On Second Thought

Berkshire, Cox, Parks honored as 2020 Journalists of the Year; first in KPA’s 152 years so honored

                  Congratulations are in order for: • Erin Cox, editor, The Corbin Times Tribune • Natalie Parks, The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky • Forrest Berkshire, editor,...

Veno, Parks, Craig honored with Jon Fleischaker FOI Award presented by The Associated Press

                  Chanda Veno, editor of the State Journal, Frankfort; Natalie Parks, a member of the Kentucky Kernel staff at the University of Kentucky; and Ryan Craig, publisher/editor...

In a time of trial, especially for them, Kentucky newspapers come through for their readers

This report has been made available twice to all Kentucky newspapers in word format and with artwork. A project idea from 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe, the Executive Committee is asking all Kentucky newspapers to...

KPA News Contest video available on YouTube

This link will start the 2020 News Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 45 minutes in length.      

KPA Ad Contest video available on YouTube

This link will start the 2020 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 20 minutes in length.  

Henderson named editor of the Oldham Era

Oldham Era publisher Jane Ashley Pace has named Andrew Henderson as the newspaper’s new editor. The announcement was made this week in a column by Andrew. “Originally from the hills of Eastern Kentucky,” Andrew started...

Into the Issues: Be a leader, and stand up for the truth

By Al Cross Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the extension professor of journalism...

Student Press Freedom Day 2021 is just around the corner (Feb. 26th)!

From the Student Law Press Center Join a Screening of the Documentary Raise Your Voice For three days, from February 25-27, production company GoodDocs and Maribeth Romslo, the documentary filmmaker behind Raise Your Voice, will...

Kentucky senator wants statue of Black woman journalist in U.S. and Kentucky Capitols

By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader A state senator wants to make some changes in what statues represent Kentucky in the state Capitol in Frankfort and the U.S. Capitol in Washington. If Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr,...

NNA MEMBER ALERT: Increase in Federal Minimum Wage Proposal

NNA does not take official stand on the appropriate level of minimum wage increases Background Congress is considering an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. The legislated minimum was last increased in 2009....

We need judges! We need YOU!!!

Did you and some staff members enter the 2020 KPA Advertising and/or News contests? Then the shoe’s on the other foot now and time for you to help reciprocate. We’re in the process of filling...

While mourning his mom’s death, Keith Taylor and his wife, Rhonda, battle coronavirus

Berea Citizen publisher/editor and KPA Board member for District 14, Keith Taylor is still mourning his mom’s death last fall because of COVID-19. Not long after her death, Keith and his wife Rhonda contracted the...

Obituary: Somerset news icon, Bill Mardis, passes away at age 89

Related articles: Mardis won’t be forgotten in Pulaski All of Pulaski has lost a friend   By Carla Slavey, Commonwealth Journal Bill Mardis – longtime editor, “Humble Reporter” and heart of the Commonwealth Journal – has...

Senator McConnell’s statement on the passing of Bill Mardis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the passing of longtime Commonwealth Journal editor Bill Mardis: “For nearly six decades, Bill Mardis chronicled the story of Pulaski...

Kentucky Monthly joins KPA as Associate Member Newspaper

Kentucky Monthly magazine has joined the Kentucky Press Association as an Associate Member Newspaper. The publication, with its main office located directly across the street from KPA, is published 10 times each year with combined...

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Student Press Freedom Day: Journalism Against The Odds

We can all celebrate this day on February 26 Student journalists have always done incredible work keeping their schools and communities informed, but the connection and clarity they provide has never been more important than...

Kevin Slimp makes his predictions for 2021

Kevin makes his predictions for 2021 and you can see his entire column here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nkjd70t0c0mtos4/AAD2LwIzBSbzUtU9NftarSLJa?dl=0&preview=Slimp_Jan_21.pdf At the end, Kevin wraps up his column looking back at the last 10 months with COVID-19 so prevalent: “To...

Peter Wagner: What will 2021 bring for newspapers and shoppers?

Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning Sheldon, IA, N’West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications. The “good old days,” when the hometown newspaper was often the only game in town,...

Another effect from 2020 — Lobbying expenses dipped more than $3 million compared to 2018

  Kentucky lobbying spending for 2020, in which a global pandemic hit during the 60-day legislative session, dipped from an all-time yearly high of $23.1 million for the last “long session” of 2018 to $20.9...