Cross takes off his political columnist hat to campaign publicly

Reporters, political reporters and especially political columnists are encouraged to keep their distance from any semblance of endorsing a candidate. The more involved the columnist is on reporting political news, the more separation from any relationship to campaigning. Forgive Al Cross, though, if he took off the political columnist hat recently and donned an endorsement hat. He was campaigning in […]

Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning, paving the way for Standard Time

  Remember, and remind your readers as well, that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday and clocks go back one hour. We’ll be in Standard Time until Sunday, March 3, when Daylight Saving Time begins anew.  

Accident reports are open despite what some law enforcement agencies might try to say

A question came in last week about the availability of accident reports. The reporter had been told, apparently by a law enforcement agency, that it no longer had to make accident reports available to the media. Nothing could be further from the truth and the language in the law specifically points that out. KRS 189.635 addresses accident reports and to […]

If you charge for endorsement letters, include the typical ‘Paid for’ disclaimer

Georgetown News-Graphic publisher Mike Scogin has started charging for political candidate endorsement letters to the editor. Until two weeks prior to the election, the News Graphic does not charge for the letters. But within those final two weeks, a letter writer will have to pay $15 to have the endorsement appear in the paper. So Mike asked the question: If […]

Grayson County News-Gazette changes to Saturday only

The Grayson County News-Gazette is changing. Beginning the first full week of November, the News-Gazette will be an expanded Saturday-only publication. The new format will allow for expanded coverage of local sports, as well as continued coverage of local news. “The News-Gazette has been published for over 100 years, and this new format will enable us to continue publishing well […]

Obituary: Larry Dale Keeling, Herald-Leader reporter, editorial writer, columnist

By Jack Brammer, FRANKFORT  — Larry Dale Keeling, whose writings in the Lexington Herald-Leader for 41 years lambasted missteps of Kentucky politicians and lauded progressive government, died late Monday of lung cancer. He was 71. Keeling, who grew up in Willisburg in Washington County, wrote for the Herald-Leader from Sept. 27, 1974 to Nov. 7, 2015, when he retired. During his years at […]

Schickel takes on part of ethics law that was a result of BOPTROT

Note: John Schaaf has given permission for KPA member newspapers to publish this story as an op-ed article with credit given to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. John is executive director of KLEC. By John Schaaf, KLEC Executive Director Cincinnati, Ohio – The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission went to federal court in Cincinnati earlier in October to defend key provisions […]

Warning to journalists: Watch your backs but don’t back down

From RTDNA (Radio, Television Digital News Association), the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members […]

In 1958, a synagogue was bombed. An editor’s response won a Pulitzer — and his words ring eerily true today

By Roy Peter Clark, Poynter On Oct. 14, 1958, racial terrorists bombed Atlanta’s largest Jewish synagogue. The next day, Ralph McGill, editor of The Atlanta Constitution, fired off an editorial that won him a Pulitzer Prize and holds up a mirror for our own times. The mass murders at the synagogue in Pittsburgh have forced us once again to find […]

A rare Revolutionary War-era newspaper found in a New Jersey Goodwill

Mike Storms was walking among the crowded shelves of the New Jersey Goodwill facility where he works when something yellow and faded caught his eye. He paused and pulled from the thrift-store jumble a framed sheet of newsprint, dense columns of tiny text topped by a small engraving of a dismembered snake. The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, it read. […]