On Second Thought

The final count: 2,863 entries for News and Ad contests, smallest in 26 years; $20,041 in revenue

It’ll go down as the smallest KPA contest in at least a quarter of a century. Just edging out the 1994 contest. The 2020 KPA Ad and KPA News contests deadline was last Friday and...

Deadlines today: Nominations for KPA Vice President; Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8 on KPA Board

It’s the time of year when KPA begins preparing for the following year and one of those duties is electing the next  KPA Vice President. We’re still in a fairly new process, adopted in January...

Nov. 2 is deadline to submit nominations for James Madison First Amendment Award

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media is accepting nominations for the James Madison Award, which recognizes those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to...

Bluegrass SPJ holds panel discussion on covering the COVID-19 pandemic

The world’s biggest story in 75 years is also a local story for everyone: the coronavirus pandemic. It has posed special challenges for news organizations at a time when they were already challenged: the politicization...

SERNAM has its own virtual Fall Conference

Since November, 1984, in a snowstorm in Guntersville Lake State Park near Fort Payne, AL, executive directors from the southeastern states have gathered annually for a Fall Conference. SERNAM — Southeast Regional Newspaper Association Managers...

New study will assess the financial state of college newspapers

From the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) announced it has received a $30,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to study the financial state of...

RJI accepting fellowships for ‘innovative projects’

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting fellowship applications proposing innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future. Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing...

‘1 for All’ helping to build understanding, respect for First Amendment’s five freedoms

The Free Speech Center — 1 for All is a national nonpartisan and nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. At a time of deep partisanship in...

Pandemic no excuse for lazy reporting

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Editors and reporters are facing some of their biggest challenges in gathering news during the pandemic. Access to everyday sources is increasingly limited with no relief on the horizon. Reporters...

Election-related advertising should reach $1 million through KPS

Election-related advertising during the 2020 cycle has reached $922,000, by far the most election-related advertising ever placed for KPA members through Kentucky Press Service. On the horizon, there are several other placements expected that should...

Nominations due October 23 for 2021 KPA VP

It’s the time of year when KPA begins preparing for the following year and one of those duties is electing the next  KPA Vice President. We’re still in a fairly new process, adopted in January...

Contest deadline upon us; entries, income down but number of newspapers registering is up

As the KPA contests deadline draws ever nigh, the list of registered newspapers keeps growing. About a dozen have been added since early Thursday, putting us now at 72 newspapers. And I would imagine more...

January 2021 Winter Convention? Don’t bet on it

Got an email from the Marriott East this week about the 2021 January convention. The email was the room reservation form that we share with all members so you can make your plans to attend....

It’s election season across the land and KPA joins in with four Board seats to fill

The Kentucky Press Association is starting toward filling four district seats on the Board of Directors as terms come to an end. Terms end in January for Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8. The three-year...

The Northerner, NKY Tribune partner on special election guide

The Northerner partnered with The Northern Kentucky Tribune on a special local election guide. Michele Day, Journalism Program Director/Student Media Adviser at Northern, said the students are “pretty excited about the results” and wanted to...

‘Zoom Café: Covering the Capitol: May You Live in Interesting Times’ discussion on Oct. 19

Editor’s Note: This Zoom Café event is sponsored by The Northern Kentucky Forum, which is a collaboration of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the Boone County Public Library, the Campbell County Public Library,...

James Madison Award nominations being accepted by First Amendment Center

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media is accepting nominations for the James Madison Award, which recognizes those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to...

‘Covering The Pandemic’ program for journalists Thursday, Oct. 22, sponsored by Bluegrass SPJ

Society of Professional Journalists Bluegrass Chapter to hold online panel discussion; registration required   The world’s biggest story in 75 years is also a local story for everyone: the coronavirus pandemic. It has posed special...

October 19 – 25: It’s Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week (FSW) takes place during the third full week of October annually. This year it will be observed October 19-25, 2020. Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness...

County Ethics Codes a variety of requirements and enforcement; one-fourth of counties have no appointed members of local ethics boards

Editor’s Note: Really this news release has nothing to do with KPA or the newspaper business. But then, actually it does. It’s HUGE news when you think that the legislature directed counties to have a...