Happy Labor Day; KPA Central Office will be closed Monday, September 2

Your KPA Central Office will be taking a well-deserved holiday on Monday, September 2, and reopening at 8 a.m./Eastern on Tuesday, September 3.

Two victories at Supreme Court level for Kentucky’s Open Records Laws!

Prior court’s rulings on two cases stand, resulting in major victory for Open Records https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/08/27/kentucky-supreme-court-clears-way-release-braidy-industries-investors-names/2123785001/ The Kentucky Supreme Court won’t review a case concerning whether the state can withhold records identifying shareholders in Braidy Industries, which means prior rulings requiring the documents’ release will stand, a lawyer for the Courier Journal said. The state was one of the earliest investors in […]

NBC’s Chuck Todd will headline dinner to recognize great journalism in Kentucky, Appalachia

From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues LEXINGTON, Ky. – NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will be the keynote speaker Sept. 26 at the annual Al Smith Awards Dinner, which the organizers are promoting as “Kentucky’s big night for journalism.” The Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian will go to David […]

Reminder! Hunger Action Month begins Sunday; help bring attention to the ‘food insecure’ issues residents in your community face every day

September is Hunger Action Month; Feeding Kentucky has furnished a media packet just for KPA members Feeding Kentucky has prepared a special media packet just for KPA members about Hunger Action Month that begins Sunday and continues throughout September. That packet is attached and please take the time to go through it. The figures about Overall Hunger, Child Hunger and […]

UK J-school director Mike Farrell, distinguished journalist and educator, dies after a long illness

From KyForward Mike Farrell, co-founder of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and a distinguished journalist and educator, died Wednesday afternoon after a long illness in hospice care at Rosedale Manor in Covington. Farrell — James Michael Farrell — was on medical leave from the University of Kentucky where he was serving as interim director of the School of […]

Contest registrations picking up; will you be next?

  YAY! We’re up to 23 newspapers who have registered for the 2019 KPA Contests. That’s a far cry from what we hope will be 80 to 90 newspapers in the contests before the October 18 deadline but at least it’s an improvement over the few we had last Friday. Remember, before you can do anything at all, you have […]

There’s an NIE Reunion on the horizon in Lexington, Sept. 19-22

There’s an NIE Reunion on the horizon, in Lexington, and it’s one you will not want to miss. It’s September 19-22 at the Embassy Suites at Lexington Green, just off Nicholasville Road and New Circle Road. Everything you need is attached below as a pdf. Here’s a link to the room reservation form — https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/L/LEXLGES-NER-20190919/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG — with the Embassy Suites but […]

Fall Chapter Series surpasses 203,000 circulation

The Georgetown News-Graphic signed up on deadline to publish the 2019 KPA Fall Chapter series and that pushed the total circulation above 200,000. To 203,607 to be exact. Forty-three newspapers from across the state will be using the 10-week series when it begins the week of September 15. Author Leigh Anne Florence has selected the artwork for the front cover, […]

KLEC says law should ban harassment; names Laura Hendrix as executive director

By John Schaaf, Executive Director Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission As announced a couple of weeks ago, John Schaaf is retiring from his position with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission after a stellar career with the Legislative Research Commission before moving over to KLEC. I knew John had been a journalist so when I found out he was retiring, I thanked […]

‘Kids Are Worth It’ Conference: A press packet for you and an invitation to cover the conference

Our friends at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky share with us they are hosting the 23rd annual Kids Are Worth It! Conference coming up September 9th and 10th in Lexington. PCAK has shared its 10-page press booklet with us. It is attached in pdf format. 2019 Kids Are Worth It! Conference – What the Press Need to Know It is full […]