Making history: For the first time in KPA’s 151 years, a non-print newspaper has a vote on KPA business

When a Board member leaves, as Cathie Shaffer at the Greenup County News-Times had to do when her newspaper was shut down in May, KPA is required to conduct a Special Election. That’s done to make sure the district continues to have representation on KPA business. Cathie’s seat on the Board was for District 9, in the northeastern section of […]

Community Journalists vs. COVID-19: There’s a Facebook group for that

And you’re invited to join. Some of your Kentucky newspaper colleagues have already done so. Jacquelin Bennett, customer experience representative for the Lewis County Press in St. Louis, MO, started the group and explains: “My hope for the group is to create an environment online where fellow journalist communicate and share ideas about what is going on in their coverage […]

Candidates using KPS for campaign advertising go 3-for-3 in races

The Kentucky Press Service placed political advertising for three candidates in the June 23 primary and all three came away with victories. Josh Branscum, Robert Conley and Amy McGrath all used KPS for placing advertising in Kentucky newspapers. Branscum was running for the House of Representatives seat vacated by former House Speaker Jeff Hoover. He has no opposition in the […]

New laws passed by the 2020 legislature go into effect next week

From the Legislative Research Commission FRANKFORT — Most new laws approved during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly will go into effect on Wednesday, July 15. That means voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls, veterinarians will be allowed to make a report to authorities if they find an animal under their […]

Public Notices now required to have payment disclosure thanks to the General Assembly

Not surprisingly, the 2020 session included legislation on Public Notices and whether those should be published in newspapers or allowed to be published solely on government websites. Unlike most legislation that will take effect this coming week — “90 days after the legislative session adjourns” — this portion of House Bill 351 explained took effect July 1. When the final […]

Murray State News plans for the Fall; KIPA Conference to be held virtually in late August

From Stephanie Anderson, Adviser, Murray State News The Murray State News will resume printing of the weekly paper in August when school is back in session. Gage Johnson, who is interning for the Kentucky New Era this summer, is the the new editor-in-chief. We have continued to produce content online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a very active following […]

New Herald-Leader owners must ‘invest in our community,’ Lexington mayor writes to judge

Mayor Gorton complimentary of the Herald-Leader: ‘While it’s not always comfortable, it’s always important to challenge the decisions cities make, and to deeply examine the actions of government.’   By Morgan Eads, Lexington Herald-Leader The day before the planned auction of the company that owns the Herald-Leader and 29 other newspapers across the country, Lexington’s mayor wrote a letter to […]

Sentinel-Echo, Times-Tribune delete another day

          Back at the end of April, the London Sentinel-Echo and the Corbin Times Tribune announced the two sister publications would be deleting one day a week from the publications schedule. London was changing to twice weekly while Corbin moved from a four-day schedule to three. News came Wednesday that both will remove another day from […]

Facebook post surpasses 20,200 People Reached

The post early last week on Democracy’s Most Important Documents — the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and a Free Press attained a new People Reached mark for KPA — passing 20,200 Thursday morning. There are more than 1,980 Post Engagements and more than 200 shares. The previous mark was 14,653 about Mark Hoskins and the Manchester Enterprise initially being […]

Legislative panel focuses on police body cameras

(Editor’s Note: During his testimony, Kentucky League of Cities executive director J.D. Chaney noted the success of legislation in 2018 that addressed police body cams. He mentioned the groups involved, including the Kentucky Press Association, and that the KLC continues to support the legislation. He said several other states have contacted him about Kentucky’s law, how KLC got that language […]