KPA, its members are joining 1forall campaign about Free Press, First Amendment

Campaign launches July 4 The Kentucky Press Association will be joining a nationwide effort focusing on a Free Press and the First Amendment that begins July 4. Sponsored by the Free Speech Center, the campaign is totally non-partisan and directs the public and particularly students to, where they can learn more about the First Amendment. The campaign officially launches […]

Dr. Erika Engstrom named director of UK School of Journalism and Media

From the UK College of Communication and Information Studies Dr. Erika Engstrom has been named the new director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media. She will start officially July 1, remotely at first and in Lexington as soon as possible, given our current restrictions related to Covid-19. Dr. Engstrom comes to the University of Kentucky after […]

Local government agencies receive grants to preserve local records

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced 10 recipients of more than $220,000 in Local Records Program grant funds to help preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assists local agencies with records management through […]

Fayette school board votes to purchase Lexington Herald-Leader building

The Lexington Herald-Leader building, 100 Midland Avenue in Lexington. CHARLES BERTRAM CBERTRAM@HERALD-LEADER.COM BY VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS The Fayette County Public Schools board on Monday unanimously voted to enter into an agreement to purchase the four-story Lexington Herald-Leader building at the corner of Midland Avenue and Main Street for $7.5 million, district officials said. The school district plans to use the building to […]

SHOUTOUT: Maysville Ledger Independent adding Fridays back into publication schedule

Back at the end of April, about the same time four CNHI newspapers were being shuttered and a couple of dailies announced cutting back on publication days, the Maysville Ledger Independent went from a five-day daily to twice a week. There have been at least six dailies announce a cut back on their schedules since the pandemic hit not including […]

SHOUTOUT: Cathie Shaffer back in business with Greenup Gazette

Cathie Shaffer, who has represented the northeast district on the KPA Board of Directors for a few years, found herself answering a phone call one Wednesday in May while finishing the layout of the Greenup County Times-News. She was on the phone being told that issue would be the last of the News-Times. It was one of four newspapers shut […]

Utilize your archives to help readers understand how history shaped your community

From Reynolds Journalism Institute While an RJI Student Innovation Fellow has been working on a newsletter series that explores racial health disparities at the Carolina Panorama, archives have been a great resource. The archival content that she has used in the newsletter allows subscribers to see the context and scope of these disparities in their community. Many newsrooms have some form […]

Peter Wagner: Winning back advertising lost during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many publishers, and their staffs, are worried about jump-starting their local advertisers following the COVID-19 shutdown. Although they’ve faithfully published their paper, often at a loss the last three months, some former client’s media confidence and buying habits have changed. We’ve had three long-established weekly newspapers close or combine with neighboring papers here in Iowa. Elsewhere, two once highly acclaimed […]

AP changes writing style to capitalize ″b″ in Black

The Associated Press changed its writing style guide Friday to capitalize the “b” in the term Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context, weighing in on a hotly debated issue. The change conveys “an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora […]

Louisiana Press looking for an executive director

Executive Director sought for Louisiana Press Association, due to a retirement. LPA represents 100+ newspapers, news websites and other publications on legislative issues, with training & education, and an aggressive ad sales effort. Stable staff of eight. Live and work in Baton Rouge, rated one of the best and one of the most affordable places to live. Compensation commensurate with […]