Shoutout 1: Benjy Hamm now Mass Communications assistant professor at Campbellsville University

Benjy Hamm has been hired by Campbellsville University as an assistant professor of mass communication. Hamm was editorial page editor for The Virginian-Pilot and left that job after the paper was sold. He perhaps is best known in Kentucky as a former editorial director for Landmark Community Newspapers. “Benjy has a tremendous background in journalism,” said Stan McKinney, associate professor […]

Sentinel-Echo intern experiences why KPA established the program in the first place: To learn far beyond the classroom

By Cameron Coyle, Western Kentucky University, London Sentinel Echo Working at the Sentinel-Echo in London this summer did the one thing I thing I was hoping it would: solidify my passion for journalism. I have been very indecisive about my career path since my early years in high school, and when I changed my major to journalism my sophomore year of […]

News Express intern makes first trip to Eastern Kentucky, ends up she’ll begin her career with the Pikeville tri-weekly

By Nicole Ziege, Western Kentucky University, Appalachian News Express Pikeville My name is Nicole Ziege, and I had only interned at my student newspaper, the College Heights Herald, before coming to intern at the Appalachian News-Express in Pikeville, Kentucky. I decided to apply for the Kentucky Press Association summer internships because I hoped to gain more journalism experience while covering […]

Intern covered meetings but by listening, learned he could develop a number of stories from topics discussed

By Noah Oldham, University of Kentucky, Georgetown News-Graphic My internship at the Georgetown News-Graphic has been a largely formative experience of the career in journalism that I’m actively pursuing. In the past 10 weeks I have been treated way less like an intern and much more like a reporter. I’ve learned a ton at the News-Graphic about local reporting and […]

Intern jumped right in and got to cover the Democratic primary for Governor’s race

By Daneyl Tackett, Morehead State University, Morehead News For 10 weeks this summer, I interned at The Morehead News. I also did work for the Grayson Journal-Enquirer and the Olive Hill times, which is my hometown newspaper. I reported on differing topics including the governor’s race with Rocky Adkins’ watch party and a speech during a campaign by Adkins and […]

Internship with Winchester Sun renews excitement for a young journalist

Nacogdoches Miller, Morehead State University, The Winchester Sun   This summer I spent my 10-week KPA internship working with The Winchester Sun learning the ins and outs of daily deadlines, community functions and finding stories. Before my internship with The Sun, I had never worked on in-depth magazine projects or under the stress of having daily assignments, usually multiple and some […]

With internship completed, now it’s time to think about where career takes him

By Keith Jaco, Murray State University, Livingston Ledger, Smithland During my time with Kentucky Publishing Newspaper Group I was able to apply myself to multiple news stories that I had previously been a stranger to. I delved into business, finance, urban development and even sports, my preferred topic to report on. Going into the internship my experience in writing regular […]

Grants to travel aboard plus the KPA internship made Samantha Tamplin’s summer perfect

By Samantha Tamplin, Eastern Kentucky University, Grant County News   When I got the call in that on-campus Starbucks that I was being considered for not one, but two summer internships through the Kentucky Press Association, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. After being awarded some unexpected grants to travel abroad this summer, I had given up hope […]

Shoutout 2: Mike Scogin celebrates 25th year, Cheryl Campbell retires at Jackson

A Shoutout to Mike Scogin, publisher of the Georgetown News-Graphic, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of the Scott County tri-weekly on July 26. He’s been a publisher in Texas, Alabama and Kentucky since 1987. If that’s not enough, he’s celebrating his birthday the same day. And a belated Shoutout to Cheryl Campbell, advertising manager of the Jackson Breathitt County […]

Woody/Chloe Fall Chapter Series attracting more newspapers; Woody is ‘out of sorts’ when he hasn’t read the newspaper

We’re past the halfway point to our goal of newspapers carrying the 2019 Fall Chapter Series. Again, this year’s series focuses on newspapers and the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Press Association. So far, 37 newspapers with 173,000 circulation and $3,472 in funding has been committed in the first two weeks. The deadline to signup is not until August 26 […]


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