Advertising a Maker’s Mark Bottle: Is it full or empty?

KPA Board member Kellie Cracraft emailed Tuesday with a question. A gentleman wanted to advertise he had a Maker’s Mark UK Commemorative Bottle for sale. He wanted to put that ad in the Maysville Ledger Independent. Kellie asked if that was legal and since the Alcohol Beverage Commission is across US 127, I went to the experts. This was probably one […]

Campbellsville University hosts 13th annual Media Appreciation Luncheon

The Campbellsville University Office of University Communications has been holding a Media Appreciation Luncheon for the last 12 years and Thursday’s festivities continued the tradition. Print and broadcast media from around the state attended the Thursday event and heard from Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Luster, who has retired from the Courier-Journal after some 42 years of recording Kentucky’s history through […]

Most have interns selected for 2017 summer program

Most of the 20 Host Newspapers slated to get a 2017 KPA intern have finished the process and now are just waiting for the start date to get here for the 8 or 10-week internship period. Intern selections so far include: Bowling Green Daily News – Matt Lunsford, Western Kentucky University Citizen Voice and Times, Irvine – Taylor Six, Eastern […]

Benjy Hamm leaving for Virginian-Pilot

Pat Richardson, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, announced this week that LCNI’s Editorial Director Benjy Hamm will be joining the V-P as Editorial Page Editor.  “Benjy Hamm will be joining us on May 8 as our new Editorial Page Editor,” said Richardson. “Benjy is a veteran journalist with a versatile background and has extensive experience with community outreach and public service. […]

From Cox to Cox: Central Record under new ownership

After 75 years of ownership in the Cox family, The Garrard Central Record has changed hands. The hand that now holds it, however, is also a Cox. Ted Cox, an employee of the local paper since October 2008 and the editor since January of 2014, has purchased the Garrard Central Record. As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, […]

Confirmed by AG: June 29 is date for 2017 legislation

Last week’s mention that it appears June 29 is the official date for legislation passed during the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly was made official Monday by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. That’s when the AG’s Office released its weekly report on opinions and decisions and the first one was AG 17-007. Here’s the full text of that decision: Opinion of […]

Cross featured in webinar on strategies to cover agricultural issues

Thursday, May 18 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT 1:00pm-2:00pm CDT For more information and to register, go to If you’re in a rural area, there’s a good chance that agriculture is one of the most important topics you can deliver to readers. But where do you start? And how do you keep coming up with relevant ideas? Al Cross from the Institute […]

Call for Nominations! The Tom and Pat Gish Award

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seeks nominations by May 15, 2017, for this year’s Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism. The award is named for Tom and Pat Gish,who published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 51 years. They died in 2008 and 2014, respectively, and their […]

Call for Nominations! Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in the state. The […]

Free app blocks out texting while driving

          By Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader A new phone app is being marketed as a way to stop motorists from texting while driving. In 2015, distracted driving caused the deaths of 3,477 people, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Gov. Matt Bevin declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month, saying 192 Kentuckians died last year […]