Kentucky has two NASA official sites for viewing August phenomenon

  In just 26 weeks, August 21, 2017, to be precise, there is going to be a large population heading toward Hopkinsville and Bowling Green. Those are the two “official” NASA viewing Kentucky sites for a total solar eclipse. In fact, NASA’s website on the eclipse calls the one in Bowling Green, the “Shadow on the Bluegrass.” The information from […]

Clinton County News uses Facebook Live

Wednesday, I sent a note to editors around the state asking them if there’s something new in the last three to six months that they’ve tried. The request actually came from Jennifer Nelson with the Reynolds Journalism Institute who is working on an article about some of the new things newspapers are trying. Within minutes, I had the response. It […]

He’s still going 38 years later

Most memorable announcement wasn’t about high school basketball but about President Bush declaring a cease-fire in Operation Desert Storm. In addition to Alan Gibson’s note about using Facebook Live, he told me he just hung his hat on his 38th season of being the public address announcer for the Clinton County high school basketball teams. That’s a bunch of games, […]

House Bill 456 concerns overtime law

Since the federal Department of Labor has not been able to put its proposed overtime rule into effect, word was out that some state legislatures were going to step in. While the list of states didn’t include Kentucky, there was mention that Rep. Chris Harris, D-Pikeville, was considering such legislation to have introduced into the House. And that happened this […]

NNA seeks nominations for 3 leadership awards

The National Newspaper Association announces the Call for Nominations for the Amos, McKinney & Phillips Awards, which are the highest honors awarded to working and retired newspapermen and women who have exhibited distinguished service to the community press.  The General James O. Amos Award was established in 1938 by E.C. Amos, publisher of The Sidney Daily News, to honor his […]

Senate, House have dealt their hands

And as the session nears its halfway point, we know all of the bills that have been filed. Thursday was the last day for the Senate to file bills; today is the last day for the House. We end the 2017 short session with 253 Senate bills being filed, the most ever in a 30-day short session. This is the […]

SPJ panel to discuss media at Feb. 23 public forum

The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a free public forum Feb. 23 titled, “Finding real facts in an alternative fact world.” A panel of local, regional and national professionals will examine the role of the news media and provide a better public understanding of how it works. The group also hopes to facilitate an […]

After eight years, finally getting a schedule item taken care of

It was back on April 24, 2009, that I added an item to the upcoming schedule. Back then, I was doing On Second Thoughts as a ‘Friday Email to the Board’ and writing about all things KPA, including a pretty complete schedule for the year as I knew it. On April 24, 2009, I added: “Sometime in 2017. We’ve been […]

Black Inklings: BIG tip of the hat to Max Heath, NNA Postal Committee

From Ken Blum  Dear Black Inkling Readers, Is your newspaper wholly or partially delivered to subscribers via periodical mail? If so, you owe a debt of gratitude to the National Newspaper Association, its committees and members, Max Heath, NNA’s guru of all things postal and Tonda Rush, NNA’s guru of all things legal. Max, Tonda and their team not only […]

Happy 100th to The Messenger

Happy Birthday indeed to the Madisonville Messenger, celebrating its 100th birthday on Feb. 22 as Rick Welch’s Facebook Page notes.