Newspapers’ finest achievement ever could be in stepping forward for safer schools, communities

A Note from David Thompson Rapidly expanding public attention combined with sustaining media interest cued me to ask Tom Preston for thoughts on school safety and press commentaries. He brings 60 years of experience with acute crisis prevention, response and resolution, ranging from secret global counterterrorism missions as an Army officer to state and federal protective roles and being appointed […]

New KPA officers: VP Jeff Jobe, Treasurer Regina Catlett

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been conducting an election of the KPA Vice President, necessitated when Kim Woods resigned from the Herald-Leader and as Vice President. We notified the 20 or so current and former Board members who were eligible for nomination. We received four nominations and sent a letter with ballot to each full member newspaper. Each newspaper […]

From the Butler County Banner to Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond

When Butler County Banner/Green River Republican editor Melissa Mudd went to cover the Morgantown City Council on March 1, it’s doubtful she had a thought of how far her reporting would reach. Even though it was a special-called meeting, Melissa might have expected it would result in little more than the usual reporting. But like any good reporter, Melissa was […]

State Police threat unconstitutional, ‘not acceptable’

Editor’s Note: This story takes me back about a dozen years when some 20 Moldovan journalists were in the U.S. and stopped at KPA to discuss the First Amendment — Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion. I brought in five newspaper folks from around the state, from the smallest weekly to the largest daily.  During the […]

Another Special Election; this is not a recording, click, a recording, click

2018 is turning out to be an anomaly when it comes to the KPA Board and Executive Committee. When Kim Woods was elected Vice President at the Winter Convention, the Bylaws required we have a Special Election to fill her elected Board seat for District 13. We started the nomination process and before the letters could be mailed, Larry Hensley, […]

Not older than dirt but older than 13 states

In just 10 months, the Kentucky Press Association will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. January 13, 1869, a group of newspaper publishers from around the state met in downtown Frankfort to begin what today is KPA. KPA is the nation’s 10th oldest state press association, Wisconsin being the oldest, but we can claim being older than 13 states. Thinking about […]

One day, two seminars, no cost, FREE lunch

Kentucky’s biggest continuing problem is its poor health, and the biggest special topic facing the state’s news media is the May 22 primary election. To help you cover both, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues is holding two FREE, back-to-back workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association headquarters, 101 Enterprise Dr., […]

Spring your clock forward an hour come early Sunday morning

Hopefully you ran a story this week, reminding your readers to set their clocks ahead one hour come 2 a.m. Sunday morning, March 11.Now to make sure you practice what you preach, remember to YOUR clocks up and hour. Spring forward!!  

Gish, Al Smith award nominations due by April 1

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues is seeking nominations, with a deadline of April 1, for its two annual awards: • The Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism, a national award that has been won by Kentuckians • The Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by Kentuckians, awarded […]

Representative York introduces resolution honoring Sunshine Week in Kentucky

A RESOLUTION recognizing March 11-17, 2018, as Sunshine Week 2018 in Kentucky WHEREAS, James Madison, the father of the United States Constitution, wrote about the importance of knowledge among the people, noting the importance that they arm themselves with the power knowledge gives”; and WHEREAS, each citizen in a participatory democracy has an inherent right of access to government meetings […]