So what will future conventions look, be like? Committee to discuss survey results

Will it be just one day or a day and half, as has been the agenda since the late 1990s? Will the awards presentations remain a banquet or be more informal with just a reception and awards announcements, or maybe an on-stage theater seating presentation? Will we reserve overnight sleeping rooms or let everyone just take care of their own […]

The revised KPA News Contest: Updates, new categories are in the works; a glimpse to the future

The Associated Press is sponsoring a Freedom of Information Award in the KPA contest so KPA is honoring the ‘Father of Kentucky’s Open Meetings/Records’ by naming it for Jon Fleischaker There are some new categories on the horizon for the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers 2019 contest and some tweaks in existing rules and categories. The new categories: The Jon Fleischaker […]

Contact your local public library about purchasing a copy of ‘Still, We Speak’

A few weeks ago, a “graduate” of the first KPA Journalism Boot Camp contacted me about a book she was writing. It had to do with a journalist and she wanted me to read over the chapter about his newspaper career and the Kentucky Press Association. She didn’t have to open the door too far for me to get a […]

CU Away mass comm students meet with Washington, D.C. media professionals during 11-day trip

By Ariel C. Emberton, student intern writer, Office of Campbellsville University Communications More pictures from the trip are available at: Seven students had the opportunity to study in Washington, D.C. as part of the first CU Away trip offered by Campbellsville University. Students visited various media outlets and locations during their 11-day trip. “Students get tired of listening to […]

Jowanna Bandy to retire June 28 after leading Andy Anderson Corp for 18 years

By C. JOSH GIVENS, Andy Anderson Corporation General Manager Jowanna Bandy has announced she will retire June 28 after serving 18 years leading the company. AAC is the parent company of the Leader-News in Central City, The Ohio County Times-News in Hartford, Paragon Printing, and Radioactive Media, an operator of four radio stations in Muhlenberg and Ohio counties. Bandy […]

In case you missed it, new laws take effect June 27

The Legislative Research Commission sent a release this week about the effective date of legislation passed during the 2019 General Assembly. Just in case you missed or didn’t get that release, here’s the specifics and some new laws on the books starting June 27.   From Robert Weber, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission   FRANKFORT – Most new laws approved during […]

Garrett, former managing editor, named editor of Madisonville Messenger

Staff report from the Madisonville Messenger A familiar face to the staff of The Messenger has been named the paper’s editor. Jon Garrett, 49, a 21-year resident of Madisonville and the paper’s former managing editor, is replacing Mike Alexieff, who has accepted a publisher position with a Paxton Media Group sister paper in Lebanon, Tennessee. “Jon is a talented journalist […]

Continuity, Cooperation, Credibility and Commitment

One of our printing customers includes the following observation just above the signature line on all his emails: “To say you don’t need newspapers because you’ve got the internet is like saying you don’t need farmers because you’ve got a grocery store.” In almost every community the local paper is the first recorder of news. Little Joe Brown might have […]

Apply for business journalism fellowship by June 28

From the Rural Blog/Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues The Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York is accepting applications for its Summer 2019 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. The deadline is June 28. The fellowship grants provide up to $15,000 and editorial support each for experienced journalists to produce high-impact investigative or enterprise stories with an […]

Social Media’s Bottom Line

By Kevin Slimp, Guru When my publisher friend Joel Washburn asked me to visit his newspaper in McKenzie, Tennessee in June for a couple of days to work with his staff, he had the usual lists of items to cover while I was there: – InDesign training … check – Photo editing training … check – PDF issues training … […]