Trump could learn from Reagan letter to KPA

On a whim, back in late 1984, I sent a letter to President Ronald Reagan inviting him to speak at the 1985 KPA Winter Convention. Hey, it was my second convention as executive director and thought what the heck; give it a try. Of course, President Reagan had some schedule conflicts and I heard from the White House that he […]

SPJ forum: ‘Finding real facts in an alternative fact world’

The Bluegrass Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a free public forum Thursday evening at the Lexington Public Library, attracting a large crowd with an impressive panel of journalists. The topic was: “Finding real facts in an alternative fact world.” This weekly discussion series of challenges facing journalism is co-sponsored by the UK School of Journalism and […]

3 bills on Open Records include media exemption

Friday morning update: Both the autopsy and accident reports bills have passed the House unanimously — 94- 0 on the autopsy report; 99-0 on the accident reports. Autopsy reports. Accident reports. Police worn body cameras. Those are just three of the many pieces of legislation KPA is working on and watching this 2017 30-day short session. While we’ve worked with the […]

Courier/Leader/Gazette become ‘The Current’

3 West Kentucky papers merging March 8 The three oldest newspapers in the Mississippi River counties of Hickman County and Fulton County are combining resources to better serve our corner of the world. March 1 will be the last issues bearing the individual names of The Hickman Courier, The Fulton Leader and The Hickman County Gazette. The newspapers will not […]

Statewide Classifieds: Easy income and now there’s a bonus!!

Looking for a way to add income to the bottom line with little effort? KPA has a program just for that. And it’s gotten just a little sweeter for one of your advertising staff members. For the whole month of March, the person selling the largest number of statewide classified ads will receive a $100 bonus from KPA/KPS. The ads […]

Senate Bill 234 would set Kentucky’s Open Records law back several years

Had this law been in place a few years ago, Jon Fleischaker said we would have never known about Amy Dye and other children who died or suffered near-death injuries while under the watchful eye of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com A Senate bill filed Thursday would make law enforcement agencies withhold any information that […]

See the new D.C. landscape — politically speaking — at NNA Leadership Summit in March

By Richard Karpel, Public Notice Resource Center,  rkarpel@apw-management.com CRYSTAL CITY, VA—What can publishers expect during the first 100 days of the Donald J. Trump administration? What can they expect of the new Congress? Nobody knows for sure, but this much is clear: The rules are changing. It will be unlike anything the city of Washington has seen in our lifetimes. At […]

ASNE releases budget for Sunshine Week 2017

Federal data is disappearing from websites. Concerns are growing about whistleblower protections. The public is faced with inconsistent access to information like police dashcam video. Attacks on the First Amendment continue.  This year, more than ever, ASNE and multiple media partners will use Sunshine Week, March 12-18, to hold government officials accountable for their transparency, or secrecy, around public records. For […]

The business of news in a Trump presidency

By David Chavern, News Media Alliance (formerly Newspaper Association of America) I am often asked what it’s like to represent the news media business in the age of President Trump.  On the one hand, the President would be hard pressed to be more disdainful of the press and the role it plays in our society.  He routinely calls us liars […]