Set your sights on the 2020 KPA Winter Convention, January 23-24 at the Lexington Hilton

We hope you’ve set your sights on the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, January 23 and 24 at the Hilton Inn in downtown Lexington. Of immediate need is to make your room reservation(s) with the Hilton by using our direct link reservation form. For access to the hotel link and to register for the […]

KPA President has sit-down interview with Kentucky’s new Attorney General

While most of the state constitutional officers don’t take office until January, Kentucky’s new Attorney General Daniel Cameron is already getting settled in. That’s because Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s 63rd governor who was sworn in December 10, had to vacate the AG’s office when he moved to the Governor’s Office. And not wanting to leave the state without an Attorney […]


Happy Holidays from your Kentucky Press Association staff. Our offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, for Christmas. We will also close at noon on Tuesday, December 31, and be closed on Wednesday, January 1, as we welcome in 2020!

Industry Insight: Why news orgs should be collaborating with student journalists (and it’s a KPA convention program, too)

By Matt DeRienzo Matt DeRienzo has worked in journalism as a reporter, editor, publisher, corporate director of news for 25 years, including most recently as vice president of news and digital content at Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers, and previously serving as the first full-time executive director of LION Publishers, a national nonprofit that supports the publishers of local independent online news […]

Still shopping? Taking a trip? Need a new car? Remember the KPA Member Service TicketsatWork

We promote it in late Spring and during the summer with ideas like rental cars, discounted flights and discount tickets to amusement parks such as Kings Island. But what we haven’t promoted recently is an extension of the member service that operates throughout the year. Maybe it’s a ski trip you want to take. Or you’re thinking about buying […]

‘An ingenious idea’

Last week’s item on the Russell County Public Library — — and its new facility that features a wall of old issues from the Russell County News, drew this comment to On Second Thought from Tom Preston: “An ingenious idea, so resourceful.  The originator deserves prolonged applause as do decision-makers endorsing such a valuable display offering historic attention, enlightenment, […]

Need we say more? Cartoon by Linda Boileau at State Journal says a lot!

By Linda Boileau, Frankfort State Journal   

Rick Welch retiring at the end of the year

From the Madisonville Messenger After more than 39 years working in the newspaper industry, Madisonville Messenger publisher Rick Welch will be retiring at the end of this year. Welch’s newspaper career began right after graduating from Indiana University. His first job was a sportswriting stint at the daily Gary Post-Tribune. As time passed, he was promoted into advertising sales at […]

Survey aims to help identify the safety needs of journalists covering the 2020 elections

KPA is joining with the Committee to Protect Journalists and state press associations across the country to help identify safety needs journalists covering elections in 2020. Rallies, campaign events, protests: They are all part of the election beat, and they are also potential flashpoints for the journalists covering them. During elections, journalists are at increased risk of attack, arrest, and […]

Good Giving Challenge hits $1.8 million; right at $11 million this decade for non-profits

Blue Grass Community Foundation co-sponsored the ninth annual GoodGiving Challenge that just wrapped up its 2019 campaign. Thanks to generous donors, the Challenge has raised $11 million for our region’s hard-working nonprofits since its inception in 2011. Chris Eddie with Smiley Pete Publishing, involved with the project and an Associate Member Newspaper of KPA, said $1.8 million was gathered this year. The […]