On Second Thought

My own Phyllis George (Brown) story

Ask me about my favorite memories so far with KPA, and at the top of the list would be an encounter with Phyllis George Brown. It happened in mid-October, 1983, just weeks after I started...

News-Graphic changing schedule; finds boom in online access

From the Georgetown News-Graphic When the COVID 19 pandemic hit Kentucky, newspapers saw advertising fall and as a result, many made changes in their production schedules. Georgetown News-Graphic publisher Mike Scogin was among the first...

Moomey joins Herald-Leader, Report for America project as Pikeville-based reporter

Replaces Will Wright who becomes reporting fellow with the New York Times Journalist Liz Moomey, who has covered politics, city and community issues at publications in North Carolina, will become the Lexington Herald-Leader’s new reporter...

Additions and deletions from last week’s On Second Thought

Going back to last week’s On Second Thought, a couple of notes on two of the articles. First, the one about the News Enterprise offering a special advertising program — dubbed Community Pandemic Relief Program...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, are subjects of IRJCI documentary to air on KET

 From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line...

Mississippi publisher to devote time to Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama CNHI newspapers

The Meridian (Mississippi) Star reported this week that its publisher, Bill Atkinson, has departed the newspaper to devote more of his time to sister newspapers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Meridian Star will soon...

Number 1 in another issue is not where Kentucky wants to be

You’ve heard Gov. Andy Beshear and you’ve seen the reports that Kentucky has more adults applying for unemployment than any other state. That’s not something to brag about. Now comes word from Feeding America that...

If you applied for a PPP loan before April 14, here’s an update from the Small Business Administration

From the National Newspaper Association The Small Business Administration has altered the application opportunities for small businesses structured as partnerships if they completed their loan applications prior to April 14.  As of that date, owners...

Poetry Unites picks Kentucky because it has been ‘a writerly state’ for generations

You can imagine we get lots and lots of press releases coming through email and normally many of them we can set aside as a “group or individual just wanting some free promotion.” One this...

‘Wolf in sheep’s clothing’ denied entry into Frankfort church service

From the Frankfort State-Journal: Editor’s note: The 40th paragraph of this article was edited at 7 p.m. on May 14th, after editors’ review of a video recording, to more accurately describe a reporter’s exchange with...

kentucky.com stories now come with ‘Listen to This Article’ option

From Peter Baniak, General Manager/Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader, kentucky.com Listen up! No really. Starting at the end of April, all 30 McClatchy markets, including kentucky.com with the Lexington Herald-Leader, introduced an audio version of every online...

ForwardKY urging readers to financially support state’s daily, weekly, university newspapers

ForwardKY publisher Bruce Maples has been making articles from ForwardKY available to newspapers, after KPA shut down the Kentucky Press News Service. Bruce isn’t bashful about his support for journalism, especially journalism in Kentucky. In...

Our Hometown hosting free virtual conference on donations, subscriptions during COVID-19

From Matt Larson, CEO, Our Hometown Our Hometown has scheduled a virtual conference to discuss ‘Donations and Subscriptions’ During the COVID-19Pandemic. The virtual conference will be at 1 p.m. Eastern/12 noon Central on Friday, May...

News Enterprise ad program helping businesses get back on their feet

As Kentucky began a phased reopening of businesses this week, The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown introduced a Community Pandemic Relief Program to help locally owned businesses get back on their feet. The paper is providing one...

Kentucky News Group launches Rowan County News to fill a void on public notices

Some two weeks ago, CNHI shut down four of its northeast Kentucky weeklies, including the Morehead News. The News has been an award-winning newspaper and was located on the edge of Morehead State University campus...

Looking for a Kentucky-based editorial cartoonist?

From time to time, newspapers call or email asking about any editorial cartoonists who might be in syndication that they can use for their editorial pages. Typically, the answer is, “No, we’re not aware of...

Americans support COVID-19 relief for local news

By Jeffrey M. Jones, Knight Foundation The economic slowdown affecting the U.S. is worsening an already perilous financial situation for local news organizations, especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect...

Mountains of vital stories about the coronavirus are hidden in public records

By Alex Mahadevan, Poynter Institute Covering a crisis — particularly one the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic — means pushing out daily stories and providing minute-by-minute updates on infections, deaths, closures and cancellations. But eventually,...

Cuomo uses ‘power’ to suspend newspaper notices in favor of agencies posting online

From the Public Notice Resource Center Before it approved a budget in the early morning hours and left Albany last month as the coronavirus first struck the state with full force, the New York legislature...

U.S. House looks to expand news media’s eligibility for small business loans

The House is expected to introduce a bill in the next week to expand news outlets’ eligibility for small business loans (The Wall Street Journal) Under the current eligibility rules for the Paycheck Protection Program, newspapers...