, it all comes down to one thing: Motivation. People buy things because they are motivated. And the most effective ads are those that appeal to the right motivation. There are two basic motivators: (1) desire for gain and (2) fear of […]

Flood of public notice legislation hits several states

The following report was written before Senate Bill 118 and House Bill 202 were introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. PNRC is now aware of the action in Kentucky/   At least 62 bills relating to public notice in newspapers have been introduced in 25 different states through the first week of February, according to a review of bill-tracking software […]


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