Changes on the horizon for Public Records Law

One would extend to five days agency’s time frame to respond to request; residency to request a record will be required but with news organization exemption; KPA argued against other changes Expect to hear about some changes in Kentucky’s Open Records Law in the very near future. With the deadline approaching for introduction of new House bills for the 2020 […]

Senate Bill 162 would require training of city officials on Open Meetings/Records

Here’s a history lesson on Open Meetings/Records. Back in 2005, Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, the same Rep. Graham who is now the Minority Party Leader in the House, came up with the idea to train public officials on the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws. He saw frequent misinterpretations and misunderstandings of the laws by public officials, including the Frankfort […]

Sunshine Week set for March 15 – 21

Make plans now to join the Kentucky Press Association and news organizations across the country in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Sunshine Week will be celebrated March 15-21. The Sunshine Week toolkit will be available on the Sunshine Week website. We also encourage you to craft […]

Bins set up in Franklin County for paper recycling

For the second time in the last month, a city has set up recycling bins to be used for paper recycling, including newsprint. Last month it was Lexington and this week the city of Frankfort announced it will be placing bins for paper, including newsprint.   By Jordan Hensley, The State-Journal The wait is over. Starting next week, paper recycling […]

Campbellsville’s Media Appreciation Luncheon set for April 9; you’re invited

Campbellsville University’s 16th Annual Media Appreciation Luncheon is Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. EDT in the Banquet Hall. This year will be a brunch and will feature Campbellsville University graduates talking about their successes in the field. The theme is “Planting the Seeds of Success.” The university invites all media representatives to attend so Campbellsville University can show our […]

Courier-Journal’s Black History Month salutes includes Frank Stanley, Sr., Alice Dunnigan

From the Courier-Journal: Editor’s Note: Each day during February, Black History Month, The Courier Journal is featuring African Americans who impacted Kentucky. They were chosen by the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. The center’s goals are to enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans in Kentucky and in the African Diaspora. The center […]

Marsy’s Law; Experiences in other states show it’s not good for press, public’s right to know

Earlier this week, Sen. Whitney Westerfield got the Senate to approve, again, his legislation called Marsy’s Law. I say again because he did this previously but the wording in the Constitutional Amendment advertising did not pass muster with the Supreme Court and it was ruled unconstitutional. That came after what Senator Westerfield said was approved by 63 percent of Kentucky’s […]

Political season is nearing so here’s a primer on political advertising laws

I saw a story earlier this week that with March approaching, it’s time to watch political rates start skyrocketing. Made me think that whoever believes that doesn’t know what Kentucky’s law states. That’s because the law specifically prohibits charging a candidate in excess of the lowest rate charged to other advertisers. So there’s no price gouging when election season rolls […]

Here’s a chance to help host a Smithsonian Exhibit in your community — Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

Kentucky Humanities invites smaller museums, libraries, and historical societies in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents to apply to host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. It could be a perfect opportunity for a local newspaper to partner with one or more of those groups to host the display. The portable, six-kiosk display was […]

Trent Knuckles leaving News-Journal today after 24 years

Trent Knuckles is leaving the Corbin News-Journal today, his last day after 24 years at the weekly. Trent started with the newspaper in late 1996 shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky where he majored in Political Science, and worked at the Kentucky Kernel as a reporter, columnist, summer News Editor and Editorial Editor. Trent did serve a paid […]