On Second Thought

Making history: For the first time in KPA’s 151 years, a non-print newspaper has a vote on KPA business

When a Board member leaves, as Cathie Shaffer at the Greenup County News-Times had to do when her newspaper was shut down in May, KPA is required to conduct a Special Election. That’s done to...

Community Journalists vs. COVID-19: There’s a Facebook group for that

And you’re invited to join. Some of your Kentucky newspaper colleagues have already done so. Jacquelin Bennett, customer experience representative for the Lewis County Press in St. Louis, MO, started the group and explains: “My...

Candidates using KPS for campaign advertising go 3-for-3 in races

The Kentucky Press Service placed political advertising for three candidates in the June 23 primary and all three came away with victories. Josh Branscum, Robert Conley and Amy McGrath all used KPS for placing advertising...

New laws passed by the 2020 legislature go into effect next week

From the Legislative Research Commission FRANKFORT — Most new laws approved during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly will go into effect on Wednesday, July 15. That means voters will be asked...

Public Notices now required to have payment disclosure thanks to the General Assembly

Not surprisingly, the 2020 session included legislation on Public Notices and whether those should be published in newspapers or allowed to be published solely on government websites. Unlike most legislation that will take effect this...

Murray State News plans for the Fall; KIPA Conference to be held virtually in late August

From Stephanie Anderson, Adviser, Murray State News The Murray State News will resume printing of the weekly paper in August when school is back in session. Gage Johnson, who is interning for the Kentucky New...

New Herald-Leader owners must ‘invest in our community,’ Lexington mayor writes to judge

Mayor Gorton complimentary of the Herald-Leader: ‘While it’s not always comfortable, it’s always important to challenge the decisions cities make, and to deeply examine the actions of government.’   By Morgan Eads, Lexington Herald-Leader The...

Sentinel-Echo, Times-Tribune delete another day

          Back at the end of April, the London Sentinel-Echo and the Corbin Times Tribune announced the two sister publications would be deleting one day a week from the publications schedule....

Facebook post surpasses 20,200 People Reached

The post early last week on Democracy’s Most Important Documents — the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and a Free Press attained a new People Reached mark for KPA — passing 20,200 Thursday morning. There...

Legislative panel focuses on police body cameras

(Editor’s Note: During his testimony, Kentucky League of Cities executive director J.D. Chaney noted the success of legislation in 2018 that addressed police body cams. He mentioned the groups involved, including the Kentucky Press Association,...

Into the News: Amid bad news, a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but here’s an idea

By Al Cross Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is director of the University of...

NAM Project: It’s all ‘Relevance’ and ads show strength of readership

(Editor’s Note: The Relevance Project is sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers whose press associations represent collectively more than 8,500 newspapers in North America.) Part II of the NEWSPAPER POWER Campaign starts a series of...

D.C. City Council votes to devastate local news, advertising agencies with 3% advertising tax

Members of the MDDC (Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia) Press Association, MDCD Broadcasters Association and the American Advertising Federation, DC join together against the actions of the D.C. City Council, which voted in favor of...

Attacks continue on Press Freedom; comparing numbers in 2020

Number of attacks in 2020   Number of attacks in 2020 through May 29   From the Committee to Protect Journalists Local and state authorities in the U.S. must stop targeting journalists and media workers...

The Courier Journal wins 60+ SPJ Awards

By Kathryn Gregory, Louisville Courier Journal The Courier Journal won numerous awards Thursday night at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Pro Chapter 2020 awards ceremony, including Journalist of the Year, awarded to Courier...

Defying forecasts, newspapers have retained public notices (and they’ve grown ever more critical to small papers’ survival)

With three-fourths of advertising dollars to U.S. newspapers dried up, public notices have become a dominant share of their income By David Westpahl   A decade ago, in the midst of a dramatic decline in...

Newsletter format taking on new level of relevance and it’s not just because of COVID

From Jennifer Nelson, Reynolds Journalism Institute If, back in 2015, you had to choose a single format to be the centerpiece of a successful digital media strategy, chances are you wouldn’t have picked email. But...

Peter Wagner: Everything little is big today

When my wife Connie and I founded our first publication, The Golden Shopper, we were still in the first year of our marriage. It was October 3, 1962. Our little town of Sibley had less...

Webinar: Think COVID flattened your classifieds? Think again

Think COVID Flattened Your Classifieds? Think Again DEADLINE MONDAY, July 13 Thursday, July 16 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT • 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT Presenter: Janet DeGeorge of Classified Executive Training & Consulting Newspapers have weathered many challenges,...

Webinar: Keeping up with digital trends in 2020

Keeping Up With Digital Trends in 2020 Thursday, July 23 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT Presenter: Tyson Bird of Texas Highways Magazine At the start of this year, Tyson identified 16 digital trends to...