On Second Thought

Can I get a HALLELUJAH! Kentucky is right at the top of one ranking and it involves journalists; Louisville is one of the 5 best cities for journalists

A new study released this week found Kentucky is the No. 2 best state for journalists to live and work. Despite being the only industry outside of government mentioned in the Bill of Rights, the free press has been...

Drawing your attention to Hunger Action Month: you know where your next meal is coming from but chances are a neighbor is ‘food insecure’

Feeding Kentucky has prepared a special media packet just for KPA members about Hunger Action Month. That packet is attached and please take the time to go through it. The figures about Overall Hunger, Child...

KPA Facebook Page sets a one-week record; thanks Mark Hoskins/Manchester and thanks to Mt. Sterling Advocate intern

21,401. People Reached. That’s the mark for the past week for KPA’s Facebook Page. Now we’ve had at least two postings in the last couple of years that had something like 12,000 People Reached. But...

ShoutOuts to Charles Myrick, Kelly McKinney, Amanda Richards, Martha Thomas

Myrick promoted to managing editor of the Mountain Advocate A ShoutOut to Charles Myrick who has been promoted to managing editor of the Mountain Advocate in Barbourville. Charles has been digital products manager of The...

Special Election underway in District 1 as Barbara Atwill resigns from the board; thanks Barbara for your commitment

District 1 KPA Board member Barbara Atwill has resigned from the Board while remaining with The Current in Fulton County. I express appreciation to Barbara for her commitment while she’s been on the Board. She...

Small papers matter! She didn’t get an internship with a large daily and now that’s just fine

By Olivia Mohr, Western Kentucky University, Jessamine Journal I confess I applied for internships at large daily newspapers in Kentucky before I applied for an internship through the KPA and accepted a position offered to...

Falmouth Outlook’s intern, enamored with the media since at least the second grade, got to spend 10 weeks being a part of it

By Kenton Hornback, Western Kentucky University, Falmouth Outlook High school seniors at Pendleton County are encouraged to participate in a mock interview with community employers in whatever field they feel so inclined to pursue after...

Intern produces a video, took pictures of Loretta Lynn’s old home, did a story on endangered bats at Carter Caves, covered local governments

From the Ashland Daily Independent Julianna Leach, Morehead State University, Ashland Daily Independent Julianna Leach has a bright future ahead in journalism. The 21-year-old Ewing, Ky., native just completed a highly successful paid journalism internship...

Stories from a Purple Heart recipient to a Guinness World Record highlight intern’s introduction into ‘fast paced digital news’

By Hannah Vanover, Western Kentucky University, Beechtree News Being an intern at Beech Tree News has been a valuable experience and one that has taught me a lot. My previous experiences have included being a...

U.S. Court of Appeals denies motions to rehear or delay strong pro-ethics decision; Schaaf retiring

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission (Editor’s Note: John Schaaf, who got his start as a newspaper reporter, has announced his retirement as executive director of the KLEC. I appreciate John allowing...

Postal Q & A with Kentucky’s own Max Heath: ID statement location, content required

By Max Heath, NNA Postal Consultant, KPA Past President Q: Have a post office that is refusing to deliver newspapers without the tags on the tubs that are delivered at the DDU drops for same...

Another huge win for Open Records: Court rules Louisville must turn over records on Amazon HQ2 proposal to Courier-Journal

Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal Louisville Metro Government must turn over to the Courier Journal its bid for Amazon’s “HQ2” project, the Kentucky Court of Appeals said in an ruling released Friday. The unanimous opinion...

Woody, Chloe series deadline just days away

Signed up yet for the 2019 KPA Fall Chapter Series? If your newspaper isn’t listed below, then we don’t have your information. The absolute deadline to sign up is August 26. The cost is two...

Newspaper-sponsored Public Notice website close to 7,000 page views in July with 831 ‘users’

Kentucky’s Public Notice website — owned and operated by KPA and its member newspapers — is getting good use by the public. Without a lot of promotion and marketing until recently, kypublicnotice.com did have some...

Group that oversees Lexington’s historic courthouse turns over records to Herald-Leader

By Marcus Dorsey, The Lexington Herald-Leader A group that oversees the publicly-owned former Fayette County courthouse has voluntarily released its financial records after the Lexington Herald-Leader sued the group in Fayette Circuit Court last month. Historic...

Rural paper fills several pages in sample-copy edition with stories about opioid epidemic, its cost

By Al Cross, from The Rural Blog Most rural newspapers shy away from reporting on the opioid epidemic, aside from its criminal-justice aspects, perhaps because they naturally avoid unpleasant news that isn’t served up to...

It’s President Nixon now! Steve Nixon to lead Newspaper Association Managers

MONTREAL, Quebec—Steven R. Nixon, executive director of the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) during the groups’ 96th annual summer conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Nixon, who has led...

Advice from Ed Henninger: Don’t accept ‘I don’t like it’

By Ed Henninger, Newspaper Design Consultant I’ve been consulting since June, 1989. Thirty years is a long time and it’s time for me to retire and shift my attention to Julia, family, grandkids and guitar. ...

President Jay urges all KPA members to participate in Think F1RST nationwide campaign

From the July 26 Board and carried forward, KPA President Jay Nolan is urging all KPA member newspapers to participate in a nationwide campaign promoting the First Amendment. Developed by the news media in Nebraska,...

If at first you don’t succeed, post it on Facebook and watch things change

Vice President Mike Pence came to Kentucky on Thursday. Came to Manchester, Kentucky, and like any weekly newspaper, or any newspaper for that matter, when a VP is making an appearance in your community, you...