Kentucky Shield Law not the oldest but one of them

A request came in this week from one of my state press association colleagues, wanting information from each state on their Shield Law. Surprisingly, there are still several states that have not enacted a Shield Law for reporters. In responding, I said I didn’t know if Kentucky’s Shield Law is the oldest but certainly is among the oldest. After all, […]

Alice Rouse to run for Murray City Council

2006 KPA President Alice Rouse, and former publisher of the Murray Ledger & Times, is venturing into politics. She’s announced her candidacy to run for City Council of Murray. Here’s the story from the Ledger & Times on Alice’s first foray into politics: ALICE ROUSE CANDIDACY

Drone Bill that includes the media passes General Assembly unanimously

I wrote last week that House Bill 22, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge, had passed the House 94-0 and was headed to the Senate. The important thing is the language allows businesses doing business legally in Kentucky may use drones — unmanned aircraft — in their normal job requirements. And she used that to specify that the news media […]

Greenbo hosting writers conference

The KYOWA — Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia — Writers is hosting the Dogwood Writers Conference, Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, at Greenbo Lake State Park. KYOWA, once a chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA) but now over a decade old, began the conference because traveling to conferences at other cities was expensive and overwhelming for many writers.  Speakers include Jeff Jobe, owner […]

Need a legislator’s portrait? LRC service is ready to help

I had need this week to find a better (i.e. larger) mugshot of Rep. Jill York, to go with her Resolution honoring Sunshine Week in Kentucky. The one I had on file was ok but as I enlarged it, it got distorted. And I’m without photoshop. But the fix was easy. And it’s one you need to use when you’re […]

NNA accepting nominations for three major awards

Every year, 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 […]

Tons of webinars. Top quality, low price

Kevin Slimp: Getting People to Pick Up Your Paper Getting people to pick up your paper is the top priority of many newspapers right now. Sure, we need to sell advertising, but if people aren’t picking up your paper, you won’t have many advertisers. Why do readers pick up one paper over another? What would make someone subscribe to your […]

News release posted on

The following news release has been added this week to Once on that site, click on Press Releases in the black bar below the heading. Remember to check it regularly for new releases that have been posted. And if you have a news release to make available to all newspapers, please get in touch with us and we’ll get […]

Together Frankfort schedules ‘Media Matters’ panel discussion for March 20

Together Frankfort will host a media panel, “Media Matters: The Importance of a Free Press,” on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 at Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension Building. Laura Cullen Glasscock, the editor and publisher of The Kentucky Gazette, will moderate the panel.  The event is free and open to the public. About: Together Frankfort – Mission  Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, […]

Newspapers are a long way off from being filed into the obituary columns

By Phil Hall, PHA Media In an ever-changing world of near-instant communication, technological tsunamis and the provision of easy and digestible online content, traditional newspapers are facing challenges at every turn. The reach for newspapers has never been higher, but most of this growth is being driven by online mediums. Offering a wider readership and more targeted and effective advertising […]