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National Newspaper Week celebration set for October 6-12

Make plans now to start visiting the home page of National Newspaper Week at http://www.nationalnewspaperweek.com/. This year’s observance will be held Oct. 6-12. This 79th annual National Newspaper Week is a recognition of the service of...

Eastern Kentucky University is awarded SPJ’s Campus Program of the Year award

From Eastern Kentucky University https://stories.eku.edu/students/eku-spj-wins-program-year?fbclid=IwAR1nKwaoCy-auD00hM2uxGs39YWWqybjrZCPz95mjPCpcDOemNh0gauJc70 The Society of Professional Journalists has named Eastern Kentucky University’s student chapter as the winner of the Campus Program of the Year award. The national award recognizes EKU SPJ’s most...

Dave LaBelle to teach two courses at Campbellsville for part of Spring semester

From Campbellsville University Mass Communications   Dave LaBelle, a photojournalist well known to many in Kentucky, will be an in-residence professor for the second eight weeks of the spring semester at Campbellsville University. LaBelle has...

Campbellsville offering Mass Com degree, online, with discount to KPA members

From Campbellsville University Mass Communications   Interested in completing a degree in mass communication in the comfort of your home? Campbellsville University has launched a completely online associate’s degree in mass communication as well as...

Shoutout to the College Heights Herald, Kentucky Kernel

      The College Heights Herald at WKU and the Kentucky Kernel at UK were named finalists Monday for the national Pacemaker Awards for newspapers for 2019. The Pacemakers, awarded by Associated Collegiate Press,...

Shoutouts to Alice Walker, Tyler Mansfield

Walker named GM/ad manager for the Springfield Sun The Springfield Sun has welcomed a new leader to take the place of Dave Hagan, who left at the end of July. Alice Walker, who has been...

Shhh! Don’t tell anybody but the contest deadline is getting closer; Crittenden Press first to enter

      Kudos to Chris Evans and Daryl Tabor with the Crittenden Press in Marion for being the first to submit their entries for the 2019 Excellence in Kentucky News contest. To date, we...

International Newspaper Carrier Day is Saturday, October 12

From News Media Alliance International Newspaper Carrier Day is held each year in conjunction with National Newspaper Week (NNW), an annual week dedicated to celebrating the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. Here...

Deadline to file your postal statement with USPS is Oct. 1

Paid newspaper members: The deadline to complete and file your annual U.S. Postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526)  with your postmaster is Oct. 1. This form must be published in your newspaper as...

Obituary: Long-time Danville staff member, columnist, Herb Brock passes away

By Bobbie Curd Herb Brock, a man known for giving a voice to those who otherwise would not have one, died this week. He was an Advocate-Messenger staffer from 1979 until he retired in 2010, and...

KHSJA begins another year with annual contest for high schools; sponsor your local school(s)!

The Kentucky High School Journalism Association, which is now operated by mass communication at Campbellsville University, has announced its annual contest for high schools. Entries are due on Oct. 17. Rules have been posted at...

There’s still time to take advantage of this KPA member benefit for any of your staff members

Thinking of taking a trip this Fall? Want to take in an amusement park? Need to rent a car or going by air? How about restaurant deals and hotel discounts? There’s still time to take...

Job Openings

The Richmond Register, a five-day daily newspaper in Richmond, Ky., is looking for a reporter to join an experienced news staff. This key position requires a self-starter, and some weekend and night work is required...

Follow-up on EKU’s Podcast and Mini-Video studios

As was mentioned last week, The Eastern Progress Media Network has added a public relations office where students can work in advertising sales, campus engagement and development and fundraising. In addition to the opening of the public relations office, the Progress opened...

How many independently/individually-owned weeklies in Kentucky? Depends on your definition and what you want the answer to be

Al Cross and I have had this discussion before: How many weekly newspapers in Kentucky are independently owned? The answer is: What’s your definition of independently owned? Yeah, I know that’s answering a question with...

Local newspapers do more local journalism than TV, radio and online-only news outlets 

A new study from Duke University shows that local newspapers significantly outperform local TV, radio and digital media outlets, not only in terms of overall output, but also in terms of coverage that is truly...

In a buyer’s market for weeklies, where are the buyers?

By Al Cross, Director and professor, University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   Most days this summer, I have written a story about goings-on in Midway, a small Kentucky town where my...

Succeeding begins with serving your audience first

There are seven changes news organizations need to adopt to succeed during the reader revolution. Jim Brady, CEO of Spirited Media, lays them out in a recent post for RJI. They include: serving your audience...

Government Cybersecurity Bills Introduced in Nearly 3/4 of States in 2019

From LexisNexis, From National Conference of State Legislatures, LexisNexis State Net At least 37 states have introduced legislation this year dealing with the cybersecurity of government agencies, 24 of which have enacted such measures, according...

Will Government Ransomware Outbreak Spur More Legislation?

 By KOREY CLARK, From Lexis Nexis This year more than 70 state and local governments have been targeted by hackers that have locked up their computer systems and demanded ransoms to release them. A majority...