Countdown to contests deadline

The last two days have been something. Emails galore, even the phone has been ringing and it’s good because it means newspapers are doing all they can to meet today’s deadline to get entires submitted for the Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers and Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers News Contest. This week, we’ve gone from a few entries already submitted to […]

Lowery receives Al Smith Award

Lebanon Enterprise publisher/editor Stevie Lowery was honored Thursday evening with the presentation of the Al Smith Award. Presenting the award to Stevie, a long-time member of the KPA Board of Directors, is Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader columnist and president of the Society of Professional Journalists Bluegrass Chapter.  The award is co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism […]

You now have 6 attorneys to help you on the KPA FOI Hotline

Perhaps no one connected with the newsrooms of Kentucky newspapers needs an introduction to Jon Fleischaker. He’s been advising newspapers and KPA on any number of legal issues since the mid-1970s. He’s the “father” of the Open Meetings/Records laws dating back to 1974 when they were first passed by the General Assembly, has been the chief contact on the KPA […]

When something changes at your newspaper, we need to know

Over the years, we’ve had calls concerning personnel listings in the online directory of KPA being incorrect. That’s fine. We’ll get those changed but more often than not, a change wasn’t made because we didn’t know about it. Almost as embarrassing was a situation that came up this week, involving an advertising client who wanted to save shipping costs on […]

Help us celebrate the 150th with an ad in the 2019 KPA Directory

We’re approaching 2019 and that brings with it KPA’s 150th Anniversary. We have a big celebration in the planning stages for the convention, Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25, and some other ideas we’ll be discussing with you in the near future. One of the more immediate requests is taking an ad in the 2019 KPA Directory. What a […]

Main lobby for community papers reports a big loss, even as it celebrates one of its greatest victories; it needs members

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues For the next month, most community newspapers will be busy covering election campaigns, and most of those will limit their coverage to local races. But state and federal offices are also on the ballot, and nationally the mid-term elections are shaping up as a referendum on one of the most controversial […]

Constance Alexander: Now more than ever, local newspapers matter in creating informed communities

By Constance Alexander, reprinted from KYForward Constance Alexander is a columnist, award-winning poet and playwright, and President of INTEXCommunications in Murray. She can be reached at Or visit   When my mother was alive, her subscription to the Murray Ledger & Times provided daily reassurance that I, her youngest child, was safe and sound in faraway Kentucky. Mother, a native […]

Pulse Research again offering online survey to help newspapers get updated consumer statistics

Kentucky Press Association members have an opportunity to get updated consumer survey statistics for their sales presentations through participation in Pulse Research’s national purchasing survey. Pulse Research conducts the survey each year to compile statistics about consumers’ shopping plans – with results spanning more than 500 business types and more than 1,000 products and services. The current survey is under […]

Newspapers 101: How well do you know the history of Newspapers in America?

By Jennifer Peters, Reporter, Trends and Insights, News Media Alliance   Think you know the news inside and out? You may be a news junkie, but how well do you know the history of newspapers in the U.S.? From the first American newspaper to the most recent Pulitzer Prize winners, we’ll test your news knowledge to see how much of […]

Henninger: Caring for our readers

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting Editor Jerry Bellune and I go w-a-y back. We’ve known each other since the mid-90s, when we worked together to breathe new life into a group of newspapers in New Jersey. Jerry regularly writes a missive to the managers and staff at his newspapers here in South Carolina, and he shares those with me. For […]