Sen. Carroll really watered down his Open Records bill

But it’s just a ploy or part of the ‘shell’ game legislators play Hum along with Joe South’s greatest hit. Again. Remember Senate Bill 14? The one filed by Sen. Danny Carroll that would have turned the Open Records Law upside down? Thankfully he withdrew that the day after filing it, not giving thought that it was such a disaster […]

It’s game time in the state Capitol so let’s sing Joe South’s greatest hit

It’s been 11 months since I invited you to join me in singing Joe South’s hit song, “Oh, the Games People Play.” Changed the words slightly to say “Oh the games the legislature plays now, Every night and every day now, Never saying what they mean, Never meaning what they say.” This week’s legislative action means it’s time to start […]

2018 lobbying hits $23.1 million with 731 firms registered; both records

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time high of $23.1 million last year, blasting past the previous high of $20.8 million set the year before. The record spending was a ten percent increase over the previous year, and was driven by 731 lobbying businesses and organizations, the most ever registered in Kentucky. […]

Copyright change will benefit community newspapers with batch registrations

From the National Newspaper Association The United States Copyright Office has removed a barrier for community newspapers seeking copyright protection: it has eliminated a three-month window for registering copyrights on groups of newspapers.  After Monday, group copyright registrations can be sought any time. In 2018, the Copyright Office rolled out a new platform to help community newspapers register their copyrights. […]

With high school tournaments just around the corner, add the Encyclopedia to your library

In need of all the facts and figures about Kentucky high school basketball? We’re in the 100th anniversary of roundball in our high schools so there’s a lot of history behind the sport. And there’s a publication — an Encyclopedia as a matter fact — that’s nearly a must for sports editors, writers and aficionados across the state. Below is a […]

Sunshine Week 2019: March 10 – 16

March 10-16, 2019 Join ASNE and the Reporters Committee in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here. Calendar of Events Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding […]

Western Recorder joins with Kentucky Today; will become monthly publication

It’s an Associate Member Newspaper of KPA LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Western Recorder — Kentucky’s statewide Baptist newspaper for 190 years — will experience two significant changes in March that are designed to bolster its impact and effectiveness in communicating with Baptists across the commonwealth and beyond. The newspaper will combine operations with the KBC Communications Department as well as […]

Change by Western Recorder just part of evolution, not extinction

By Chip Hutcheson, KPA Past President and Past President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention A Business Times story last March accurately was headlined “Newspaper industry faces evolution, not extinction.” That fact-based opinion is certainly mirrored by action taken last week by the Western Recorder board of trustees. Your Western Recorder is not going away — but it is changing. And […]

Can advertisers run a ‘March Madness’ or ‘Final Four’ promotion in your newspaper?

The words “Final Four” and “March Madness” are among the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s list of registered trademarks. The unauthorized use of these and other words registered by the NCAA could lead to legal action. In conjunction with its championships, the NCAA has developed licensing and marketing programs that make use of its trademarks and championships marks. Such programs are […]

Lean and mean: New NNA team is off and running

By Teri Saylor, Special to Publishers’ Auxiliary When Lynne Lance took over as the National Newspaper Association’s executive director on Jan. 1, publishers, editors and other members likely didn’t notice any change, except for the new address in Pensacola, Florida. As chief operating officer since 2017, Lance has been the face of the association, and she has already hit the […]