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Kentucky cartoonist contributes to National Newspaper Week

Terry C. Wise, a Kentucky self-syndicated editorial cartoonist, submitted a cartoon for National Newspaper Week and it will be included in the materials. National Newspaper Week is October 4-10 but materials are already in the...

Making some good extra revenue (can you say $6,500 a year?) is as easy as 1-2-5

One day soon, somebody’s gonna contact your office and want to sell their RV or houseboat or a farm or they’re having an estate auction. Maybe it’s a local company looking to place a Help...

Newspapers given chance to encourage readers to #MaskUpKentucky

    Newspapers have been encouraged to participate in a Public Service Announcement statewide campaign on getting Kentuckians to mask up. The state prepared a version of its #MaskUpKy campaign for newspapers to use during...

Edison Research looking for ‘County Vote Reporters’ in nearly 50 Kentucky counties for general election vote totals

From Edison Research While you may already be working for us on Election day, I wanted to reach out everyone in Kentucky about openings we have for the General Election on November 3, 2020. Currently, we...

Into the Issues: ‘Get more revenue from your audience’ is new maxim

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...

Sam Draut named editor of The Oldham Era

From the Oldham Era The Oldham Era sports editor Sam Draut has been named the editor for the newspaper. Draut, a graduate of Louisville Male High School and the University of Louisville, has served at...

School newspapers: A project worth saving

By Charles Myrick, General Manager/Editor, Mountain Advocate Barbourville With the new school year starting for both Barbourville Independent and Knox County Public Schools, a couple of familiar items have made their way back into the...

There’s a good reason to tell the stories of harm caused by social media

By Tom Silvestri, The Relevance Project   Tom Silvestri is executive director of the Newspaper Association Managers’ Relevance Project, which advocates for community newspapers. He retired Dec. 31 after 15 years as the president and...

Washington judge issues nationwide injunctions blocking PMG ‘unlawful’ policies delaying mail

From the Washington State Attorney General’s Office YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal judge in Yakima, Wash., Thursday granted Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to grant a nationwide injunction forcing the U.S. Postal Service to...

Society of Professional Journalists has updated the Journalist’s toolbox

Society of Professional Journalists has updated the Journalist’s toolboxRecent updates include:• ICFJ: Nine Remote Interviewing Tips for Journalists• Paul Bradshaw: Angles for Your Next Data Story• Surveillance Self-Defense: The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self-Defense guide...

Please Mr. Postman

Editor’s Note: Patrick Wood, CEO of Multi Media Channels, Waupaca, Wisconsin, and a member of the National Newspaper Association Congressional Action Team, published the following letter to his readers, asking them to encourage Congress to...

Amid pandemic and protests, Americans know much more about their rights

Annenberg survey finds major increases in civics knowledge PHILADELPHIA – In a period defined by an impeachment inquiry, a pandemic, nationwide protests over racial injustice, and a contentious presidential campaign, Americans’ knowledge of their First...

For 2020 high school sports, one warning: DO NOT SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED!

High school football and other fall sports are on the horizon. It’s one of the most anticipated seasons ever. We’re hoping it signals the start to more of what we’re used to, a somewhat return...

Becky Barnes wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

Cynthiana Democrat editor was ready to cover covid-19 and set a national example when she did Becky Barnes, editor of The Cynthiana Democrat, is the 2020 winner of the Al Smith Award for public service...

Deadline to file USPS Statement of Ownership is October 1; fill out the Rate Information Form, too

Paid newspaper members: The deadline to complete and file your annual U.S. Postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526) with your postmaster is Oct. 1. This form must be published in your newspaper...

10 registered for contest, 1 has submitted entries

With some five weeks before the deadline to enter the 2020 KPA News and Advertising contests, 10 newspapers have registered and one has submitted entries. Gaye Bencini at the Hickman County Times was the first...

Kevin Smith: Add Winchester, Nicholasville, Stanford, Middlesboro, Harlan to his new role

Last week, we gave a Shoutout to Kevin Smith who just arrived in Kentucky to serve as publisher of The Advocate Messenger in Danville. Then earlier this week came a clip that the same Kevin...

State-Journal subscribers answer the call during pandemic; publisher gives a push to Local Journalism Sustainability Act

By Steve Stewart, Publisher, Frankfort State-Journal Back in March when COVID-19 began battering the economy, including small businesses like The State Journal, many of you asked how you could help your hometown newspaper weather the...

Judge: City officials have to testify publicly in Taylor and McAtee cases, and protests

Editor’s Note: The Kentucky Press Association general counsels Jon Fleischaker, Michael Abate and Casey Hinkle prepared and filed an amicus brief in this case at the request of the Metro Council. KPA’s brief is attached...

TicketsAtWork has loads of opportunities even during the pandemic

TicketsAtWork is a KPA member benefit we’ve been offering the last three or four years. Frequently, the benefit is for amusement parks, travel and family-oriented outings. But with the COVID-19 so prevalent, TicketsAtWork still offers...