KPA Contest changes include establishing the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award

Category will be sponsored by the AP to honor the Father of Open Meetings/Open Records in Kentucky A few weeks ago, there was mention of a couple of changes being considered for the KPA News Contest. Those caught the eye of Adam Yeomans with the Associated Press and led to the AP becoming involved. With no statewide AP contest for […]

James Scogin, News-Graphic win two Communicator Awards in worldwide competition

For documentary on ‘Leader of the Pack’ about Scott County basketball coach Billy Hicks From Georgetown News-Graphic staff reports   James Scogin and the Georgetown News-Graphic won two Communicator Awards for a documentary of former Scott County High School coach Billy Hicks. The awards are part of the 25th Annual Communicator Awards and are presented by the Academy of Interactive […]

‘We have to fight back’: Newspapers fight governments over notices

KPA President gives keynote speech to Knox County Chamber of Commerce

By Samantha Walden, The Mountain Advocate “Our job [as an organization] is to work for you and our very reason to exist is to keep you informed,” said Jay Nolan, president of Kentucky Press Association (KPA) and publisher of Mountain Advocate Media. “If we don’t have your support, we will lose to political interest.” His comments came as he addressed […]

Walker named The Messenger’s news editor as Tom Berry prepares for retirement

From the Mayfield Messenger A familiar face will soon lead the news operations for The Mayfield Messenger and mayfield­ Eric Walker has been named news editor and will oversee the newsroom functions beginning July 1. Current Editor Tom Berry will retire from the newspaper on June 30. A reception to honor Berry is planned for Wednesday, June 26, from 3­ to 5 p.m. at The Mayfield Messenger office, 111 S. Seventh St. “Eric will make a great news editor for The Mayfield Messenger,” said Berry. “He’s very experienced in news, as well as sports, and will do an excellent job. Personally, I don’t think the newspaper could have picked anyone better for the position. It’s just another reason local residents should seriously consider looking to The Mayfield Messenger as their No. 1 source for local news and sports.” Walker has served as the sports editor for The Mayfield Messenger, most recently since 2016, providing coverage of athletic events at Mayfield and Graves County high schools. He also was the sports editor from 1996 to 2001 and was a general assignment reporter from 1992 to 1995. He is no stranger to the news editor position. Walker was managing editor at the Murray Ledger and Times from 2001 to 2008 overseeing a staff of reporters and photographers and placing an emphasis on community journalism. “When I started at The Mayfield Messenger 27 years ago, my job was as the staff writer. Now to have this opportunity as news editor, I am very grateful,” said Walker. “Much of my time here […]

SNPA, Inland boards approve plan to merge

In concurrent board meetings held June 5, directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) and the Inland Press Association unanimously approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective October 1. Details of the plan approved by the two boards will be sent to members of both associations on June 7 for their consideration and vote.  The result of […]

David Shabazz promoted to associate professor with tenure at K State

David Shabazz, former advisor to The Thorobred News at Kentucky State University and the journalism program coordinator, has been appointed associate professor with tenure. David applied for the status and was approved by the Kentucky State University Board of Regents. David is also the advisor to the Student Broadcasting Club.

Temporary ‘safe harbor’ for publishers introduced in U.S. Senate

Legislation introduced that creates a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to band together to negotiate with online platforms to protect Americans’ access to trustworthy sources of news online. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act creates a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to band together to negotiate with online platforms to protect Americans’ access to trustworthy sources of news […]

100 minutes with Kevin Slimp, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat coming up in webinar form on June 13

Upcoming Webinars at Newspaper Academy 100 Minute Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Extravaganza with Kevin Slimp! Thursday, June 13 (100 minutes) Registration: Click here to register for Kevin’s Webinar June 13, 2019 • 11:00 a.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Central What are the most important skills to know in Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat? During this 100-minute Extravaganza, users will learn the most […]

Rural teens seek (but rarely find) themselves in local news coverage

From Reynolds Journalism Institute There is a heightened interest in what goes on in the heads and hearts of modern teenagers — dubbed “Generation Z” (Gen Z) — particularly by legacy media. But teenagers from rural communities, especially in the Midwest, are not often factored into mainstream Gen Z coverage. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such […]

19 ideas to make your summer content useful, engaging and fun

From the Local Media Association Ah, the summertime, when the living is easy. But when content and traffic sometimes dries up. Well, with a little purposeful planning and engagement, the summer can be a booming time for your news organization. Here is a list of ideas you could try this summer: 1. Build a map of fireworks shows: Showcase where your […]