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President’s gift to the board available for purchase as is ‘Still, We Speak’

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

Each year, the outgoing President gives a gift to the KPA Board of Directors as a “Thank You” for their commitment to the organization, to the industry and to the President during that year in office. 2018 President Peter Baniak combined the gift with KPA’s 150th Anniversary celebration and had Cricket Press in Lexington design this artwork at right. The […]

News-Graphic produces movie on Kentucky’s winningest high school coach

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

The Georgetown News-Graphic has produced a movie on Scott County High’s boys basketball coach Billy Hicks, the first boys coach to reach 1,000 wins in Kentucky history. Written and directed by James Scogin, son of publisher Mike Scogin, the News Graphic premieres its movie, ‘The Leader of the Pack,’ February 13 at Scott County High where Hicks coaches.  

2019 begins with Special Election in District 6

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

The Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Press Service is opening a Special Election process for the District 6 seat on the Board of Directors. As you may know, Joel Christopher of The Courier-Journal, has resigned his position with the newspaper and thus from the Board of Directors. The term begins immediately and ends at the 2020 KPA Winter Convention. At that time, […]

New NLRB ruling on independent contractors is very favorable for newspapers

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm, P.C. On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3 to 1 Decision, ruled that Super Shuttle drivers at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport were independent contractors and not employees. In making this ruling, the NLRB reversed the NLRB’s FedEx Decision. The FedEx Decision had engaged in legal adventurism, […]

Child Protective Services (CPS) and Concurrent/Domestic Violence (CDV) Reports to the Department for Community Based Services

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky has collated data from the Department of Community Based Services and is making files available to KPA members. For more information about the data and statistics, feel free to call Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, or Laura Chowning, community engagement coordinator, at 859-225-8879. There are two files available (both attached to this […]

Larry Rowell: Central Kentucky mourns death of a pastor who was also a newspaper editor, and a good one

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

From The Rural Journalism Blog To some, the simultaneous roles of rural newspaper editor and church pastor might seem incompatible, but some have done it successfully. Last week, Central Kentucky said goodbye to another who did: Larry Rowell. Rowell, 63, died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 25. He had been editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, interim editor of the Greensburg Record-Herald, and between […]

NNA in opposition of Interior Department’s proposed Freedom of Information Act rule

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

From Lynne Lance, executive director, National Newspaper Association The U.S. Department of Interior should make it easy for any citizen to request open records, National Newspaper Association said this week. NNA joined 39 other news organizations in opposition of the Interior Department’s new proposed Freedom of Information Act rule. The department includes such agencies as the National Park Service, the Bureau […]

Department of Labor planning new overtime rule

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

By Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm, P.C. The U.S. Department of Labor recently finished a series of listening sessions for interested parties at which it gathered opinions about a new overtime rule.  It is expected to issue a Notice of Proposed Rule Making ( NPRM) in March 2019.  The proposed rule will no doubt raise the salary threshold in […]

Newsroom Management Advice to Help You Start the Year Off On the Right Foot

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

By Jennifer Peters, News Media Alliance Managing a newsroom is no easy feat. Most newsroom leaders wear multiple hats – they have to be journalists, editors, designers, webmasters – and managers. And, if you’ve worked your way up through the ranks of your newsroom, chances are you’ve spent more time outside the newsroom than in it, chasing stories and chatting up […]

Op-ed, news release posted to accesskpa.com

By David Thompson | February 01, 2019

We have posted this week two op-ed pieces and a press release for your use as you see fit. The op-ed is by Eric T. Clark, Commissioner of the Department of Community Based Services within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The news release concerns the Kentucky Trucking Industry All news releases are available at www.accesskpa.com. Click on […]