Kentuckian Mike Duncan confirmed by U.S. Senate to USPS Board of Governors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commented Tuesday on the Senate confirmation of President Donald J. Trump’s nominee, Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, of Inez, Kentucky, to serve on the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service (USPS): “I would like to congratulate my friend Mike Duncan on his confirmation to serve on the Board […]

Mountain Advocate goes global — again

By Charles Myrick, Knox County’s local news source for over 100 years, The Mountain Advocate, has now garnered international recognition twice this summer. Earlier this summer, Mountain Advocate publisher Jay Nolan sat down with a reporter from The Economist magazine. That interview touched on the resilience of locally-owned community newspapers, in contrast to the corporately-owned media outlets seeing their staffs […]

It’s gotta be the heat: What else would be keeping newspapers from registering for the 2018 News and Ad Contests?

  We’ve climbed to 29 newspapers that have registered for the 2018 KPA News and Ad Contests. That’s up a grand total of six newspapers in the past two weeks. So the heat wave we’re experiencing must be the reason. Otherwise, a minute isn’t a long time to take to get your newspaper signed up and ready to go. It’s […]

NMA Perspective: ITC made the right call in reversing newsprint tariffs

By David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance We applaud the International Trade Commission (ITC) for reaching a final, unanimous negative determination that Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint used by newspapers, do not cause material harm to the U.S. paper industry. The Department of Commerce recently upheld the tariffs and, though they revised them to […]

From NNA: What just happened? The Case of the Crippling Newsprint Tariff

By Tonda Rush, Director, Public Policy and General Counsel Escalating printing costs driven by tariffs on Canadian newsprint caught many newspapers by surprise this year. Comments about a system where one company could deliver such a blow to an entire industry ranged from wry to outraged. Now the International Trade Commission has said the tariffs will stop. Here is a quick […]

Last call for NNA Convention in Norfolk, VA

Time’s running short on making your plans to attend the 2018 National Newspaper Association Convention, September 27-29 in Norfolk, VA. NNA’s 132nd Annual Convention & Trade Show will be held at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk. Tuesday is the deadline for discount registration and the room block rate. There will be a great newsprint tariff briefing to let all newspapers know […]

Al Smith Awards Dinner set Oct. 18; Stevie Lowery to get Smith Award for service; farmer-activist-writer Mary Berry to speak

Awards Dinner, presentation to be at Embassy Suites, Lexington; registration form is at the bottom The annual Al Smith Awards Dinner in Lexington on Oct. 18 will spotlight a rural editor-publisher who has taken strong stands and tackled touchy subjects in her weekly newspaper, and a farmer, activist and writer who will speak about the future of rural Kentucky and […]

Harlan Daily Enterprise changes to twice-weekly

From its Facebook page: The Harlan Daily Enterprise was first published in 1901 as the Harlan Enterprise and began publishing in 1928 as the Harlan Daily Enterprise.   Beginning Aug. 28, the Harlan Daily Enterprise changed its publication days to Wednesdays and Saturdays. No longer will the newspaper be producing printed editions on Tuesdays and Fridays. The core mission remains […]

Why Paducah Sun didn’t follow ‘the herd’ on editorial project chastising Trump

By Jim Paxton, The Paducah Sun Last Thursday some 300 newspapers led by the Boston Globe published editorials chastising President Donald Trump’s attacks on media organizations as “enemies of the people.” We did not join in. One reason is our aversion to “group think,” which replaces objectivity at too many media outlets these days. We’re wary of following the herd. […]

33 sign up for Fall Chapter Series

Thirty-three KPA member newspapers have signed up to publish the 2018 KPA Fall Chapter Series, featuring Kentucky wonder dachshunds Woody and Chloe. The 10-week series begins the week of September 9. The 33 newspapers (listed at the bottom of this) represent in excess of 188,000 subscribers and are spread all across Kentucky. Newspapers have committed two cents per paid copy […]