School, community safety series continues Friday, March 23

Just a reminder that our three-, and potentially four-, part series on school and community safety, written by Tom Preston, will continue Friday, March 23. Part Two of Tommy’s series will focus on: Correct and incorrect solutions for school safety.  Which will America choose? The traditional media can influence powerfully.  Will it? Tom is founder of Preston Global, an offshoot […]

Recycling a KPA Past President, Dave Eldridge to represent District 14

  Saying he apparently is a “glutton for punishment,” KPA Past President Dave Eldridge let his name be put in nomination to represent District 14 on the KPA Board of Directors. District 14 was in a Special Election process following the resignation of Larry Hensley, publisher of The Advocate Messenger in Danville. Hensley resigned from the board to return to […]

Donna Stinnett: from reporter to the Journalism Hall of Fame to her new life as a City Public Information Officer

Donna Stinnett is still going as strong today as she was when she served as a reporter for the Henderson Gleaner. All of that work got her, along with husband Chuck, who was also a Gleaner reporter, inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. That was a recognition for her long-time commitment to the newspaper. Then she […]

‘Great opinion’ from Attorney General rules UofL violated Open Records Act

KPA general counsel, Jon Fleischaker, who also represents the Courier-Journal, passed along a March 13 Open Records Decision from the Attorney General’s Office that he termed a ‘great opinion.’ The decision is below. The summary states: “The University of Louisville violated the Open Records Act, both procedurally and substantively, in its responses to requests for records made by three reporters […]

That other KPA — Kentucky Procrastinators Association — has a deadline approaching

Two FREE workshops in one, but only one week left to sign up! 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 […]

Deadline near on intern selection for 2018

Host newspapers, as selected by the KPA Past Presidents, have until Sunday to interview, select and get a confirmation from their intern for the summer 2018 operated through the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. If KPA has not received the intern’s name from the Host Newspaper by Monday morning, the newspaper will lose the internship spot for the 10-week summer program. As […]

Teacher conference session specifically shows how to use the local newspaper and Woody and Chloe series in the classroom

    This from Leigh Anne Florence, author of the popular Woody and Chloe series published each fall in KPA newspapers across the state. “Ron, Chloe, Woody and I had the great privilege of being the keynote speaker at the Pennyrile Reading Conference last night in Madisonville. They are an area chapter of the Kentucky Reading Association. There were about […]

‘Media Matters’ presentation is Tuesday, March 20

David Greer returns to the office

After being away from work for almost three months because of illness, David Greer returned to the office this week, for the first time since mid-December. David oversees the Kentucky Press News Service. While he was out, KPA used Dr. Melony Shemberger, Jennifer Brown and David Stone to take over the KPNS duties, making sure the news service was covered […]

Honor someone by nominating them for the Al Smith or Gish Award

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 […]