On Second Thought

Internship deadline would have been today but program has been suspended until 2022

With a change made 18 months ago in the KPA internship program, today would have been the normal deadline for students to submit applications for the summer 2021 program. The KPA Board moved the deadline...

Readying for James Madison Day, State Education Commissioner inviting interviews

We’re just three weeks from celebrating James Madison’s birthday. Madison, of course, the fourth president of the U.S., is recognized as the Father of the Constitution. His birthday is March 16. State Education Commissioner Jason...

Obituary: Duanne Puckett, former editor of the Shelbyville Sentinel-News

Duanne Bondurant Puckett, 70 passed away on February 21.  She was a native of Shelbyville, the third daughter of Jesse and Ella Puckett, who preceded her in death. Duanne “married” a wheelchair in 1967, following...

Relevance Project touts KPA report from pandemic. Up next?

David: I thought KPA’s COVID report on KY newspapers was outstanding. Such a smart move that I thought your NAM colleagues should follow you. Take a bow, TAS   For the sake of our future,...

Madisonville, Dawson Springs combine into one Thursday edition

From the Madisonville Messenger   Beginning with yesterday’s edition of the paper, The Messenger and The Dawson Springs Progress will be a combined issue on Thursdays of each week. The move will provide more countywide...

Irby-Jones named ‘top editor’ at Courier-Journal

Mary Irby-Jones, a veteran journalist who stresses community outreach, was named the top editor of The Courier Journal on Tuesday. She said it will be an “honor” to become executive editor of the news organization,...

Finding sources for a story isn’t a problem but getting them to talk could be an obstacle

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Melba Newsome, an independent journalist from North Carolina, is tackling that project during her fellowship. She said one of the biggest surprises she’s found in her project wasn’t in finding the...

Berkshire, Cox, Parks honored as 2020 Journalists of the Year; first in KPA’s 152 years so honored

                  Congratulations are in order for: • Erin Cox, editor, The Corbin Times Tribune • Natalie Parks, The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky • Forrest Berkshire, editor,...

Veno, Parks, Craig honored with Jon Fleischaker FOI Award presented by The Associated Press

                  Chanda Veno, editor of the State Journal, Frankfort; Natalie Parks, a member of the Kentucky Kernel staff at the University of Kentucky; and Ryan Craig, publisher/editor...

In a time of trial, especially for them, Kentucky newspapers come through for their readers

This report has been made available twice to all Kentucky newspapers in word format and with artwork. A project idea from 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe, the Executive Committee is asking all Kentucky newspapers to...

KPA News Contest video available on YouTube

This link will start the 2020 News Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 45 minutes in length.      

KPA Ad Contest video available on YouTube

This link will start the 2020 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 20 minutes in length.  

Henderson named editor of the Oldham Era

Oldham Era publisher Jane Ashley Pace has named Andrew Henderson as the newspaper’s new editor. The announcement was made this week in a column by Andrew. “Originally from the hills of Eastern Kentucky,” Andrew started...

Into the Issues: Be a leader, and stand up for the truth

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 the extension professor of journalism...

Student Press Freedom Day 2021 is just around the corner (Feb. 26th)!

From the Student Law Press Center Join a Screening of the Documentary Raise Your Voice For three days, from February 25-27, production company GoodDocs and Maribeth Romslo, the documentary filmmaker behind Raise Your Voice, will...

Kentucky senator wants statue of Black woman journalist in U.S. and Kentucky Capitols

By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader A state senator wants to make some changes in what statues represent Kentucky in the state Capitol in Frankfort and the U.S. Capitol in Washington. If Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr,...

NNA MEMBER ALERT: Increase in Federal Minimum Wage Proposal

NNA does not take official stand on the appropriate level of minimum wage increases Background Congress is considering an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. The legislated minimum was last increased in 2009....

We need judges! We need YOU!!!

Did you and some staff members enter the 2020 KPA Advertising and/or News contests? Then the shoe’s on the other foot now and time for you to help reciprocate. We’re in the process of filling...

While mourning his mom’s death, Keith Taylor and his wife, Rhonda, battle coronavirus

Berea Citizen publisher/editor and KPA Board member for District 14, Keith Taylor is still mourning his mom’s death last fall because of COVID-19. Not long after her death, Keith and his wife Rhonda contracted the...

Obituary: Somerset news icon, Bill Mardis, passes away at age 89

Related articles: Mardis won’t be forgotten in Pulaski All of Pulaski has lost a friend   By Carla Slavey, Commonwealth Journal Bill Mardis – longtime editor, “Humble Reporter” and heart of the Commonwealth Journal – has...