Student journalists: Raisin’ hell because they believe in the truth

By Ray Hunter, Managing Editor, The Bridge, Somerset Community College It’s no secret that the free press is under attack in the United States. With allegations of “fake news” flying from both sides of the aisle and the commander-in-chief’s declaration that journalists are “the enemy of the people,” Americans are having serious trust issues with the news media. Sadly, it […]

Jailers Association sends message: No red watermarks on mugshots provided for media use

Renee Craddock, with the Kentucky Jailers Association, sent a message to all jailers this past week, concerning the use of the red watermarks on jail mugshots. Keep this message handy and if your local jail provides a mugshot with the red watermarks, show them this message and encourage them to contact Renee. She’s been helpful to a couple of newspapers […]

Hutcheson named interim managing editor for the Western Recorder as it begins transition

A long-time Kentucky journalist has been named interim managing editor of the Western Recorder, which converts in March from a tabloid newspaper to a monthly magazine serving Kentucky Baptists. Chip Hutcheson, a retired newspaper publisher from Princeton, will be relocating to Louisville to be part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Communications team. The selection was approved Monday by the KBC […]

How bad is House Bill 387? This article by our general counsels make it pretty obvious

It’s atrocious, horrific, a catastrophe, disastrous. Pick a word and that’s probably an accurate description of House Bill 387. As introduced by Rep. Jason Petrie, and then amended before it went to the House Economic Development Committee, HB 387 is one of the worst pieces of legislation introduced during the 2019 session. It’s the second major assault on the state’s […]

House Bill 22: It’s good, it’s bad and now it’s better. Somewhat.

When it was introduced by Rep. Mark Hart, House Bill 22 was good. It deals with filling a vacancy on a local school board. Instead of allowing the state to fill the vacant seat, the bill would allow the local school board to do that after two weeks of advertising the opening in the local newspaper. But when it got […]

‘Time to try new things.’ Tom Eblen on retiring from the Herald-Leader and his next chapter

By Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader After 21 years at the Lexington Herald-Leader, I leave the staff March 1. I have had a great run, but it’s time to try new things. McClatchy, which owns this and 28 other newspapers, made a voluntary early retirement offer to 450 staff members nationwide. For this 60-year-old, it is an offer too good to […]

Legislators’ financial disclosure statements now available online; lobby spending in January highest in odd-year session at $2.2 million

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission A special election for the office of State Senator, 31st Senatorial District, will be held in all precincts in Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, and Pike Counties on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The candidates in the special election are Darrell W. Pugh and Charles “Phillip” Wheeler, Jr., and the candidates’ financial disclosure […]

RJI Fellow helps Missouri teens engage with local newspapers to see value, lives in news

News outlets need the buy-in and trust of teens as news targets now and in the future, says Nico Gendron, freelancer and creative strategist at The New York Times. That inspired her to tackle a fellowship project at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute to help a group of Missouri teens see themselves in news and see the value of […]

Full load or half-load

By John Foust, Raleigh, NC  Greg used to help his uncle sell and deliver firewood on weekends. No doubt, that influenced one of his first phone calls when he started selling advertising for his local newspaper. His prospect asked, “Why are you asking so many questions?” and he said, “I’m just trying to figure out if you need a full […]

An Arizona cop threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist. She wasn’t backing down.

When a small-town Arizona cop stopped a 12-year-old reporter who was chasing down a story tip on Monday, he probably had no idea what he was getting himself into. Hilde Kate Lysiak, the preteen journalist whose exploits have inspired a Scholastic book series and an upcoming TV show, made a name for herself in 2016 by being the first to […]