Legislative Week in Review Week 6 – 2019 Regular Session

From Top Shelf Lobby, KPA’s Lobbying Firm Friday, March 8, 2019 I know most of you get weekly reports from your State Representative or Senator that’s pretty much a partisan/personal view of what’s going on around the Capitol. Our lobbying group, Top Shelf Lobby, does the same kind of report for its clients and so as the session winds down, […]

Convert your postage CAPS account to Enterprise Payment System by April 1 or apply for an extension by March 15!

By Tonda Rush, National Newspaper Association general counsel Community newspapers using Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) for postage payments through trust accounts should be aware that the US Postal Service plans to shut down CAPS after April 1.  Companies that will not be ready for the conversion may apply for an extension at their Business Mail Entry Units before March […]

Fleischaker talks about legislation, public access to open government in SPJ/IRJCI/KPA session

KPA general counsel Jon Fleischaker, the father of Open Meetings and Open Records, and attorney for other Kentucky newspapers, held a 60-minute discussion of public access to open government Thursday night. The session, held at the Lexington Herald-Leader, was sponsored by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and KPA. […]

Set those clocks forward Sunday morning

It’s time to return to Daylight Saving Time and that happens at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, March 10. Remind your readers, if you haven’t already, and then remind yourself to set the clocks FORWARD one hour this weekend if you don’t think you’ll be awake at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Hall of Fame inductee Ewell Balltrip passed away Thursday

Just two and a half weeks before his scheduled induction into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, Ewell Balltrip passed away Thursday. Ewell had been editor and publisher of the Middlesboro Daily News and Harlan Daily Enterprise when those were owned by the New York Times. He also served on the National Advisory Board for the UK College of Communication […]

Need some bedtime reading? Check out all the legislation we’ve been keeping an eye on

The 2019 General Assembly is winding down — do I hear a Hallelujah? — and with just four available work days left, thing’s will be rush, rush as the bewitching hour approaches. We’ve been tracking a long list of legislation from the serious attacks on Open Records — think Senate Bill 193 and House Bill 387 — to some that […]

More than 27,000 ‘People Reached’ with Facebook Posts on legislation

Last week, we posted three articles about legislation moving through the Kentucky General Assembly. There were only two bills of major issue but we had an op-ed article by Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate, a plea for people to contact the State Representatives to vote NO on House Bill 387, and then an scathing article from the National Freedom of […]

Region 5 SPJ to host annual session April 5-6 in Louisville

Investigating for the Public Good The Society of Professional Journalists welcomes professionals, students and supporters of a free press to our annual Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky) conference Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the University of Louisville. Learn new skills, share tips and ideas with industry experts, gain insights on the most important issues facing American journalism today, and find […]

Obituary: Ralph Worley

Ralph Myron Worley, 88, of Elizabethtown, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at his home. Mr. Worley was retired from Landmark Com­mun­i­cations, publishers of The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown and several other community daily and weekly newspapers across the country. A native of Brandenburg, he was a 1948 graduate of Meade County High School and served for a time during high […]

Sunshine Week starts Sunday

Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Sunshine Week runs from March 10-16. Sunshine Week is a great opportunity for you to editorialize and write your own stories about why open government is good government. Sunshine Week is an important one  If […]