On Second Thought

It’s ‘President Sharon’ now

Sharon Burton, publisher of the Adair County Community Voice and Farmer’s Pride in Columbia, took over as 2021 President of the Kentucky Press Association Friday. The exchange of the gavel took place on the same...

Your 2021 KPA Board of Directors

 

Photos from first in-person Board meeting in a year

 

Make public affairs coverage relevant and timely

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer How many newsrooms have received complaints about coverage of local public affairs – specifically meetings? It might be the city council, school board, county board or one of the numerous...

One Kentucky record tradition keeps on during Jan. 20 Inauguration

(Editor’s Note: Former Lexington Herald and Louisville Courier-Journal sportswriter Mike Ruehling, who served as press secretary for Sen. Wendell Ford for part of his time in office, was quite involved in planning a Presidential Inauguration....

Postage increase goes into effect Sunday

The National Newspaper Association is reminding newspapers that USPS rates will increase this coming Sunday. Most publishers will automatically see updates through their postal software. New Periodicals rates are available here: https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#_c180

My sister had to do some reading; I wanted to make her but then she already had done it

My sister, Anne, is on a public agency board in New Haven, KY. We were talking last week and she told me she had to think of me and Open Meetings and Open Records. I...

FCC seeks public comments by January 24 on broadband project

The FCC is seeking public comment on how to best administer a new $3.2 billion emergency broadband benefit program to assist consumers  with broadband internet costs during the current COVID-19 emergency.  The  program is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and aims to provide consumers with up to $50 a month,...

The KPA Freedom of Information Hotline is there. USE IT!

You just had a call from an attorney for the subject of a Letter to the Editor. The attorney said the letter was published with reckless disregard, contained a number of untruths and is threatening...

Deaths in Kentucky up 6,000 over previous two years, with 55,064 total; 12.7 percent increase

Midway through the year, after a friend asked if any newspaper had done research on the total number of deaths in Kentucky during the COVID-19 year in 2020. Not that I knew of but I...

January 15 (today) is deadline for Journalism Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted until January 15, 2021. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have made a significant connection to Kentucky and have been...

From the Rural Blog: We can’t let lies, mistrust and bad faith fester; we must speak the truth, stand up for it and have respectful dialogue

  The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week was driven by a mistaken belief, generated by President Trump and his allies, that the election was stolen from him. Millions of the president’s supporters believe this lie, so...

Large crowd gathered for June 8, 1923, KPA Convention in Bowling Green

Patti Cross attended an auction in the pre-pandemic days and came away with a photo of the Kentucky Press Association convention in 1923. The photo is dated June 4, and shows a large crowd of...

With threats of violence, NNA urges journalists to use extreme caution

Law enforcement and intelligence authorities are issuing cautions for public safety during the week ahead as the nation may experience civil unrest, noting that journalists should take extra care. Among steps to take: Do not...

Enterprise’s Emily Sargent elected secretary of Harlan Chamber of Commerce

We don’t know that any records exist to dispute this but it’s possible at age 20, Emily Sargent is the youngest, but certainly one of the youngest, people to serve as a member of a...

Top Shelf Lobby’s Week in Review – 2021 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly

Friday, January 15, 2021 The 2021 General Assembly got off to a quick and active start last week, as the House and Senate both convened their chambers and members began introducing legislation. This being the...

Newspapers challenge removal of rate cap established by Congress

Postal Regulatory Commission Order Could Lead to Postage Increases of 45 Percent Over Five Years, Representing Existential Threat to Newspapers By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance Arlington, VA – Tuesday the News Media Alliance and...

Toolkit provides media with best messaging practices on COVID-19 vaccine education

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) announced Thursday the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with...

Obituary: John O’Neal Jones, former editor of the Fulton Leader and Hickman Courier

Past President of the West Kentucky Press Association John O’Neal Jones, age 64, of Hendersonville, TN and formerly of South Fulton, TN died peacefully at home on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on...

US Department of Labor clarifies independent contractor rules

(Editor’s Note: In the 2014 General Assembly, KPA had the state law changed to show that newspaper carriers are no longer employees of a newspaper and are considered independent contractors for purposes of unemployment insurance...