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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Just a reminder that the KPA Central Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 – 29 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, December 2.

Monday is deadline for KPA Vice President votes

We’re down to the final days of voting for the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Vice President. Monday, November 25, is the deadline for publishers/general managers to return the ballot(s) sent to their newspaper(s). Each newspaper...

KPA planning on photo coverage of 2019 Inauguration Parade, swearing in

Just as it did in 2007, 2011 and 2015, the Kentucky Press Association is planning on photo coverage of the 2019 Inauguration parade and swearing-in ceremonies for Andy Beshear. The swearing-in ceremonies will include a...

Jamie Paxton named president, CEO of Paxton Media Group

Paducah, KY – Paxton Media Group announced that Jamie Paxton has been named President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020.  He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years.  David...

Kevin Slimp needs your help with his latest survey on digital platforms

Kevin Slimp is taking on a new survey idea and needs your help. The responses will be kept confidential but I would imagine Kevin will share the results with all state press associations and we’ll...

Commentary: White House defense suffers from lack of teamwork

By John Schaaf John Schaaf of Georgetown is a retired attorney, and he can be reached at John.Schaaf1975@gmail.com   The impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved into a new phase in...

‘New’ Gannett mixes some old key executives with New Media officials to head new company

From USA Today Gannett on Wednesday named a mix of leaders from the old Gannett and its acquirer, New Media Investment Group, to lead the media company. Mike Reed will serve as CEO of the newly...

Top 6 trends for more revenue and engagement in 2020

By Matt Coen, President and Co-Founder, Second Street Every year your media company sets a goal around revenue and engagement for the upcoming year. 2020 is the year to set your goals higher than ever...

New Media, Gannett shareholders approve media merger deal

By Bob Sechler, GateHouse Media     The two biggest newspaper chains in the country are on the verge of combining after shareholders of both gave green lights to the $1.13 billion deal Thursday morning. New...

Knight Foundation study looks at price tag for local news

A crisis faces local newsrooms across the nation. News publishers have, for over a decade, competed with search engines and digital platforms, not only for their readers’ attention, but also for advertising revenue. At the...

Jay Nolan turns over the reins of the Mountain Advocate to focus on Nolan Group Media

From Jay Nolan, Publisher, The Mountain Advocate (and 2019 KPA President) After 11 years leading the Advocate, it’s time for me to step aside and let others in our organization expand their wings! I can...

Hall of Fame nominations due December 31; induction luncheon will be March 31, 2020

Nominations are being accepted through December 31, 2019, for the 2020 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame class. The induction will take place March 31, at the Gatton Student Center on the University of Kentucky campus....

With a big push, more newspapers have completed the 2020 Rate and Data form

The deadline came November 12 and publishers/GMs/ad directors got a “Please” email from KPA. Please go to www.kypress.com/ratesheet and fill out your 2020 form, even if you can’t give us advertising rates for 2020 yet....

Eligible newspapers have until January 3 to apply for 2020 internship program

Publishers of some 85 KPA member newspapers eligible for a 2020 summer intern through the Kentucky Journalism Foundation have received information about beginning the application process. For newspapers, only those participating in the Kentucky Statewide...

McClatchy ending Saturday print edition at all its dailies

Following up on the announcement recently that the Lexington Herald-Leader will be stopping its print issue on Saturday, McClatchy has announced a company-wide ceasing of Saturday editions at all of its daily newspapers. McClatchy announced...

RCFP/CPJ’s ‘Protect Press Freedom’ campaign includes over 30 media, technology, nonprofit partners

By Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press “Protect Press Freedom” campaign media partners include Barron’s, CBS, Comcast-NBC Universal, CNN, Facebook, Gannett|USA TODAY NETWORK, The Los Angeles Times, McClatchy, The New York Times, NPR, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting,...

Ideas from all over shared during Great Ideas Exchange at NNA Convention

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky In explaining my work, I sometimes say that there are thousands of really good journalists in rural America, but all too often they...

Women in Journalism Workshop 2020

From the Reynolds Journalism Institute The Women in Journalism Workshop at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry...

As Trump impeachment inquiry moves to public hearings you can stay up with news to use, either paid or free

From Michael Kirby, Managing Editor, Federal Network First known to the public for its work during the Clinton impeachment, Federal Network is pleased to announce a new tool for the news industry as the current process...

Publishers should be aware of the shifting legal interpretations of ADA

By Tonda Rush, NNA General Counsel Q: I am being told our website might not be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act because visually impaired people cannot read it. Can we be sued? What...