On Second Thought

Competition for local advertising dollars never ends as clubs, organizations discover sales value

This part of On Second Thought is a sidebar to the item on “NASCAR like?” It brings to mind a few complaints I’ve received in 2019, with an additional three or four in years before...

NASCAR like? If House Bill passes, state vehicles could look like NASCAR, properties could have ‘naming right’

If House Bill 160 makes it through the chambers and gets signed by the governor, state vehicles might start looking like they belong in NASCAR. Think of all the advertising on those vehicles. Here, take...

A response on House Bill 195 to the Legislative Research Commission

Earlier this week, I received an email from an “analyst” in the Legislative Research Commission asking if KPA is aware of House Bill 195, what KPA’s position is on HB 195 and how would it...

Promoting public notices, and the newspaper-sponsored kypublicnotice.com website, is vital

Public Notice: An American Tradition is an easy-to-read public policy briefing pamphlet that has been widely used by city and county governments, legislators and newspaper executives seeking to understand the proper role of newspaper notice, particularly in...

It’s (almost) Convention Time in the Bluegrass

This time next week, we’ll be in the second day of the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention. It begins Thursday, January 23, with a Board meeting and the KPA Ad Awards banquet that even...

One-fourth of KPA members had circulation increases in 2019

Okay, maybe it’s not earth shaking numbers but to the naysayers who talk about newspaper circulation cascading downward, raspberries to you! In checking circulation numbers for 2018 over 2019, at least one-fourth of our 145...

Shoutout: Bobbie Foust to receive Lifetime Achievement award from Kentucky Lake Chamber

From the Lake News, Calvert City Lifelong journalist, editor and newspaper woman Bobbie Foust has been named the Lifetime Achievement award winner by the Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce and she along with other award...

Will press associations survive when local papers need them more than ever?

By Peter Wagner “By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall,” wrote Pennsylvanian activist John Dickinson in 1768. Those words held true for the American colonies then and hold true for our free and paid...

McConnell adds name as co-sponsor to Journalism Competition, Preservation Act

Add Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell to the list of co-sponsors of S 1700, the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” (JCPA) with the appreciation of the News Media Alliance. The bill would provide a limited safe harbor...

National Newspaper Association applauds progress on Fallen Journalists Memorial

By Tonda Rush, NNA General Counsel National Newspaper Association President Matt Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, today recognized the work of the House Natural Resources Committee for approving the first stages of work...

The gavel barely banged when the first Public Notice Advertising bill was introduced

Bang! The Boom! Public Notice Advertising bill introduced in first 30 minutes of session Not long after House Speaker David Osborne called the House of Representatives to order on opening day of the 2020 General...

House Bill 195 headed to Local Government Committee

House Bill 195 on Public Notice Advertising has been assigned to the House Local Government Committee. The committee list is below and if you have a State Rep on the committee, we ask you to...

Need we say more? Pulse Research surveyed Kentuckians in 2017 and this is the result of a Public Notice question

Pulse Legals

Carrie Dillard resigns as 2020 treasurer and as State At-Large Board member

Carrie Dillard, editor of the Paducah Sun, has submitted her resignation as 2020 KPA treasurer and as a State At-Large Board member. Carrie, who also served 2018 and 2019 as an At-Large member, had been...

Change comes to the Herald-Leader tomorrow with digital-only Saturdays

By Peter Baniak, Editor and General Manager, The Lexington Herald-Leader In my nearly 11 years as editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one constant has been change. Change in every part of the news business, which...

Deadlines! They are approaching!!

You know deadlines because you live by them. And there are a couple of 2020 KPA Winter Convention deadlines you need to adhere to. Please? ROOM RESERVATIONS — With thanks to the staff at the...

District 3 Special Election underway

KPA is starting a Special Election in District 3 with a letter and nomination form mailed to the publisher of each member newspaper in the district that includes Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster...

Some staff changes at the Jessamine Journal; Randy Patrick returning is part of it

From Mike Caldwell, Publisher, Bluegrass Newsmedia More faces at The Jessamine Journal means more news for readers. Veteran editor and newspaper leader Whitney Leggett will take over for outgoing editor Brittany Fuller, who left to...

Enquirer returns to traditional newspaper (broadsheet) format

By Beryl Love, Executive Editor The Enquirer’s print edition returned to a larger, more traditional newspaper format as the new year began. Why, you ask? Simple. We are changing locations where the paper is printed...

J.D. Chaney named League of Cities Executive Director/CEO

Following its December Executive Board of Directors meeting, KLC President and Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf said the Board had unanimously selected J.D. Chaney, the organization’s Deputy Executive Director, to immediately assume the role of Executive...