4 years later, the Herald-Leader finally gets the records from UK that started at an illegal meeting

9 pages or 15,000? After 4-year legal battle, UK turns over clinic records to Herald-Leader BY HERALD-LEADER EDITORIAL BOARD In 2016, UK redacted all billing details from 14 pages of a November 2015 invoice from Sheppard Mullin, a Washington, D.C. law firm that has helped UK with federal billing problems at a Hazard cardiology firm it acquired in 2013. It’s […]

Vote to allow Online Publications/Newspapers full membership is in process; we’ll know outcome by March 6

At its January meeting, the KPA Board of Directors approved a committee’s proposal to allow Online Publications/Newspapers full membership in the Kentucky Press Association. For several years, those online publications had been considered “Associate Members” of KPA, having rights to many of the services and benefits offered by the organization. The exceptions were voting privileges and entering the contests. The […]

HB 195 passes House, survives effort to radically change Public Notices and now it’s on to the Senate

House Bill 195, the legislation on Public Notice advertising, was presented to the full House Wednesday afternoon and resulted in a lengthy discussion, some strong comments against subsidizing newspapers with taxpayer money and two floor amendments. Floor Amendment 1 by the sponsor was a technical correction. But Floor Amendment 2 had a lengthy discussion before it came up for a […]

The answer says it all and yes, it really did happen. In Kentucky!!

State Representative Maria Sorolis, D-Jefferson and Oldham counties, re-tweeted this from Bluegrass Politics, a part of the Lexington Herald-Leader. She notes, “And that is the problem.” Representative Sorolis has filed two bills in the current session dealing with Open Government — House Bill 292 on Open Records; House Bill 309 on Open Meetings. Both have been assigned to committees but […]

SPJ Chapter memorializes Mike Farrell with its annual scholarship

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its annual scholarship, named this year in memory of journalist and journalism educator Mike Farrell. The chapter will award at least one $1,000 scholarship to a college journalism student from Kentucky or attending a Kentucky institution. For more information, and to apply online, go to: Application and Information […]

Pew Center study on newspapers as ‘the’ news source and quoted by HB 195 sponsor

In the presentation of House Bill 195 on Wednesday, and in an earlier committee meeting, sponsor Rep. Jerry Miller said newspapers are read by only 15 percent of the public, according to a Pew Center study. Well making a statement like that got my blood pressure up and made me curious. So I contacted Michael Barthel, a senior researcher with […]

Jackson County native comes back home to take over as GM of The Sun

‘The only constant is change’ By Carmen Abner, Jackson County Sun Around 2500 years ago an ancient Greek philosopher by the name of Heraclitus wrote down the now famous line, “The only constant is change.”  And 2500 years later there has been nothing to suggest that he was wrong. I mentioned last week that here had been some changes at […]

It’s just about time — when clocks move forward; KY resolution urges Congress to stop the practice

Seems like only last week or month that we were pushing the clocks back an hour. And I’m a little ahead of the game for you this year, but moving those timepieces forward an hour is just a couple of weeks away. Come Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., it’ll be time to do that again. This gives you time […]

Shoutout to Pat Cheek, Jackie Anders

A shoutout this week, a little belatedly, to Pat Cheek, longtime ad director and more recently the GM of the Middlesboro (Daily) News and Harlan (Daily) Enterprise — daily in parentheses since both changed to multi-weekly in 2019. Pat emailed Thursday to notify us it was her last day at the newspapers. A well-deserved retirement! Good luck, Pat. And a […]

Call ’em what you want but if a business is changing with a ‘sale’ then there’s a law for that

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been meaning to bring this law back to the forefront. With several members having new ad directors and staff, not excluding new publishers either, we remind newspapers periodically about what’s under the general title of “Going Out of Business.” The news this week about Pier 1 Imports filing bankruptcy and announcing that at least […]


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