Count ’em: One day left in 2019 Kentucky General Assembly; Al Cross commentary on 2019 session

  We’re down to the final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly but that’s about two weeks away. The legislature has entered the “Veto Session” time and will not be in session again until March 28. While established as a “veto override” day, it’s doubtful the House and Senate will have to override any vetoes, leaving them time to […]

RESILIENT: That’s the word in describing Kentucky newspapers

If someone asked me to describe the Kentucky newspaper industry in one word, the best and perhaps only word I could come up with would be “resilient.” From the standpoint of withstanding all the pressures of the industry today. Over the years, our newspapers have withstood the economy, the pressures of other communications means, fires, tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards. You […]

Legacies in KPA from the 1945 directory

At the right is the front cover of the 1945 KPA Directory, or rather “Rate Book” as they were called back then. The rate book was printed in manilla folder format but heavier weight paper and inside was just 12 pages containing information about Kentucky newspapers. Scan the 1945 KPA Directory and you’ll likely recognize a few names. At least […]

Jennifer Brown joins Landmark as ‘roving reporter’

Jennifer P. Brown has been hired as a roving reporter for Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. She is a freelance journalist and the former editor of her hometown’s daily newspaper, the Kentucky New Era, in Hopkinsville. In a newspaper career spanning 30 years, she earned Kentucky Press Association awards for news, feature and editorial writing — and under her leadership, the […]

Alan Gibson receives second award for high school athletics support in Clinton County

Alan Gibson, publisher of the Clinton County News and long time supporter of local high school sports, in fact, “The Voice of Clinton County High athletics,” received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement and Service Award, given out by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coach (KABC). The presentation was made at Rupp Arena during the boys high school state tournament. It was the […]

Exploring Legal Challenges to Transparency in the First Amendment’s ‘Right-to-Know’

The following article is written by Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University. She submitted this essay about the legal challenges to transparency and it was published Tuesday as a part of the First Amendment series, a yearlong project of the Journalism History journal and website. The article was written in preparation for […]

PCAK prepares packet for KPA members on child abuse prevention month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and as it has for the last few years, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky has prepared a special media packet just for Kentucky newspapers. The packet includes a cover letter from executive director Jill Seyfred, quotes that can be used in writing a story, an “Issues Dashboard” including statistics on Child Abuse in Kentucky, Substance […]

Job Openings around the Commonwealth

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is looking for a Communications Assistant. Here is a pdf from PCAK concerning that opening — Hiring Notice COMMUNICATIONS ASSIST   General Manager/Sales/Publisher – Butler County Banner/Edmonson News Immediate opening. Position has competitive salary and benefits. Send resume and work experience to Jobe Publishing is a family owned newspaper, serving Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe and […]

Host Newspapers have a week to select interns for 2019

Just a week remains for the Host Newspapers to select their interns for 2019. The KPA Past Presidents, overseeing the Kentucky Journalism Foundation, selected 15 newspapers at its January meeting to have interns for this summer. Internships are for 10 weeks and each receives $4,000. As of today, nine newspapers have filled their 2019 summer internship slot. The interns selected […]

Into the Issues: Newspapers need to explain ‘How We Work’

Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a journalism professor at the University of Kentucky and director of its Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which publishes The Rural Blog at By Al Cross Newspapers cover almost every […]