Busy January includes celebration of KPA’s 150th Anniversary

It’s a big month for the Kentucky Press Association. On Sunday, January 13, KPA will officially be 150 years old, tracing itself back to January 13, 1869, when a group of publishers from across the state met in downtown Frankfort to form a “society” that would eventually be known as the Kentucky Press Association. The official celebration of the 150th […]

Joel Christopher named executive editor of Knoxville News Sentinel

BREAKING NEWS https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2019/01/04/knoxville-news-sentinel-joel-christopher-named-executive-editor/2480756002/ Joel Christopher, executive editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville, will take the helm of Knoxville News Sentinel in February as executive editor. Joel has also served on the KPA Board of Directors as the elected Board member for District 6, encompassing Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. In Louisville, Christopher led one of […]

Legislature returns Tuesday for ‘short’ session

For the second time in less than a month, the gavel will bang Tuesday, January 8, signaling the beginning of another Kentucky General Assembly session. In December, with a mere four hours notice, Gov. Matt Bevin called a Special Session of the legislature to address the pension issue that has plagued employees covered by the state retirement programs. The session […]

Former KPA intern, Zirconia Alleyne, named Kentucky New Era editor

Zirconia Alleyne has been named editor of the Kentucky New Era. She assumed the role Friday after serving as the newspaper’s features and magazine editor for nearly five years. Alleyne, 29, is a longtime Hopkinsville resident and 2008 graduate of Hopkinsville High School. Born in Germany to military parents Roger Alleyne and Magaline Ferguson, she relocated to Hopkinsville, her mother’s hometown, […]

CNHI sold to previous owners, Retirement Systems of Alabama

In part, from The Rural Blog, a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., one of the country’s largest owners of community newspapers, announced Wednesday that it had been acquired by the Retirement Systems of Alabama; the financial details weren’t announced. Both are headquartered in Montgomery, because CHNI has been owned by RSA for most of its […]

Fighting to Keep Public Notices in Newspapers

The public loses out when government makes it harder to find out what it’s doing By Maryanne Reed, Dean, West Virginia University Journalism School Reprinted from Nieman Reports, January 3, 2019   Reading public notice ads in the classifieds is about exciting as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary reading for some. In Carmel, California, a 99-year-old woman was able to […]

ABC submits new regulations on alcohol advertising

The Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) commission is proposing to consolidate all prohibited alcohol advertisements into one regulation (currently, malt beverages and wine/spirits have their own regulations).  Fundamentally, ABC is proposing to make the prohibitive language more general which would conceivably give them more enforcement flexibility. It also appears the proposed changes are intended to eliminate redundant regulations as a part […]

T-shirt for Christmas

  He slipped up and said my shirt had finally arrived. That was stepson Koh Kraner speaking as we planned Christmas with Teresa’s kids. I figured it was probably some kind of dress shirt or maybe a University of Kentucky t-shirt. A couple of days later all eyes were on me as I opened that Christmas gift. The box was […]

Obituary: J.T. Norris (Jim) Jr., KPA President in 1970, former Daily Independent publisher

James T. Norris, Jr was born 11/03/1928 in Ashland to the late Frances Cochrane Norris and James T. Norris, Sr. Jim, as his friends called him, attended Ashland schools before attending Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and then graduated from Kentucky Military Academy. He then attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a B.A. degree in English. After college, he […]

Can’t ‘drone’ without a phone. Here’s some apps to make your drone journalism safer, better

By Judd Slivka, Director, Aerial Journalism, Reynolds Journalism Institute Judd Slivka is RJI’s first director of aerial journalism. He is also an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. I’m sitting in my car in a freezing cold field in northern Missouri, waiting for a Phantom 4 Pro’s batteries to warm up so they can recharge. […]