Four nominated to serve as Vice President

Four current elected members of the KPA Board of Directors have been nominated to serve as Vice President of the organization for 2018. Kim Woods, who was elected VP during the KPA Winter Business Meeting, resigned her position with the Lexington Herald-Leader soon thereafter and gave up the vice presidency position as well. Persons qualified in the Bylaws to be […]

Bill adding secrecy to projects like Capital Plaza redevelopment moves forward

By Alfred Miller A bill that would shroud future projects like Frankfort’s Capital Plaza redevelopment in an extra layer of secrecy has moved a step toward passage. Following an, at times, spirited debate on the virtues of transparency in government and necessity of secrecy in procurement, members of the House Committee on State Government on Thursday sent House Bill 216 to […]

HB 216: A solution looking for a problem but GOP legislators vote it through

House Bill 216 is what Amye Bensenhaver calls “Alfred’s Law,” named so after Frankfort State Journal reporter Alfred Miller. You see, a few months ago Alfred ruffled the feathers of the Cabinet for Finance and Administration and the current administration by asking some questions. It was about a procurement issue, involving closed meetings and records related to the demolition of […]

Melony Shemberger has plans for Sunshine Week with session on open government

Murray State University assistant professor Dr. Melony Shemberger is getting involved in the 2018 Sunshine Week with a special presentation on using Open Meetings and Open Records. Below is an email Melony has sent to colleagues, inviting them to attend as well as promote her Sunshine Week focus. Dear esteemed colleagues, Sunshine Week, a national celebration of public access to […]

KPA/KJF suspends KHSJA after 21 1/2 years

During its meeting at the KPA Winter Convention, KPA Past Presidents heard an update on the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Membership has waned since state budgets over the last 10 years hampered many activities of secondary schools. And in the same time, newspapers paying annual dues of $50 for local high schools have decreased as well. Membership numbers hit […]

Two seminars in one day, no cost and a free lunch

SAVE THE DATE: March 30 in Frankfort for a Reporting Workshop on Covering Health and Elections. Health is the biggest continuing problem in Kentucky, and the May 22 primary elections are the biggest immediate topic facing the state’s newspapers. The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues will spend 200 minutes on each subject and give you the tools you […] makes printed news releases a thing of the past

Oh the days of sitting at the desk, opening envelope after envelope after envelope of news releases, everybody wanting their “news” placed in the newspaper. It wasn’t, nor is it still, an easy process for those companies and agencies who send printed news releases through the mail, hoping an editor will at least open the envelope and will see the […]

Original KPA Frankfort office part of tower demolition

    When the Kentucky Press Association left the UK Journalism Building in the 1970s to relocate in Frankfort, the officers and board selected an office area on Wilkinson Boulevard, sitting just below the Capital Plaza Tower. That tower and the Frankfort Convention Center are scheduled for demolition so the original modern-day KPA office will be coming town when the […]

Daily News, Sam Ford, Bowling Green involved in Civic Assembly

By DON SERGENT (Please note, the civic assembly was February 22 but the story is important to share even if the event is over. The assembly continues on.)   Bowling Green and Warren County residents have been heard through their input into the first-ever Bowling Green Civic Assembly, posting more than 800 statements about important issues facing the community. […]

Intern draft, er, selections underway

With the first pick in the 2018 KPA Internship Program, the Owensboro Messenger Inquirer selects Collin Morris of Murray State University. (Pause here for Collin to have his picture taken wearing an OMI hat as teammates and family members who accompanied him cheer.) With the second pick in the 2018 KPA Internship Program, the Danville Advocate Messenger selects Casey Craiger […]