As session winds down, an update on bills we’ve been watching

The 2018 General Assembly is winding down. Apparently they’ll convene three more days (see an explanation elsewhere in On Second Thought) and then go Sine Die on Friday, April 13. Not a lot of the legislation we monitored, lobbied on or testified on will make it through the process and get to the governor’s desk. In limbo is still the […]

Chris Poore leaving the Kentucky Kernel; Michele Day, Sam Terry to join KPA Board

With all the changes on the Board and Executive Committee this year, we were hoping once the Special Election ended in District 4, that the KPA Board would be set for the remainder of 2018. Wishful thinking! Word came this week from Kentucky Kernel Chris Poore, the Student Publications Director since 2001, that he is leaving that position, as of […]

But we still have a spot available on the Board

Are you an advertising director? Weekly or daily, it doesn’t matter? Or perhaps a publisher with lots of advertising experience? We need you!!! The resignation earlier this year of Kim Woods from the Herald-Leader and thus her position as Vice President of KPA left another void in the KPA Board structure. We’re missing a chairperson of the KPA Ad Division. […]

KPA’s Statement on amendment to House Bill 302

Earlier this week, KPA issued a statement, an explanation of an amendment given to the State Senate office that would address the concern on our behalf of the change in the Open Records Law and for legislators, let them know personal communications are not subject to the Open Records law. And an update to this email. Thursday afternoon House Bill […]

And then there were two, or now it appears three

The constitution they have to abide by. How they do that is up to them. We’re talking about the legislative season in the Bluegrass. The constitution gives them the start date and the end date. What they do in between is up to the General Assembly to configure. And they still are when it comes to the 2018 session. The […]

Open Meetings/Records: Deja vu all over again

What took place a week ago in the Kentucky Senate brought back some memories of 26 to 28 years ago. From 1990 to 1992, KPA was involved in a total overhaul of the state’s Open Meetings and Open Records law. Jon Fleischaker and David Hawpe can recall some of the escapades associated with those two years, two years of an […]

UL’s ‘The Cardinal’ student paper to continue, for now, thanks to late ad buy by interim president

By Thomas Novelly, Louisville Courier Journal University of Louisville’s independent student newspaper will not fold, thanks to a last-minute advertising purchase by the school’s interim president, Greg Postel. The Louisville Cardinal faced extinction in September 2017 when university officials told the student journalism staff the school would cease funding for the newspaper by the end of the 2018 spring semester. Louisville would have been the […]

Gish, Al Smith awards nominations extended to April 2

Please note there has been a slight change from previous mentions of the awards honoring Tom and Pat Gish and Al Smith. The original deadline of Sunday, April 1, has been changed to Monday, April 2, because of Easter Sunday. And there’s still a little time to make nominations for either award. The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues […]

State Journal countersues Finance Cabinet over transparency

By Alfred Miller A suit brought against The State Journal by the Finance Administration Cabinet moved a step toward resolution earlier this week. On Wednesday, the newspaper filed a request for summary judgment, or a verdict before trial, in its dispute over whether committees such as the one recently charged with selecting a developer to demolish and replace the Capital Plaza […]

Webinars: Newspaper design and basic of InDesign

Thursday, April 12: Ed Henninger: The Most Common Mistakes I see in Newspaper Design and how to keep your newspaper from committing them Ed Henninger’s webinars have been filling fast this year, and for good reason. We start getting emails from attendees as soon as Ed’s webinars end, to tell us how much they loved the session and how valuable […]