News Ed/New Media Division to hold Zoom meeting to discuss 2020 KPA contest

  The KPA News Editorial and KPA New Media Division will be having a virtual meeting, by Zoom, Friday afternoon to talk about the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest. What’s known is this: • the contest period will be for all editions published between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020 • the contest entry deadline […]

AP again sponsoring Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award in KPA News Contest

Associated Press sponsors category to honor the Father of Open Meetings/Open Records in Kentucky Last year, there was mention of a couple of changes being considered for the KPA News Contest and that caught the eye of Adam Yeomans with the Associated Press. With no statewide AP contest for newspapers, Adam offered the AP’s assistance by sponsoring a couple of […]

Despite shortened session for ‘in-person’ lobbying in Capitol and Annex, lobbying reaches $9.88 million; $334,094 spent on advertising

Editor’s Note: The 2020 Kentucky General Assembly was one for the books. With more than a month left in the 60-day session, committee meetings were held sans audiences and lobbyists because the Capitol and Anne were closed to the public. Only lobbyists who were invited to testify before a committee were let inside the Capitol or the Capitol Annex. The […]

Whether on campus (printed paper) or distance learning (publish online), Somerset CC ‘The Bridge’ will be ready to serve students

Editor’s Note:  On Second Thought reached out to our Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association student publications to see if they know the plans for the coming Fall semester. Printed newspaper or Online Publication? From Jeff Harris and Stuart Simpson, The Bridge, Somerset Community College Somerset Community College continues to only offer classes via distance learning. We hope to return to face-to-face […]

Glasgow Daily Times converts from print to digital only

From Bill Hanson, CNHI Published Tuesday, June 9 The coronavirus pandemic has burdened businesses with steep losses in revenue. The Glasgow Daily Times is no exception. It has forced us to make difficult decisions in the way we distribute news to Barren County. Today’s print edition will be the last produced and sent to subscribers’ homes as well as newsstands. […]

Yard sales are a ‘no-no’ for now because of concerns on how to do them safely

Like KPA, the governor’s office has been getting questions on whether yard (and garage) sales are permitted now that some of the restrictions are being lifted. The answer is “No.” Governor Andy Beshear made that assessment last Wednesday during a Q&A at his press conference on COVID-19. The governor said there is concern about how to do those safely and […]

TownNews takes on ‘news deserts’ with News Nirvana program

News Nirvana equips qualifying local news start-ups with best-of-breed digital services to grow audience, revenue MOLINE, IL — Even before COVID-19 ravaged the world economy, local media organizations—especially newspapers—faced daunting challenges. According to the University of North Carolina’s The Expanding News Desert report, between 1,300 and 1,400 communities have lost their newspapers since 2004, leaving them with no local coverage. […]

Marketing campaign underway to educate public on importance of supporting local news

10 Things to Know About the Support Local News Campaign On Tuesday, the Local Media Association, Local Media Consortium and Google announced a marketing campaign designed to educate the public on the importance of supporting local news. Over the last month, the Local Media Association and Local Media Consortium worked with Google on the messaging of the campaign and the […]

ASJMC/AEJMC issue joint statement on arrests, violence toward journalists covering protests

‘Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.’ — Benjamin Franklin We the Boards of Directors of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) present this joint statement to condemn arrests and violence toward journalists covering widespread […]

Pandemic Politics: Covering voting by mail

With Kentucky facing a very encouraged “vote for mail,” this item from the National Press Foundation could well be beneficial to KPA member newspapers. The online briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, at 12 noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central. You can register in the block provided.   In this online briefing, experts will examine the move to vote-by-mail systems, their […]