The operative words: Not just coronavirus but cancellations, postponements and suspensions; test for Open Meetings’ videoteleconferencing

It’s no news to you that coronavirus is causing bedlam across the state and the country as pages have been filled with stories about everything associated with the pandemic. From “postponing” or “suspending,” the state high school basketball tournaments, the SEC and other major conferences limiting in-arena audiences and then cancelling tournaments as a whole, and even the legislature, our […]

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon rescheduled for October 15

The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon will be postponed until Thursday, October 15, 2020. Tentative plans now are to make a day of it with the Hall of Fame ceremonies at noon followed by the First Amendment address in the evening. The luncheon, as noted below, was originally scheduled for March 31.  

From around the state: Newspapers address legislature’s attempt to ‘darken’ transparency

But first, AP releases coronavirus style guide To help with coverage of the new coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, The Associated Press has prepared a guide based on the AP Stylebook and common usage in AP stories. Last week, the House surprised even its own members when Rep. Steven Rudy, chair of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, brought up House Bill 351 for […]

Appalachian News Express writer celebrated on Kelly Clarkson show

By Austin Blankenship, ANE Staff Writer An Appalachian News-Express staff writer received the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ last Friday when she and one of the women she wrote about in the News-Express in early February were featured on a special episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday. News-Express Staff Writer Nicole Ziege, 22, and Georgia Syck, 98, of Pikeville, were […]

Knight Foundation to release report Sunday on ‘Mapping the Civic Data Universe’ as Sunshine Week begins

Sunshine Week begins Sunday, March 15 and will continue through Saturday, March 21. The Sunshine Week toolkit will be available on the Sunshine Week website. We also encourage you to craft your own Sunshine Week editorials, stories, columns, cartoons and graphics. This is a good time to remind readers about the importance of open government and the role you’ve played […]

Improving relations with city hall a two-way street

By Jim Pumarlo Jim Pumarlo is a member of the Minnesota Newspaper Association and former editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle. He also is a trainer for newsroom strategies and issues, drawing on nearly 30 years of working in community newspapers. His current “day job” as director of communications for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy […]

Senate acts to rein in ads for drug injury lawsuits

Bill requires advertisers to warn ‘viewers’ but nothing said about ‘readers’ FRANKFORT – A bill that would regulate plaintiff lawyer advertisements that target consumers of prescription drugs and medical devices has advanced to the state House of Representatives. The measure, known as Senate Bill 178, would require advertisers to warn viewers that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed […]

Journalism’s coverage combover isn’t fooling anyone

From Reynolds Journalism Institute As we all know newsrooms are trying to do more work with less resources than they used to have. But, let’s be honest. We’re not fooling anyone. We’d earn more respect if we just owned reality. Because if the choice comes down to news organizations being comprehensive or being indispensable, it’s not really a choice at […]