KPA’s Public Notice Website upgraded; check out the new format

For the last 11 years, the Kentucky Press Association and its member newspapers have posted public notices on an internet website. That was a project of then KPA President Jamie Sizemore. The website has remained...

In 859 Area Code? As of Sunday, local calls will require 10-digit dialing

From the Federal Communications Commission Outreach Staff If you’re in the 859 Area Code, this means you. One of the links in this story lists the states and Area Codes affected by the NANPA program....

Deadline approaches for nominations in six KPA districts for Board of Directors

We’re nearing the deadline for nominations for six KPA Districts on the Board of Directors. In District 7, to fill the unexpired term of Jeff Moore who retired recently from the Carrollton News Democrat, the...

Contest period ends, now judging process begins

For the first time since mid-July, I won’t be pleading, begging or preaching about entering the 2021 KPA News and Ad contests. That’s because the deadline finally got here and the vault door has been...

Berea Citizen has grand opening for new office

Berea Citizen publisher Keith Taylor, with scissors, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the grand opening of the Citizen’s new office. The staff moved recently to 133 Plaza Drive, #6, in Berea. Joining the...

RCFP needs you to complete survey by Oct. 29 on legal needs of journalists

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — a nonprofit that provides free legal resources to journalists — asks news organizations to complete this survey gauging the legal needs of journalists. The Reporters Committee...

On second thought, let’s extend the contest deadline until noon Eastern on Monday, Oct. 18

  Great news for charter members of the Kentucky Procrastinators Association. Despite a (my own) vow not to extend the contests deadline, Thursday I swallowed my pride and made the change. Originally, the system was...

Board elections underway in six districts

The Kentucky Press Association has started the process of electing Board members for various districts. In all, six districts are in the nomination process currently and would be followed with the election process. KPA has...

Loyd Ford ‘speechless?’ Hell just froze over

If you know Loyd Ford, you know he’s never at a loss for words and always willing to share his thoughts. But here’s one time Loyd admits he was at a loss for words. Few...

Janie might be a star but the rest of the Clinton County News ‘family’ is as well

The email from Alan Gibson at the Clinton County News simply said, “Janie’s a star!” Janie is Alan’s wife and the Clinton County News is a family affair. What Alan was talking about is a...

If you aren’t listed below, you haven’t registered for either KPA contest. Time is running out!

Elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought is an article on the KPA contests deadline being extended until noon on Monday, October 18. Don’t know if your newspaper is registered or not? Then check the...

Nominations sought for 2021 James Madison Award by November 5

The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is accepting nominations for its James Madison Award, which honors a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School...

Canedy, Creason, Preston inducted into UK Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Twenty-seven University of Kentucky alumni were inducted recently into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Included in the group were three Journalism graduates — Dana Canedy, Joe Creason and Tommy Preston. The Hall pays tribute...

UK professor gets exclusive interview with Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner

By Buck Ryan, University of Kentucky Journalism Professor When news broke on Friday morning, Oct. 8, that a Russian newspaper editor was sharing in the Nobel Peace Prize, a UK journalism professor sent a Facebook Messenger...

Nearly 70 years earlier, issues newspapers had with public agencies were the same as today

Doing some straightening around the office, the Oldham Era’s Jane Ashley Pace found some interesting artifacts Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era in LaGrange, was doing some straightening around the office earlier this...

Let’s steer some of that pandemic relief money into sample copying; also, lead by example

By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community...

KET Tribute to Al Smith to air Friday, November 12

On must-see-TV Friday nights, Al Smith brought KET’s public affairs programming to households across the commonwealth as the host of Comment on Kentucky.   For 33 years—the longest tenure of any host on public television—Al held...

It’s Free Speech Week – October 18 – 24

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech...

Heading down the stretch to 2021 contests deadline! Friday, October 15 is the finish line

With Keeneland opening this weekend, it’s appropriate to say the 2021 KPA News and Advertising contests are heading into the home stretch. The deadline to register AND to submit entries for the contests is next...

Al Smith Awards dinner set for Oct. 28 in Lexington; Chuck Todd to be keynote speaker

Awards for 2020 and 2021 to be presented NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will keynote the Al Smith Awards Dinner, held annually to honor outstanding rural journalism, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in...