On Second Thought

Governor vetoes Senate Bill 48; would have allowed his Governor’s Office phone number to be private

Governor Andy Beshear vetoed Senate Bill 48 Thursday afternoon and unlike previously vetoed legislation, the General Assembly won’t have a chance to override it. That’s because passage of an amended SB48 came in the final...

‘No Bigger Job’ Than Small-Town Journalism: Remembering Al Smith, 1927-2021

Daily Yonder hosts roundtable with noted Kentucky journalists to remember Al Smith Kentucky journalist Al Smith helped start multiple state and national organizations, steered to safety a federal agency that Ronald Reagan targeted for elimination,...

KPA staff, some newspapers are part of fraudulent unemployment claims

At first, we thought former KPA staff member Buffy Sams had left the Kentucky School Boards Association. After more than 20 years as assistant bookkeeper for KPA/KPS, Buffy resigned three or so years ago to...

Hall of Fame ceremonies set virtually for May 4

Ten to be inducted in 41st class The 2021 induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. ET May 4 online at http://ci.uky.edu/jam/hall-of-fame . For more information, contact UK School of Journalism and Media Project...

7 questions to help local media rebound in 2021

By Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute As the pandemic peaks and declines with the increased distribution of vaccines, businesses everywhere should be looking ahead to a rebuilding phase that takes into account our new realities....

Attack of the morale-killing bosses

By John Foust, Advertising Trainer In my advertising and training career, I’ve observed – and heard about – a lot of boss-employee encounters. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been instructive....

KPA asks Governor Beshear to veto Senate Bill 48; KPA’s statement in opposition

A letter was delivered Thursday by email, by fax and by mail to Governor Andy Beshear, seeking the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 48. Included with the letter was a copy of the Kentucky Press...

Would you ever know if law enforcement, judges, prosecutors didn’t pay their county taxes?

You wouldn’t so here’s hoping Governor Beshear vetoes this ‘disastrous’ Senate Bill 48; makes House Bill 312 minor league It’s about this time each year, county clerks start the process of publishing a list of...

If only he had mentioned the ‘rest of the story’ about the late Senator Albert Jones

As the final hours of the 2021 General Assembly were winding down, Sen. Danny Carroll rose to have a Senate Resolution read in memory of the late Senator Albert Jones. Carroll went on and on...

10 to be inducted in Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on May 4

By Duane Bonifer, UK Journalism Alumni Association LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late-20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the...

On heels of Kernel decision, WKU to release sexual misconduct records to College Heights Herald

By Laurel Deppen, editor-in-chief, College Heights Herald WKU (Western Kentucky University) will release sexual misconduct records within the next 30 days that were the subject of a years-long lawsuit against the Herald. Following a Kentucky...

Tricia Kelley joins KPA Board in KIPA Chair role; Board to meet in-person April 16 in Elizabethtown

Tricia Kelley, advisor to the Eastern Progress at Eastern Kentucky University, has joined the KPA Board of Directors and will begin her term immediately. She replaces Stephanie Anderson, advisor to the Murray State News who...

Northeast Kansas City newspaper publishes blank front page as message in trying times

The Kansas City Northeast News made a statement on the front page of Wednesday’s edition. They left it blank, deliberately so. The newspaper, like so many news outlets, has lost money during the pandemic as...

Relevance Project celebrates Women’s History Month with tribute to NAM female members

By Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, Newspaper Association Managers Relevance Project The Relevance Project celebrates the women who lead newspaper and press associations in North America. What better time to pause and recognize this inspiring group...

Mark your calendars for these April NNAF events

Digital Marketplace:  GNI News Consumer Insights Webinar Training Thursday, April 8 at 12 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. CT/ 10 a.m. MT/ 9 a.m. PT Recently, Google has launched an updated version of News Consumer Insights...

Peter Wagner: Papers can’t depend on retail advertisers to survive

Publishers looking to reboot their markets following the pandemic need to recognize the retail sector is no longer their best revenue source. The recent demise of one Minnesota newspaper, the Warroad Pioneer, is well documented...

RJI Fellow identifies 10 steps to making newsroom reporting more inclusive

By Melba Newsome, RJI Fellow Despite decades of making a case for more inclusion and representation in journalism, most newsrooms are still not an accurate mirror of the society they seek to capture and inform....

Ashland Beacon creates its own video on KPA contest results

The Greater Ashland Beacon created its own video on the 2020 KPA News Contest, touting the individual awards the Beacon garnered. https://www.facebook.com/GABeacon/videos/189509746274753

Kentucky Supreme Court rules in favor of Kernel in lawsuit against UK

Here is a pdf copy of the entire 35 page Supreme Court ruling: UK vs. Kernel Full opinion Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. listens to UK’s lawyer during oral arguments heard by the Kentucky...

Al Smith’s journalism was one of good faith, now often missing

By Al Cross Al Cross was assistant managing editor of The Logan Leader and the News-Democrat in Russellville, and editor of The Leitchfield Gazette and the Grayson County News-Gazette, from 1975 to 1978. After 26...