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KPA Board member gets role in upcoming TV series

KPA District 4 Board member Melissa Mudd spent last weekend in Nashville for some filming of an upcoming television series. While she can’t identify the network or the name of the series yet, she did say she’s been cast as a police officer, one of nine in the series, and will be known as Officer Turman. And for the series’ role, […]

Filly with a postal name, co-owned by Max Heath, wins $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes

Most of you know Max Heath as the postal guru. Max, a KPA Past President and previously Vice President for Landmark Community Newspapers, has served for decades as chair of the National Newspaper Association. What you may not know is Max’s love for standardbreds as an owner/co-owner. One filly that Max co-owns, along with UK co-offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and others, won […]

Bluegrass SPJ Chapter elects 2018-19 officers

  The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently elected officers for 2018-2019. Board members are: President Tom Eblen, columnist and former managing editor, Lexington Herald-Leader (re-election) Vice President Tom Martin, columnist, Lexington Herald-Leader, publisher/editor, UnderMain, and student media adviser, Transylvania University (re-election) Secretary Al Cross, director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and professor, UK […]

AP is first to make contribution to KPA’s 150th Anniversary Gala

Kentucky’s Associated Press bureau chief Adam Yeomans was the first to make a contribution to KPA’s 150th Anniversary event, part of the 2019 KPA Winter Convention. That will be Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25, all taking place at the Marriott East in Louisville. The Kentucky AP is taking a booth for the trade show with the balance of […]

We don’t like to beg but it’s working with contests registrations growing

We don’t like to beg or plead but earlier this week, an email was sent to KPA Board members and student publication advisers around the state, reminding them there is just one month left to get entries submitted in the KPA Ad and News Contests. It only went to those who had not yet registered, the first requirement for a […]

KPA members invited to participate in survey on audience engagement

We’ve been asked to share with KPA members information about participating in a survey on audience engagement. A link to the survey is at the end of this segment should you wish to participate. This survey is part of a research project being conducted at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, by Dr. Valerie Belair-Gagnon […]

Aviation Conference set for next week in Lexington

The 42nd annual Kentucky Aviation Conference is scheduled for Sept. 26-28 at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington. The Kentucky Aviation Association and Kentucky Department of Aviation are hosting the conference. More details are available at www.accesskpa.com. Remember to check that website regularly for news releases posted for your consideration. When you get to the wesbsite, click on Press Releases on […]

Mighty Unusual Time: Have we ever experienced a time like this in the news business?

By Kevin Slimp, The News Guru (Make your plans now to hear The News Guru Kevin Slimp conduct seminars at the 2019 KPA Sesquicentennial Convention. Kevin will be speaking on Friday, January 25, at the Louisville Marriott East, off Hurstbourne Lane near Louisville.)   I’ve been noticing a couple of patterns lately, and I wonder if you have been, too. […]

Remember the story? Newspapers are facing a similar mindset

By Peter Wagner, Creative House Print Media Consultants (Make your plans now to hear Peter Wagner at the 2019 KPA Sesquicentennial Convention. He’ll be conducting sessions on Friday, January 25, at the Louisville Marriott East.) Some of you may remember the story, strongly circulated a decade ago, about a man who sold hot dogs along the side of a road. […]

New database connects journalists with over 650 historians

Journalists seeking fresh, fast, and thoughtful insight from the nation’s foremost historians can now consult a database of experts assembled by the Organization of American Historians. It is available here: www.americanhistoryexperts.org. Over 650 historians are ready to comment on current events and can provide a quick quote on deadline or schedule a longer conversation to place complicated issues in historical context. […]


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