UK Archives launches digitized access to The Kentucky Press

It’s appropriate that in this the 150th year of the Kentucky Press Association and with the department’s assistance to John Nelson in the celebration book, ‘Still, We Speak,’ the University of Kentucky Archives has made available The Kentucky Press in digitized version. It’s available online at and is a compilation of issues from 1929 to 2008. That’s when it was […]

Lobbying amount increased 8 percent over last short session, to $5.02 million for 30 days

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Lobbying spending in Kentucky continues to hit all-time highs, as a record $5.02 million was spent in the first two months of the 30-day, odd-year session of the General Assembly. That’s eight percent more than the amount spent during the same period in 2017, the most recent short session. The robust […]

Legislature wraps up 2019 session with flurry of action just before Sine Die

Minutes before the stroke of midnight Thursday, March 28, the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly session came to a close. Throughout the day, legislators put final touches on a number of bills that had not yet made it through the process in the previous 29 days. Some of the final day was spent in recess, as discussions took place on what […]

April Board meeting will be (near) where it all began

You know that this is the Sesquicentennial celebration of the Kentucky Press Association and that it all began on January 13, 1869, in downtown Frankfort. Keeping with the celebration, the KPA Board of Directors will be meeting Thursday, April 18, at the Kentucky History Center. The center is located about two blocks from the building where a group of publishers […]

Campbellsville hosting media appreciation luncheon April 11

Campbellsville University is hosting its annual Media Appreciation Luncheon April 11 in the Student Center banquet room on the lower level. The event begins at 11 a.m. (Eastern). Reservations are required by April 1 and can be made by emailing Joan McKinney at Keynote speaker will be Dave LaBelle.

Tom Leach announces 2019 ‘All-Resilient Team’

By Tom Leach, Voice of the Wildcats, We are excited and proud to announce the latest edition of the “All-Resilient Team,” which honors student-athletes from Kentucky high schools who had to overcome adversity to participate and/or excel in sports in the past calendar year. “We have another amazing collection of inspiring young people from all across the state. […]

REMINDER: April 15 is deadline for Tom/Pat Gish award nominations

Nominations for the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism are being accepted through April 15. To nominate a candidate, send a detailed letter explaining how the nominee shows the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that Tom and Pat Gish demonstrated at The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg for 51 years. Documentation does not have to accompany […]

REMINDER: Al Smith Award nominations due by May 1

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in the state. The […]

Mobile microlearning works! Sample the first course in digital journalism delivered to your phone

By Linda Austin, project director of the Associated Press Media Editors’ NewsTrain and an RJI Fellow (and former editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader) Almost two years ago, I asked for help in identifying your training needs in digital journalism. More than 700 of you responded to a survey, with three-quarters supporting the idea of bite-size lessons delivered via your smartphone. The idea […]

Cross, Martin discuss accessing public records on WEKU’s ‘Eastern Standard’

Al Cross, director of the Institute on Rural Journalism and Community Issues and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, appeared on Eastern Standard, a program hosted by Tom Martin on WEKU-FM. The topic was about accessing public records even when officials resist releasing them. Below is a link to Al’s appearance on the March 28 edition of […]