In waning hours of March 26, General Assembly makes temporary changes to Open Meetings/Records laws

Changes are in place only during ‘pendency’ of a state emergency This went out by email to all editors this morning but it’s certainly important enough to use in On Second Thought. In the waning hours of yesterday’s General Assembly session, the legislature approved unanimously and sent to the governor an amended Senate Bill 150. It deals with the COVID-19 […]

Front page sent to all newspapers mimics effort in United Kingdom

It didn’t take long for a front page effort by about two dozen newspapers in the United Kingdom to make its rounds in the U.S. Press associations across the country were sharing links to the effort and soon newspapers took notice. Step in Carol Daniels, the colleague at the Tennessee Press Association, who offered to get the same type project […]

Kentucky newspapers have all the angles covered when it comes to keeping their communities informed

Earlier this week, we asked KPA newspapers what all they are doing or have planned in operating during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are responses from several around the state, Chris Evans, The Crittenden Press, Marion, KY David, The Crittenden Press has responded to the pandemic in many ways, perhaps the most notably by hosting local video news conference each Friday […]

Governor’s Executive Order lists ‘Media’ as life-sustaining business

After much hand-wringing by publishers, editors and ad managers on whether actions by Gov. Andy Beshear would allow newspapers to stay open, written confirmation came mid-week that newspapers and other media were “life-sustaining” businesses and may stay open. Jon Fleischaker, KPA general counsel, had eased the concern last week by getting verbal confirmation from the governor’s office that newspapers were […]

ASL interpreter an overnight sensation on Governor’s Press Conferences

And Virginia Moore has a newspaper connection There’s a newspaper connection with Virginia Moore, the American Sign Language interpreter who’s been next to, but socially distanced, when Gov. Andy Beshear has had his late afternoon press conferences during the COVID-19 outbreak. Her father, who was deaf, as was her mother, worked in pasteup for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Of course, that’s […]

Daily press conferences will have limited media space; livestream on your website

From the Governor’s Office Effective Thursday, March 26, to further limit the possible spread of COVID-19 and bolster social distancing efforts during Gov. Beshear’s news conferences, space in Room 110 of the Capitol will temporarily be limited to four (4) reporters. Measures will be taken to ensure that all reporters who want to attend are rotated in consistently. Media should […]

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Jeff Moreland returns as regional editor for some Boone Newspapers in Kentucky

Jeff Moreland, former general manager/editor of the Central Kentucky News Journal in Campbellsville and the Springfield Sun, took time away from the newspaper business but soon realized his love for community news and has returned. He’s now regional editor for Boone Newspapers, overseeing Danville, Winchester, Nicholasville, Stanford, Middlesboro, Harlan and a paper in Tazwell, Tenn., just over the line from Middlesboro. […]

Meade County publisher subpoenaed by Grand Jury to reveal identity of ‘anonymous columnist’

On March 9, the publisher of the Meade County Messenger, Rena Singleton, was subpoenaed to appear before the Meade County Grand Jury at 9 a.m. on April 13 to reveal the identity of Conrad Doyle, an anonymous columnist for the newspaper. Doyle’s identity is being sought “for the purpose of a criminal information submission to the Meade County Grand Jury,” […]

NMA surveys pandemic impact on newspapers

The News Media Alliance is encouraging all newspapers, including KPA members, to respond to its survey for information on how the pandemic has affected your operations. NMA will use the collected data to guide its lobbying efforts in Washington. “This particular survey is designed to give us facts to help us fight for you with policymakers,” said Paul Boyle, NMA […]