Making Public Notices noticeable, readable, attractive

Sunday through Tuesday, I was within a silver dollar’s throw of the Potomac River, attending the Newspaper Association Manager’s Legislative Conference. That’s the time the press associations from across the U.S., and sometimes the Canadian provinces, gather to talk about issues they’ve faced, are facing and expect to face in their legislatures. Much of Sunday’s agenda was on public notices […]

Convention is just around the corner

You might consider 2017 our first convention in two years. That’s because the 2016 edition was blizzarded out. Oh, some of us got there, some trade show booths were set up, we got a little bit of business done in the Board meeting and that’s where the decision was made. Send everyone home and get the message out to others […]

Incumbents re-elected; Christopher joins KPA Board

KPA has completed its election process for new three-year terms to the Board of Directors. The four incumbents were re-elected including Regina Catlett, Sebree Banner/Sturgis News; Jeff Jobe, Jobe Publishing; Stevie Lowery, Lebanon Enterprise; and Kim Woods, Lexington Herald-Leader. KPA also had an election in District 6, counties surrounding Jefferson, and new Courier-Journal executive editor Joel Christopher was the only […]

EKU Journalism: Ecstacy to Agony and Back Again

It’s been an up, down and cautiously back up last few months for the Journalism department at Eastern Kentucky University. During the summer, it was named the SPJ’s Best Chapter in Region 5, and that came on the same day the Journalism department found out it was one of the programs being considered for budget cuts. The huge sigh of relief […]

EKU cuts French major, but journalism, geography get to stay

BY LINDA BLACKFORD RICHMOND – French and comparative humanities degrees got the ax Monday from the Eastern Kentucky Board of Regents. Other programs that had been recommended for suspension, including journalism, geography and horticulture, will instead be redesigned to become more “marketable and efficient.” After almost a year of discussion, EKU faculty and administration created a list of possible […]

NY Times article: Campus Press vs. Colleges: Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight

By Stephanie Saul, New York Times The confidential informant had an explosive tip for the University of Kentucky’s campus newspaper: An associate professor of entomology had been accused of groping students, and the college, after an investigation, had permitted him to leave quietly. On the trail of a hot story, the paper, The Kentucky Kernel, requested files from the university. […]

Let’s play Double Jeopardy: A: ‘Sometime soon’

And the question is, “When will KPA be announcing the 2016 contests winners?” Yeah, we’re getting that already and all we can say is “Sometime soon.” And until we have everything finalized, that will be the standard answer. The reason? Well, it’s “contests” as in plural. Advertising and News Editorial. There are over 50 categories between the two. With up […]

Courier-Journal names new executive editor

Deborah Yetter , The Courier-Journal Joel Christopher, a Gannett news executive from Wisconsin, has been named executive editor of the Courier-Journal. Christopher, vice president of USA Today Network-Wisconsin, took over management of digital and print news operations at the CJ, Kentucky’s largest news organization, Dec. 2. Christopher, 45, said he wasn’t looking for a new job or to leave his native Wisconsin, […]

KPNS taking well-deserved vacation

Since its inception back in October, 2009, the Kentucky Press News Service has had Saturdays off. That’s about the extent of it. KPNS has posted stories five days a week, one budget on Sundays, and holidays have never been dark. So the dilemma this year conflicted with vacation schedules and available help to cover any down time. It wasn’t going to […]

Writing cliches to avoid this holiday season

Jean Hodges | GateHouse Newsroom “’Tis the Season” tops my list of holiday cliches like a star atop a Christmas tree. But instead of a classy, elegant star, it’s one of those garish, blinking stars that leaves you longing for an angel or one of those pointy ornaments or a Yoda tree topper. Anything else, really. You can read the […]