‘Dog Paddling Across the Bluegrass’; 34 papers have signed up for Fall Chapter Series

  You’ve probably heard the claims about Kentucky having more shoreline of waterways than any other state. That’s hard to digest because you think of the entire coast of Florida being bordered by water; of Minnesota being the land of 10,000 lakes; and Alaska’s claim that it has more navigable waterways than any of state. I guess in some way […]

Daily Independent opens newsroom for ‘Newsroom Tunes’ as reporters do their thing

Editor’s Note: Daily Independent editor Mark Maynard sent me a story about the northeast Kentucky daily’s ‘Newsroom Tunes’ that just started its second season. Here’s Mark’s note and then a story about the popular program.  “We’ve done this for a couple of years during the summer. It gives local musicians a chance to showcase music directly from our newsroom! We […]

City of Madisonville honors Rick Welch for America in Bloom project

Q&A with Rick Welch: What is America in Bloom? America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism. America in Bloom’s mission promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use […]

Bluegrass Institute report stresses the need to modernize Kentucky’s sunshine laws

A report released Monday by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges policymakers to revise and update the commonwealth’s open meetings and open records laws considering “rapid changes in the dynamics of communication and information transmission” and an increasing number of legal challenges. “Shining the Light on Kentucky’s Sunshine Laws” is written […]

Reminder: June 29 is date legislation enacted during 2017 session takes effect

June 29 is just around the corner and that’s important because it’s the date most all of the legislation passed in the 2017 session will take effect. There’s a chance a few bills approved had an “emergency” clause attached and those took effect upon the governor’s signature. One of the bills to make sure you’re aware of is Senate Bill […]

How much do you spend on marketing?

I’m willing to bet that’s a question you never think about. Because typically newspapers don’t practice what they preach. We send sales reps hither and yon, calling on new business, old business, any business that will give us a few minutes to tell them they should be marketing their business in our publication. Except, we don’t listen to ourselves and […]

Bomb threat at London printing plant wasn’t an anomaly; Lexington police investigating shooting at Herald-Leader was one of several vandalism acts

Last week’s story about the bomb threat appearing on a printer at Southeast Printing in London wasn’t unique. While there were no other businesses in Kentucky reporting such an incident, there were several reports in other states. An identical message to the one received at London appeared in Portland, TN; in Wisconsin; in Lincolnton, NC; and even in Hawaii, as […]

Into the Issues: ACA significant for rural areas; story ideas can help inform your local readers

By Al Cross The debate over changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is especially significant to rural areas, and The Rural Blog has several stories that can help inform your local coverage. Obamacare’s private-insurance options are on life support in much if not most of rural America. A third of counties, mostly rural, had only one insurer […]

IRE offering Total Newsroom Training; in 2016, Paducah Sun benefited from program

Total Newsroom Training is a grant-based customized training program for small and medium-sized newsrooms. Over the past four years IRE has trained more than 550 journalists from three dozen newsrooms around the country. Our trainers immerse themselves into these newsrooms and provide two days of on-site training along with consultations and webinars after they leave. KPA Member had training in […]

Job Opportunities at KPA Member Newspapers

1. Editor, Ashland Daily Independent 2. Sports Editor/Reporter, Glasgow Daily Times 3. Sales Professionals, Glasgow Daily Times 4. Copy Editor/Page Designer, Bowling Green Daily News 5. Editor/Reporter At Large, Part-time, Landmark Community Newspapers 6. PLG-TV – Multi-Media Journalist 7. Reporter, The Franklin Favorite 8. Home Delivery Coordinator, Elizabethtown News Enterprise 9. Reporter, Richmond Register – – – – – – – – […]