Student newspapers in Kentucky are in crisis. We need them now more than ever.

  BY TOM EBLEN, Reprinted with permission of the Lexington Herald-Leader It is no secret America’s free press is under attack. Politicians now scream “fake news” whenever reporters expose their lies and misdeeds. Some broadcast networks and websites sow public distrust of honest journalism as they seek to build audiences by promoting tribalism and political ideologies. And, perhaps most […]

AG rules Eastern Trustees violated Open Meetings law; Fleischaker assists Progress with letter of complaint

It seems to be the ritual of university board of trustees anymore. Hold a meeting, violate state laws, the public or a media outlet will appeal that the meeting was in violation of the State’s Open Meetings Law, the Attorney General agrees and issues a scathing decision to the trustees. It’s happening on most every public university campus, not just […]

KPA seeking descendants of organization’s founders; other newspapers at first meeting

The following release has been sent to KPA member newspapers. We would appreciate it being used at least a couple of times as we attempt to locate any descendants of the founders of the organization. In January, 2019, the Kentucky Press Association will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary. KPA is the nation’s 10th oldest state press association and represents all […]

Board approves two Bylaws amendments; proxy will be sent to each newspaper

The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors held its Spring meeting Friday, April 27 at Spindletop Hall, outside of Lexington. Two agenda items that were approved unanimously involved amendments to the Kentucky Press Association Bylaws. In the near future, we will be sending a letter, and proxy to register votes, to the publisher/general manager of each KPA newspaper. The letter […]

Oh those jail mugshots: Some of you get them plain, some of you get them with red watermarks

Take your pick. Want a jail mugshot that’s plain and simple? Some Kentucky jailers will oblige. Want “Property of (name of jail)” printed diagonally in red on the photo. Some Kentucky jailers will oblige. It’s been an issue for more than two years and just when we thought the issue was settled, they come back  stronger than ever before. We […]

Article published in Journalism History and now Melony Shemberger is looking for info on the Women’s Press Club of Kentucky

Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University, had a research article published in the spring 2018 issue of the Journalism History, a top academic journal in media history. Her article is titled “Breaking News, Breaking Barriers: A Look at Clare Reckert’s Business Reporting in The New York Times.” Reckert, in her storied 44-year reporting […]

State-Journal launches redesign on Saturday

From The State Journal The State Journal on Saturday will launch a dynamic, clean redesign — its first in more than a decade. The redesign comes after months of work and places a priority on providing well-balanced coverage of Frankfort and Franklin County in a time when newsprint — the paper that the newspaper is printed on — is getting […]

13-year-old tells 100 strangers about her mental illness and its stigma, and a newspaper writes an important story

By Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky The stigma that still surround mental illness and drug addiction, especially in rural areas, are major obstacles to addressing those issues. Rural news media can play an important role in reducing stigma and helping individuals and communities face up to their problems and deal with them. The Paducah Sun saw that opportunity when a […]

National Guard Memorial release on

And speaking of news releases, we have posted one on that deserves your attention. When you get there, click on Press Releases in the black bar at the top. And remember to check it regularly for new releases posted.     Kentucky National Guard Memorial honoring fallen during Memorial Day Event: Fourteen names being added to Memorial. The Kentucky […]

KU/LG&E nominated for Freedom Award; volunteer PR person needed

KPA Associates Division member LG&E and KU Energy is among 30 finalists for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, according to Phil Miller, state chair of the Kentucky Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee. “This is a significant honor for our committee to have one of our outstanding Kentucky companies to be recognized as a […]