It can be ‘taxing’ on journalists to report accurately how local government agencies are raising revenue

By Al Cross, Extension professor, UK School of Journalism and Media/Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Local governments, school boards and other taxing authorities in Kentucky have begun one of their most important annual tasks: deciding how much property tax their constituents will pay. These are significant events of considerable public interest, but they’re sometimes mis-reported by local news […]

Will Herald-Leader building be the new city hall or not?

Preliminary council vote ended in 6-6 tie with Mayor breaking the deadlock to approve the proposal; but will it hold on final action? A work session of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Council to consider the proposal of relocating city hall to the Lexington Herald-Leader building resulted in a 6-6 vote but it won preliminary approval when Mayor Jim […]

Advertise in the special 150th Anniversary KPA Directory

Here’s a chance for newspapers to get their name and special information in front of ad agencies, advertisers and state government offices by advertising in the special 150th Anniversary KPA Yearbook and Directory. Information was mailed earlier this week to each KPA newspaper so when that envelope arrives, open it up, read about the directory, the ads sizes, the costs […]

Deborah Givens elected VP of ISWNE

  Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11 through 15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Givens is a former newspaper publisher and editor and founded and owned the weekly newspaper, The Butler […]

Jennifer Perkins — KPA Intern with the Corbin News Journal

10-week internship showed her the personal side of journalism   I don’t want this essay to start with the well-worn expression, “This was a great experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity that the Kentucky Press Association has provided me.” While that is all true, for me that would make for a very boring, very ordinary lead. So […]

So who were the 2018 interns?

Glad you asked. If you want to read their stories on how they spent their summer, scroll back through the last few On Second Thoughts and you’ll find articles from:   Anna Murrell, Lindsey Wilson University, intern for the Adair County Community Voice Chase Campbell, University of Kentucky, intern for the Carrollton News Democrat Jennifer Perkins, Eastern Kentucky University, intern […]

The ‘What I Did This Summer’ internship articles are completed; now it’s time to think about 2019

Just as soon as one summer gets it and the 10-week internship periods end, it’s time to starting thinking about the next year. So here we are starting to prepare for 2019 already. The internships are available to KPA member publications that are participating in the Statewide Classified Program. Only those newspapers are eligible to apply for and perhaps receive […]

Former White House correspondent Sid Davis to speak at UK

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More than 350 papers, including a handful from Kentucky, join editorial effort against Trump’s media attacks

Last week, with a targeted date of August 16 or the publication day closest to that, newspapers across the U.S. were encouraged to publish an editorial about President Trump’s continued attacks on a free press. Estimates are that some 350 newspapers ran an editorial. The original goal was to get 100 newspapers to join in. The Boston Globe spearheaded the […]

September 17 is Constitution Day in the U.S.