Rufus Friday stepping down as Herald-Leader publisher; Peter Baniak becomes GM as well as editor

From Herald-Leader Staff Reports Rufus Friday, the Herald-Leader’s president and publisher since 2011, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down in the middle of September. Editor Peter Baniak will move into an expanded role as the Herald-Leader’s editor and general manager. Friday announced his departure at a Wednesday morning staff meeting, along with Alexandra Villoch, East Region Publisher […]

Sentinel News names new publisher; St. Charles has Shelby roots

By Ashley Sutter, The Sentinel News Anna St. Charles took over as publisher at The Sentinel-News this week, replacing Scott Moore who left after being name publisher at The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown. With more than 30 years of newspaper experience, St. Charles is eager to settle into her role at a community-focused paper. “I feel really lucky to be […]

Two new books chronicle Courier-Journal’s 150 years of ‘stellar documentary photography’

For 150 years, the Courier Journal has been Kentucky’s storyteller, winning 10 Pulitzer Prizes for compelling stories, cartoons and photographs. It’s a proud newsroom tradition that has served generations of readers across the commonwealth. A community of photographers has passed along a tradition of amazing images from generation to generation. It includes Charles Betz’s photos of Babe Ruth and Charles […]

Getting positive about negatives

The story about the Courier-Journal’s two books chronicling 150 years of stellar photography reminded me to re-mention the project Stan McKinney is trying to get started. McKinney, a well-known newspaper photographer in his own right, is trying to save decades of Kentucky newspaper photographs by preserving newspaper negatives. If you are interested in helping Stan in this effort by committing […]

Courier Journal at the State Fair today: A way to celebrate its own 150th anniversary

The Courier Journal is kicking off activities to celebrate its 150th anniversary on Courier Journal Day at the Kentucky State Fair Friday, Aug. 17. We’ll be revealing some of our celebration plans at our booth located inside the South Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, including a first look at our traveling photo exhibit that will be making the […]

Have you registered for the KPA contests yet? Only 23 can answer ‘yes’ to that question

Entry period is October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 Absolute contest entry deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018, at 4:59 p.m. (Eastern) Circulation divisions mostly the same as 2017. Only change is in the Daily Class 1, 2 and 3 Categories are the same as 2017 Well, school has started and football season is upon us and that must […]

National Newspaper Week set for October 7 – 13

Make plans now to start visiting the home page of National Newspaper Week at This year’s observance will be held Oct. 7-13. And in doing so, make sure to check for a Kentucky-specific house ad below. You’ll see a link for the 2018 NNW house ad and right below that is a link to specific house ads for each […]

Al Cross promoted to full professor

Al Cross began his 15th year as director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues this month with a new title: professor. Cross had been an associate professor with tenure in UK’s School of Journalism and Media since 2011, but this summer he was promoted to full professor, the highest academic rank. His appointment is […]

Jana Wiersema — KPA Intern with the Paducah Sun

She notes, Step one to being a journalist: Keep moving forward Whenever I told people that I was interning at the Paducah Sun, there was always something that seemed to surprise them. “They actually let you write articles?” people would ask. “And your name goes on them?” “Yes,” I’d reply. “It’s a newspaper. That’s kind of how it works.” All […]

Kentucky media forum tackles ‘fake news’

“In today’s digital age, it can often be challenging for consumers to determine what information is truly reliable. But whether it goes by the name of ‘propaganda,’ ‘hype’ or ‘spin,’ it is possible for news readers to identify ‘fake news’ and avoid it entirely,” Laura Harvey reports for The Messenger in Madisonville, Ky., in her story about a panel recently at Madisonville Community College, giving […]