Mary Elliott Flanery: Female journalist, first female legislator in Kentucky and the South

The “Behind the Scenes” tour for the KPA Board April 18 at the Kentucky Historical Society led to a portrait displayed but on a wall in an area not open to the public. It was a portrait of Mary Ellen Flanery. Louise Jones, the director of research management for the society, wanted to specifically show the board that portrait because […]

1 classified, 52 weeks = $6,500 profit = Cha-Ching!!!

Could you use an extra $6,500 a year? What would that do to your newspaper’s bottom line? Or how about $13,000 or even $19,500? It’s not that hard if you’ll make the effort. We’re talking about the Kentucky Statewide Classified Program. Every week, people walk in or call in to your office wanting to place a classified ad. Some of […]

EKU students welcome KPA members, honor fallen journalists during First Amendment Week

    RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter celebrated First Amendment Week April 15 through 18. The week, titled “The Guardians and the War on Truth,” brought Kentucky Press Association members to campus and remembered international journalists killed while on the job. “Guardians of Kentucky” panel took place Monday, April 15. The panel, moderated by […]

Journalists advise students at NKU conference: Find the human angle

  From Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics Journalist Pamela Colloff wants people to know how flawed forensic techniques affect our criminal justice system. Editor Jonathan Fahey want to share healthcare research with the potential to prolong our lives. Both have national platforms as journalists. Colloff is a senior reporter for ProPublica and writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine. […]

EKU Libraries presented KPA 150th Anniversary book

While on the Eastern Kentucky University campus for the ‘Guardians of Kentucky’ panel Monday, April 15, during First Amendment Week, John Nelson presented a signed copy of KPA’s 150th anniversary book to EKU Libraries Dean Betina Gardner. John authored the book as a part of the 2019 celebration of KPA’s Sesquicentennial. A KPA Past President, he has a bachelor of […]

Videos of First Amendment Week celebration at Eastern Kentucky University

Below are videos from Eastern Kentucky University for the special commemorations the week of April 15. One is from the “Guardians of Kentucky” panel discussion, moderated by John Nelson. The other is the reading of names of journalists killed in 2018.    

Herald-Leader adding health, social services reporter as part of Report for America project

From Kentucky native Alex Acquisto will join the Lexington Herald-Leader staff in June to cover health and social services for the news organization as part of a nationwide project called Report for America. The program places talented emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities. Acquisto is one of 61 journalists, referred to […]

15 internships for 2019 are filled, knock on wood

For the first time in a few years, it appears every internship offered by the Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Journalism Foundation is filled. That’s the latest update after the 15th spot was taken earlier this week. We’ve had years when newspapers had to carry over their internship spot to the following year, as many as five of those in some years. […]

Rufus Friday to be inducted into Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame

From Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Rufus Friday, former publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader, will be inducted into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame on May 23. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass,  JA Business Hall of Fame is a celebration that provides Junior Achievement the opportunity to recognize our state’s most respected leaders for their commitment to and […]

Dunbar High journalism students denied access so they took Education Secretary to task

Paul Laurence Dunbar High journalism students made national news this last week because they were shut out from a conference with Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Some Kentucky papers picked up on the story almost immediately and then the Washington Post did its own story. Read some of the articles about the students and how they […]