An Open Letter to KPA members, reference 2022 KPA Winter Convention

As of this morning, a grand total of 40 people had registered for the convention or reserved a seat at the awards banquet.    Dear fellow KPA members, It’s that time of year when we...

Make your room reservations today — as in NOW! — for 2022 KPA Winter Convention

You looked outside today, saw the white stuff covering the ground and you immediately thought that it must be time for the 2022 KPA Winter Convention. Appropriately named. The convention is just two weeks away,...

The good, the bad, the fun, the sad: After some 45 years, Jack Brammer retires from covering state government

By Jack Brammer JBRAMMER@HERALD-LEADER.COM Editors Note: Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, retired Dec. 30. He had worked for the newspaper since...

Legislature gavels in 2022 Kentucky General Assembly

The 60-day legislative session got underway Tuesday, January 4 and has been going full speed throughout the week. Despite the governor shutting down state government for Friday because of the snow storm that hit the...

Special Election underway in District 6

KPA is approaching the deadline for nominations for its District 6 Board member. The special election was required when Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era and Henry County Local, was elected 2022 KPA...

An ‘old hat’ returns to the news biz

By Phyllis Codling McLaughlin New year, new job. This week I officially took over as editor of the Oldham Era, and I’m very excited about it. More so than I expected, honestly. Journalism, especially community...

Into the Issues: AP lets non-member weeklies republish its investigative story about 2020 election fraud

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues  Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly...

As the New Year begins, take inventory, prepare calendar

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Jim Pumarlo is former editor of the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. He writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A...

Visitation Thursday, services Friday for Betty Berryman; numerous personnel changes made as 2021 draws to a close

We continue mourning the death of 1986 KPA President Betty Berryman who passed away Christmas morning in Winchester. She was well-respected within the industry and in her Winchester community where she had served as general...

Here’s wishing a Happy and Prosperous New Year for you and your newspaper

Your KPA Central Office will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021 and Monday, January 3, 2022. We’ll be back in operation on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, as we welcome the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly for...

Baptism by fire? Sounds like Taylor West’s first 2 weeks on the job with Mayfield Messenger

A few days ago, we got a note from Areia Hathcock, general manager at the Mayfield Messenger that they’ve hired a new reporter and she needed a media pass. So we mailed that to the...

Western Kentucky tornadoes should remind you to plan for a disaster

My colleague Mark Thomas at Oklahoma Press Association, in Oklahoma City, updated state press association folks on the Moore and other Oklahoma tornadoes. The OPA staff is all okay and Mark is assessing how his...

Contest winners have been announced. Kinda

We don’t ever release much information about who won what in the KPA Ad Contest and KPA News Contest but we do let you know names of staff members who won at least a First,...

Reminder: Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame nominations accepted through January 15, 2022

Just a reminder. Nominations for the 2022 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted now through January 15, 2022. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have made a significant connection to...

Obituary: Mountain Citizen sports editor Ronnie Hickman passes away

From The Mountain Citizen, Inez It is with a heavy heart that The Mountain Citizen announces our beloved friend, colleague and Mountain Citizen sports editor Ronnie Hickman has passed away. He died Wednesday evening from...

Manchester sports editor thankful to be alive after speeding pickup runs over him

Tanner Hoskins wasn’t at his regular job with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Nor as the sports editor of the Manchester Enterprise because he didn’t have any athletic events to cover. So he was focusing...

AP allowing weeklies to use links and sidebar on exhaustive research about 2020 election

From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen. That’s not true, The Associated Press concluded after exhaustive investigations in the six most closely decided states....

Color-coded lanyards indicate lobbyists’ interactions with legislators, LRC staff, visitors

Beginning immediately, the Legislative Research Commission is initiating new security badges for lobbyists and others. Lobbyists have long used the state-issued badges to be able to bypass sign-in desks at entrances to the Capitol and...

Offers of help pouring in — from newspapers, state press associations, Belarus

A short time after posting some initial photos of the devastation from last week’s storms and particularly the photo by the Herald-Leader’s Ryan Hermens showing the Mayfield Messenger building, expressions of sadness and concern and...

Holiday schedule for KPA Central Office

With both Christmas and New Year’s falling on Saturdays, it kinda messes with normal work schedules. But here’s the work schedule for the KPA Central Office for the next two weeks. The office will be...