Courier-Journal wins Pulitzer for Breaking News Coverage

    By Ben Tobin, The Courier Journal The Courier Journal has been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its unrelenting coverage of more than 600 pardons and commutations that former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued during his final weeks in office. The Pulitzer Prize committee awarded The Courier Journal staff first place “for its rapid coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons […]

2020 KPA Board makes history with first Virtual Board Meeting

  The 2020 Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors did get to have its Spring meeting Thursday, May 7, but in a much different way from the previous 151 years. Restrictions on the size of gatherings and on facilities where Board meetings have been held meant the meeting had to take place in an alternate way. And then along comes […]

Deadline May 15 for Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity, tenacity in rural journalism

Nominations for the Gish Award may be made at any time, but the deadline to be considered for this year’s award is May 15, having been extended from May 1. To nominate a candidate, send a detailed letter explaining how the nominee shows the kind of courage, tenacity and integrity that Tom and Pat Gish demonstrated at their weekly newspaper […]

Check local agency websites for currentness. And then send all the outdated examples to KPA!

How up-to-date are your local government websites? You know, cities and towns, county, school district(s) and any other public agencies locally. Newspapers pointing out how old information is on local government websites is nothing new. Since the legislature started allowing some public agencies (school districts back in 2002) to put public notices on their own websites, newspapers have checked out […]

Can’t travel? There are still plenty of savings through KPA member benefit TicketsAtWork

This is the time of year when we start reminding you about a special KPA member benefit that offers discounts on travel and lodging and entertainment and transportation. But until those kinds of things are reopened and travel restrictions are lifted, we will promote other TicketsAtWork specials that you can take advantage of. Think discounted Sam’s Club memberships, discounts on […]

Code of Legislative Ethics doesn’t stop because of COVID19

By Laura Hendrix Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission   Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and following guidance from federal, state, and local officials, the Commission halted in-person services at its Frankfort office as of Tuesday, March 17. Email notifications were made to legislators and staff, as well as lobbyists, and employers, and a notice was placed on the Commission’s […]

National Newspaper Association applauds small business expense protection act introduction  

From the National Newspaper Association National Newspaper Association this week cheered a bipartisan group of senators who are out to correct the Treasury Department’s decision that Paycheck Protection Act recipients cannot deduct their payroll costs. Led by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA, five senators announced that they believed the intent of Congress in passing the CARES Act, which contained the PPP […]

Newspaper executive named director of industry ‘Relevance Project’

By Layne Bruce, Newspaper Association Managers RICHMOND, Va. — A veteran industry executive has been named project director of a renewed effort to champion the importance of community newspapers across North America and to celebrate the vital contributions of press associations they represent. Tom Silvestri, most recently president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, will be the Executive Director […]

Are you reading your own websites?

By Jim Pumarlo Digital platforms go a long way toward leveling the playing field among daily and non-daily newspapers. Even the smallest of newsrooms can compete with their larger counterparts by posting news as it happens, and then directing readers to print editions for more complete reports. The value of immediate and continuing reports has escalated during the coronavirus pandemic. […]

Weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, here are some tools that are actually worth using

This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up here. Welcome! This is Jeremy Caplan writing. I’m director of teaching and learning for the Newmark Grad School of Journalism and a former Time magazine reporter. I’m also a […]