On Second Thought

Working from home, locking the doors, reducing days, positions: Members hope this is not the new ‘normal’

We had asked a couple of weeks ago for changes newspapers are making to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. We had a few responses and passed those along to Peter Baniak for his story shared...

Gracie and Zeke get in on the act of spreading Andy Beshear’s messages

Meet Gracie and Zeke, who belong to KPA Vice President Regina Catlett and serve as the mascots of the Sebree Banner and Sturgis News  Hit the arrow to play messages from Gracie and then Zeke....

General Assembly passes amended HB 351 with language on Public Notice Advertising

Two years ago, when it adopted the state budget through June 30, 2020, the legislature took a different approach on Public Notice Advertising. Since it had not been successful in moving legislation that would allow...

Front page makes the front window of local pharmacy

Last week, we made available to all members the makings of a front page. Using an example from some newspapers in the United Kingdom, the Chattanooga Times Free Press designed a similar front page and...

Forward Kentucky/Bruce Maples taking action to help out news media financially

This project is courtesy of Bruce Maples, publisher of Forward Kentucky, an online newspaper member of KPA. His effort is not limited to any area of the state; he’s hoping news media statewide benefit from...

Voting from their cars! Legislature suspends the rules but takes action on bills from a distance

  Sparse numbers in the chambers, legislators sitting outside in their vehicles, others finding a quiet place in their office to monitor what was going on on the third floor of the Capitol. That’s where...

Bowling Green Daily News eliminates Saturday print edition; Corbin, London, Georgetown eliminate one publication day; Maysville goes to two print days per week

Changes by Georgetown, Maysville are temporary The Bowling Green Daily News announced last week that it is no longer printing a Saturday edition. Saturday, March 28 was the final Saturday for its printed edition. That...

SurfKYNews ceases publication

WESTERN KENTUCKY (3/31/20) — Today, we bid farewell to SurfKY News. It is a sad day and we thank the many, many people that have expressed their appreciation since our announcement two weeks ago. From...

Black history maker: Merv Aubespin, veteran journalist, award-winning author

From the The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, published in the Louisville Courier Journal Editor’s Note: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will provide The Courier Journal with history maker features biweekly for...

Pulse Research offers ‘2020 Covid-19 Impact and Local Business Survey’ to newspapers

From Pulse Research for KPA Member Newspapers The survey will run during this period of uncertainty with regular updates of the results for ANA members and their local businesses. This survey takes less than 30...

In waning hours of March 26, General Assembly makes temporary changes to Open Meetings/Records laws

Changes are in place only during ‘pendency’ of a state emergency This went out by email to all editors this morning but it’s certainly important enough to use in On Second Thought. In the waning...

Front page sent to all newspapers mimics effort in United Kingdom

It didn’t take long for a front page effort by about two dozen newspapers in the United Kingdom to make its rounds in the U.S. Press associations across the country were sharing links to the...

Kentucky newspapers have all the angles covered when it comes to keeping their communities informed

Earlier this week, we asked KPA newspapers what all they are doing or have planned in operating during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are responses from several around the state, Chris Evans, The Crittenden Press, Marion,...

Governor’s Executive Order lists ‘Media’ as life-sustaining business

After much hand-wringing by publishers, editors and ad managers on whether actions by Gov. Andy Beshear would allow newspapers to stay open, written confirmation came mid-week that newspapers and other media were “life-sustaining” businesses and...

ASL interpreter an overnight sensation on Governor’s Press Conferences

And Virginia Moore has a newspaper connection There’s a newspaper connection with Virginia Moore, the American Sign Language interpreter who’s been next to, but socially distanced, when Gov. Andy Beshear has had his late afternoon...

Daily press conferences will have limited media space; livestream on your website

From the Governor’s Office Effective Thursday, March 26, to further limit the possible spread of COVID-19 and bolster social distancing efforts during Gov. Beshear’s news conferences, space in Room 110 of the Capitol will temporarily...

KPA Office is open

Jeff Moreland returns as regional editor for some Boone Newspapers in Kentucky

Jeff Moreland, former general manager/editor of the Central Kentucky News Journal in Campbellsville and the Springfield Sun, took time away from the newspaper business but soon realized his love for community news and has returned....

Meade County publisher subpoenaed by Grand Jury to reveal identity of ‘anonymous columnist’

On March 9, the publisher of the Meade County Messenger, Rena Singleton, was subpoenaed to appear before the Meade County Grand Jury at 9 a.m. on April 13 to reveal the identity of Conrad Doyle,...

NMA surveys pandemic impact on newspapers

The News Media Alliance is encouraging all newspapers, including KPA members, to respond to its survey for information on how the pandemic has affected your operations. NMA will use the collected data to guide its...