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Governor to speak at 150th Gala

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

Gov. Matt Bevin has accepted an invitation to speak during KPA’s 150th Anniversary Gala. The gala is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, at the Marriott East in Louisville, site of KPA’s 150th Anniversary Convention. The event includes a Silent Auction that begins late afternoon, a reception at 6, dinner at 7 and the festivities beginning at 8 p.m. The evening […]

Oral History Project to do interviews during KPA Convention

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

While you’re at the 150th Anniversary Convention, we hope you’ll make about 30 minutes available to talk with Neil Kasiak, curator of the William H. Berge Oral History Center at Eastern Kentucky University. For more about the project and interviews that have already been recorded, go to https://oralhistory.eku.edu/collections/show/17 and to www.oralhistory.eku.edu Located in Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, the William H. Berge […]

Senate Bill 14 the focus of the legislature’s first week; and now with the words ‘WITHDRAWN’ but sponsor made some comments on Senate floor Friday morning

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

It was known as BR (Bill Request) 821 before the General Assembly convened Tuesday and then quickly got a new reference — Senate Bill 14 — when it was introduced. But don’t go looking for it now because it only states, “Withdrawn.” Well, make that “WITHDRAWN,” in large capital letters. I would guess Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, thought he would […]

There’s room at the inn but you’ll pay big bucks

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

Since early December, we’ve given you the direct link to making online room reservations for KPA’s 150th Anniversary Convention. And we’ve regularly reminded you that after January 8, the hotel will release our block of rooms to the general public and will increase the room rate. Both happened this week when the hotel reservation deadline passed. And word came Thursday […]

More sessions planned for KPA Convention

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

We’re adding some more sessions for the KPA Anniversary Convention and will be updating the schedule almost until the convention begins on January 24. And there may be some you haven’t paid much attention to so we want to point those out. We have also planned a special session at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25, and will communicate the […]

Help Wanteds

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

These are just a few of the Job Openings around Kentucky and posted on the KPA website. For more information on these and other Job Openings, visit www.kypress.com and click on Job Bank   Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives looking for Communications Office Coordinator Kentucky Electric Cooperatives is the statewide association that provides services for the 24 local, consumer-owned electric […]

Refurbished newspaper racks get new lives as libraries at Children’s hospital

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

From the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS Former newspaper machines are now putting the written word in the hands of a new generation of readers, thanks to the efforts of John Moak Scarbrough of Jackson. This past summer, the Jackson Academy freshman began working on a community service project, a requirement for Eagle Scout hopefuls. He wanted to work on a project […]

The Seattle Times: A case study in community-funded journalism

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

By Hannah Rodriguez, Reynolds Journalism Institute It’s not a secret that news organizations are struggling to pay their reporters. As employment has dropped 45 percent in the past decade, newsrooms have experimented with direct, outside funding. Through an RJI Student Innovation Fellowship at The Seattle Times, Hannah Rodriguez says she was able to observe how reporters and editors worked to […]

Want more impactful reporting? Be empathetic

By David Thompson | January 11, 2019

By  Suzanne Marta, Poynter Institute Consider the whole story, rather than a single narrative. Bring your tenacity, but also your humanity. Add nuance. Make resources count by focusing on stories that matter. “Try to be surprised by something,” said Linda Lutton, an award-winning education reporter for WBEZ-Chicago. “People have really important stories to tell, and it may not be the story […]

Busy January includes celebration of KPA’s 150th Anniversary

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

It’s a big month for the Kentucky Press Association. On Sunday, January 13, KPA will officially be 150 years old, tracing itself back to January 13, 1869, when a group of publishers from across the state met in downtown Frankfort to form a “society” that would eventually be known as the Kentucky Press Association. The official celebration of the 150th […]