On second thought, let’s extend the contest deadline until noon Eastern on Monday, Oct. 18

  Great news for charter members of the Kentucky Procrastinators Association. Despite a (my own) vow not to extend the contests deadline, Thursday I swallowed my pride and made the change. Originally, the system was...

Board elections underway in six districts

The Kentucky Press Association has started the process of electing Board members for various districts. In all, six districts are in the nomination process currently and would be followed with the election process. KPA has...

Loyd Ford ‘speechless?’ Hell just froze over

If you know Loyd Ford, you know he’s never at a loss for words and always willing to share his thoughts. But here’s one time Loyd admits he was at a loss for words. Few...

Janie might be a star but the rest of the Clinton County News ‘family’ is as well

The email from Alan Gibson at the Clinton County News simply said, “Janie’s a star!” Janie is Alan’s wife and the Clinton County News is a family affair. What Alan was talking about is a...

If you aren’t listed below, you haven’t registered for either KPA contest. Time is running out!

Elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought is an article on the KPA contests deadline being extended until noon on Monday, October 18. Don’t know if your newspaper is registered or not? Then check the...

Nominations sought for 2021 James Madison Award by November 5

The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is accepting nominations for its James Madison Award, which honors a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School...

Canedy, Creason, Preston inducted into UK Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Twenty-seven University of Kentucky alumni were inducted recently into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Included in the group were three Journalism graduates — Dana Canedy, Joe Creason and Tommy Preston. The Hall pays tribute...

UK professor gets exclusive interview with Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner

By Buck Ryan, University of Kentucky Journalism Professor When news broke on Friday morning, Oct. 8, that a Russian newspaper editor was sharing in the Nobel Peace Prize, a UK journalism professor sent a Facebook Messenger...

Nearly 70 years earlier, issues newspapers had with public agencies were the same as today

Doing some straightening around the office, the Oldham Era’s Jane Ashley Pace found some interesting artifacts Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era in LaGrange, was doing some straightening around the office earlier this...

Let’s steer some of that pandemic relief money into sample copying; also, lead by example

By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community...

KET Tribute to Al Smith to air Friday, November 12

On must-see-TV Friday nights, Al Smith brought KET’s public affairs programming to households across the commonwealth as the host of Comment on Kentucky.   For 33 years—the longest tenure of any host on public television—Al held...

It’s Free Speech Week – October 18 – 24

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech...

Heading down the stretch to 2021 contests deadline! Friday, October 15 is the finish line

With Keeneland opening this weekend, it’s appropriate to say the 2021 KPA News and Advertising contests are heading into the home stretch. The deadline to register AND to submit entries for the contests is next...

Al Smith Awards dinner set for Oct. 28 in Lexington; Chuck Todd to be keynote speaker

Awards for 2020 and 2021 to be presented NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will keynote the Al Smith Awards Dinner, held annually to honor outstanding rural journalism, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in...

Leader News gets a ‘wonderful response’ on efforts to encourage vaccinations to readers

From Stacie Barton, Central City Leader News After reading about Crittenden Press’s vaccination project (see last week’s On Second Thought), I wanted to share what we have been up to here at the Leader-News. Back...

After more than 40 years and hundreds of KPA advertising awards, Kim Hupman retires

Long-time Springfield Sun, Lebanon Enterprise and Kentucky Standard graphic designer Kim Hupman is retiring after over 40 years. Hupman received countless awards from the Kentucky Press Association for her outstanding work over the years. “I...

KPA Board heading to location of 11th convention held in Glasgow in 1878

Each year, the KPA/KPS Board of Directors holds two-day retreat that begins to wrap up one year and then prepare for the coming year. This year’s retreat, the first in-person one held since 2019 because...

Jackson editor loses everything in fire; he just wanted his KPA contest certificates

“The people of the mountains have been incredibly generous as my family and I now own more clothes than pre-fire.” “I was awfully close to the situation to draw the assignment but I write all...

‘Democracy And The Informed Citizen’ examines roles of news, other media Thursday at UK

Slots are still open for the private roundtable with Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Chattanooga Times Free Press and other papers, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Keeneland Room at...

Crittenden Press getting doctors, businesses, public agencies involved in encouraging vaccine

From Chris Evans, The Crittenden Press The Crittenden Press has published a first-person article from a local medical doctor encouraging vaccines; an article about a nurse practitioner whose husband was hospitalized and unvaccinated, and she...