America’s Newspapers offers free marketing campaign to newspapers promoting subscriptions; available in print or digital

Ads are available at no cost; space for you to add your newspaper name or logo “Newspapers have your back,” reads a new marketing campaign being rolled out by America’s Newspapers.  “We are grateful for those who have our back in this important time.” Newspapers can download this series of print and social media ads at no cost.  The print […]

Man bun or Willie Nelson braids? Loyd Ford asks readers to decide

Loyd Ford faces a dilemma. In his column last week, Loyd told readers that with barber shops shut down in and around Calvert City, he guessed he was going to have to let his hair grow. But he wasn’t quite sure how his best locks or looks might play out. So he took it to the readers to decide. Man […]

Into the Issues: COVID19 is ‘the challenge of our time,’ especially for community newspapers

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Politicians have long liked to say this or that is “the challenge of our time.” It’s an over-used phrase, but for those of us born after World War II, the coronavirus pandemic is surely that. And it is especially a challenge for community newspapers, because it comes on top of […]

A Spanish Flu Public Notice from 1918

Former press association colleague, friend and golfing buddy Doug Crews, who was executive director at the Missouri Press Association for several years, found this ad from 1918 and shared it. It’s from Kelowna, British Columbia. Even though it was published 102 years ago, the notice almost could be read to sound like 2020.

Hancock Clarion gets a Shoutout from the Lewisport City Council

The Lewisport City Council had a full page business ad in the Hancock Clarion and included a Shoutout to the Hancock Clarion. It’s ad listed for ways Lewisport residents could help one another during the COVID19 pandemic. Number four was: 4.) Staying up-to-date with the Hancock Clarion is also imperative for keeping you informed on our local news and keeping […]

7 Kentucky media companies get a share of Facebook Journalism Project funding

The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) has announced 400 North American local newsrooms receiving FJP Community Network grants to support their coronavirus reporting. Located in 48 US states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and several provinces and territories in Canada, the publishers will each receive a $5,000 USD grant to cover unexpected costs associated with reporting on the crisis in their communities. […]

Help us promote

We’ve shared the QR Code with newspapers to give immediate access to the website and have borrowed this promotion from The Lake News in Calvert City. The website was the project of Jamie Sizemore when she was KPA President and it’s been in operation since 2012. Public notices published in Kentucky newspapers are scraped and then uploaded to the […]

Here’s the danger of suspending publication during COVID 19

Kentucky update: We’ve only had one newspaper contact KPA about stopping publication for two weeks and moving to online only during that time. Once the public notice advertising situation was explained, the publisher decided not to stop publication.   The town of Glastonbury, Connecticut announced last week it would begin publishing public notices on its website in lieu of newspaper […]

Many news organizations will cast aside historic taboos and apply for federal money

As the applications for federal coronavirus relief loans open, newsroom leaders and industry lobbyists have suggested they’ll seek a piece of the pie   By Kelly McBride and Rick Edmonds Poynter Institute Local newsrooms are so pressed for cash that historic taboos on asking for government assistance seem to have melted away. As the applications for federal coronavirus relief loans open, many newsroom […]

General Assembly to reconvene on April 14, for final day or two

From the Legislative Research Commission FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on Tuesday, April 14. Both the Senate and House are scheduled to gavel in at noon. By returning to the State Capitol on April 14, lawmakers will resume the legislative session one day later than previously announced. The number of session days has been reduced […]