It’s the old ‘Chicken or the Egg’ argument on two Public Notice bills from 2020 session

Which came last, the chicken or the egg? Yes, I know the old saying is “Which comes first…” But when it comes to the legislature, the question is changed. “Which came last….?” There aren’t many occasions when this policy comes into place but as the 2020 General Assembly banged to Sine Die late, late Wednesday night, there was one. It’s […]

KPA has suspended KPNS but there are options for newspapers to get a lot of ‘free’ content

Kentucky Today, Forward Kentucky, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues offer plenty of content to replace KPNS   Last week, the Kentucky Press Association Executive Committee suspended the Kentucky Press News Service. Needing to cut expenses to offset the downfall of advertising revenue, the committee had a conference call and suspending KPNS was one of the decisions put into […]

3 Boone dailies plus Ashland announce changing frequency

Frequency changes for some Kentucky newspapers are continuing. This week, the Ashland Daily Independent announced that after its Sunday, April 19 issue, it will no longer publish on Sunday but will have an expanded weekend edition for Saturday/Sunday. It’s also ceasing its Tuesday publication. And Steve Stewart, publisher of the Frankfort State Journal and other Boone Newspapers in the Bluegrass, […]

Middlesboro proclamation focused on Spanish flu as well

Well, we didn’t have to go all the way to Kelowtna British Columbia for the public notice about Spanish flu. I’m glad Doug Crews passed it along because it brought 6,945 “People Reached” on the KPA Facebook. Soon after that was published, and shared some 75 times, we received a comment on the Facebook Page about a similar proclamation much […]

$125 for a single classified sale can help your bottom line

We know all newspapers are looking for some extra revenue right now. The COVID19 pandemic has changed the way businesses operate, as in many of them being closed, and that’s affected advertising. One part that remains constant is the classified section of most newspapers. It might not be a multi-page part of each issue but there are several classified ads […]

Senator Higdon gives SHOUTOUT supporting local newspapers

For the last two weeks, State Senator Jimmy Higdon has given a huge Shoutout to local newspapers. Check his message: “Please continue to rely on your local newspapers for the latest information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. You will find no better source of local information than that contained within this paper.” Senator Higdon, who lives in Lebanon, serves […]

Local governments share cost of ‘special’ edition

Woodford County local governments — Midway, Versailles and the county — shared the cost of a COVID-19 special edition of the Woodford Sun that went to all households in the county. In a column about the special edition, editor John McGary noted that once each fall, The Sun sends a copy of the newspaper to every household — about 13,000 […]

Eastern, Murray land three internships for KPA/KJF summer program

Morehead, Western have two each while Campbellsville, Northern one  Plans are proceeding for the 2020 KPA/Kentucky Journalism Foundation summer internship program. Most of the students will begin their 10-week internship in mid-May. Each intern will receive $4,000, paid over the course of 10 weeks. Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University both have three students selected by Host Newspapers, with […]

AP makes coronavirus dataset available to all

AP’s county-level U.S. coronavirus data is now publicly available through the platform By Lauren Easton, The Associated Press (Click on in subhead to go to the information.) AP uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering as its source for COVID-19 cases and deaths. AP has paired this data with population figures and county […]

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky pledges to assist families through basic needs funding, support amidst COVID-19  

Lexington, KY – Many families are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of the abuse and neglect of children, is selling t-shirts in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month with proceeds benefiting basic needs funding for struggling families. “We know through research […]