AG: By not allowing press into meeting, Taylor Fiscal Court violated Open Meetings Law

From the Central Kentucky News Journal (Editor’s Note: Here’s a copy of the Attorney General’s Decision — AG OPINION ON OPEN MEETINGS)   The Taylor County Fiscal Court violated the Open Meetings Act by excluding a Central Kentucky News-Journal reporter from a public meeting, according to a decision from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office. At a regularly scheduled fiscal […]

Eastern Progress adviser focuses on getting students ready for the ‘real world’ but the unknown with COVID-19 haunts her

  By Tricia Fulks Kelley, Eastern Progress Media Network Adviser (Editor’s Note: Tricia Kelley wrote this commentary at the beginning of  COVID-19 about advising students when the economic outlook is grim.) As a nation comes together in self isolation and social distancing, I’ve been adapting my face-to-face journalism courses that promote in-the-field experiences for a new virtual and remote reality. […]

Eastern Progress decides in online approach as semester begins but could return to print in the future

From Tricia Fulks Kelley, Eastern Progress Media Network Adviser As an attempt to combat shrinking ad revenues, the Eastern Progress Media Network at Eastern Kentucky University has decided to cease print operations until further notice. Student journalists will publish exclusively online at Adviser Tricia Fulks Kelley and business manager Seth Littrell are working on a plan to better monetize […]

2020 Internship: Blake Vickers, Citizen Voice & Times, Irvine

His 10 weeks at the CV&T let him ‘learn about this field in ways I never had before’   I refuse to be confined by word limits, so go ahead and buckle up. At the time I started my KPA internship with the Citizen Voice & Times, I wasn’t feeling good about my prospects in this field. I was a […]

Auditor’s Office finds continued issues tracking compliance, financial information preventing proper oversight of local tourism commissions

Concern identified in latest data bulletin regarding impact of tourism in Kentucky A new data bulletin released Thursday by Auditor Mike Harmon’s office focused on the impact of tourism on Kentucky’s economy highlights the continued failure to properly track whether the vast majority of local tourism commissions are compliant with requirements for special purpose government entities, or SPGEs. Following a […]

Bipartisan bill that helps preserve community journalistic endeavors introduced Thursday in Congress

Results from collaboration by NNA, NMA, America’s Newspapers and state press associations WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, a bipartisan bill that helps preserve community journalistic endeavors throughout the United States. Joining Reps. Kirkpatrick and Newhouse as original cosponsors of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act are Reps. […]

Ask your Congressional representative to be Local Journalism Sustainability Act co-sponsor

By Dean Ridings, America’s Newspapers CEO Legislation to help local journalism exist and transition during a time of COVID-19 is being introduced and America’s Newspapers is calling on its members to encourage their Congressional representatives to sign on as co-sponsors of this important bill. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is bipartisan legislation that will provide an assist, not a hand out, to […]

NNA statement on Local Journalism Sustainability Act

From the National Newspaper Association The National Newspaper Association today announced its support for a new bill by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, and Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, to assist local newspapers.The legislation would set up three tax credits to encourage support for journalism: • credit for subscribers who help to support local news-gathering by subscribing; • five-year refundable credit for publishers […]

Obituary: Gary Moyers, ‘the kindest soul’

Gary Moyers, 63, died unexpectedly May 28. Gary was the current production manager, photographer and writer for The Cats’ Pause, a part of Landmark Community Newspapers. He previously had been sports editor of the Harrodsburg Herald. Gary was a native of Bowling Green and attended Western Kentucky University. Darrell Bird, general manager/editor of The Cats’ Pause, commented: “We have lost […]

Shoutout to Local Media Association for launching Center for Journalism Funding

From Tom Silvestri, Executive Director, NAM Relevance Project Congratulations to NAM member Local Media Association for launching the Center for Journalism Funding with Google dollars. Among the center’s goals: “Strengthen the understanding and capabilities of local news organizations regarding fundraising programs and working with philanthropic organizations to support journalism projects.” The Relevance Project agrees that finding funders to support newspaper […]