Public Notice bill may be in the works; Police Body Cam legislation filed with KPA’s support

2018 Legislative session just passed halfway point   The 2018 Kentucky General Assembly reached its halfway point this week and today marks the 32nd day of the 60-day session. The 2018 session is scheduled to end Friday, April 13. So far, there have been several bills KPA has monitored but none that have required a lot of lobbying. That could […]

Synopsis on House Bill 373 sets off an alarm

(Just announced: The House of Representatives has assigned House Bill 373 to the House Judiciary Committee.) Each piece of legislation filed in the General Assembly comes with a synopsis of the bill, published on the Legislative Research Commission’s website along with a copy of the bill. It gives everyone an idea of what the bill concerns and lists the Kentucky […]

Catherine Boone elected District 13 Board member

Catherine Boone, general manager of the Frankfort State Journal, has been elected to the KPA Board of Directors for District 13. The election was a result of Kim Woods being elected Vice President of KPA during the 2018 KPA Winter Convention. Catherine will be serving the remainder of the term for District 13, that continues through the January, 2020, Convention. […]

Special Election underway in District 14

With the news that Advocate Messenger publisher Larry Hensley has accepted a position with Schurz Communications and will be relocating to Indiana in a few days, KPA is in the process of a special election to fill the Board seat in District 14. A letter and nomination form were mailed to each publisher of full member newspapers in the district. […]

Caldwell to be interim publisher for Danville, Stanford

From The Advocate Messenger   Veteran journalist and Ashland native Michael Caldwell has been named interim publisher of The Danville Advocate-Messenger, Danville Living magazine, The Stanford Interior Journal and affiliated websites.  All are part of Bluegrass Newsmedia, which also includes The Winchester Sun and The Jessamine Journal.  Caldwell joined Bluegrass in 2016 as publisher of The Winchester Sun and assumed […]

Sunshine Week: March 11 – 17

KPA members are encouraged to participate in Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide initiative to promote open government. This year’s Sunshine Week runs March 11-17. The goal of Sunshine Week is to spark a nationwide discussion about the critical importance of access to public information. The initiative is sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom […]

Deadline is Feb. 19 for rooms, early bird at NNA Leadership Summit

The impact on printing costs is already being felt from the new duties on Canadian newsprint, which are being collected at the border NOW. Printers are hearing from paper producers that newsprint prices WILL go up because of the duties. But this is just the first round. In early March, another new tariff could be announced, and by the end […]

Cross speaks to Texas Press convention

Speech by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky, at the 2018 TPA Midwinter Conference First time I’ve been to Galveston, but have been to Texas many times, and always feel at home here; maybe it’s because your state was settled mainly by people from Tennessee, my native state, and Kentucky, my home state. Y’know, […]

Remember to make reservations for Hall of Fame luncheon

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon and installation ceremonies. And watch On Second Thought for a list of the 2018 Class of Inductees and more information about the festivities. The 2018 inductees will be honored at a luncheon on Monday April 9, 2018. The site of the luncheon is: Griffin Gate Marriott 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, […]

The Great Divide: Daily, weekly publishers view digital benefits quite differently

By Kevin Slimp During a keynote address at the Kansas Press Association convention in February, I presented the results of my annual survey of newspaper publishers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time. With roughly 15 percent of publishers in these two countries participating in the survey, it’s a good bet the results are representative of the industry […]