Checkout the new KPA website at

  It’s not finally finished, still a few tweaks that have to be done but last week, we launched the new website. The previous one had only been in place for 15 years so it was worn out, not contemporary and pretty static. We worked with Customware Inc., the Frankfort firm that has written a lot of software for […]

Out of his sports comfort zone, KPA intern learns he’s a (news) journalist

By Gage Johnson, Kentucky New Era/Hopkinsville, Murray State University This summer I’ve been thrust to an environment I was not comfortable in despite working in a newsroom for almost four years and it’s been one of the best things I could’ve asked for in an internship. In 2017, I stepped foot on campus at Murray State University with not a […]

Cynthiana Democrat intern gets first experience at a newspaper ‘that printed issues every week’

Previous experience was only with an online student newspaper at Morehead State University Alyssa Allen, Cynthiana Democrat, Morehead State University I’m going to be brutally honest: I never expected to do a KPA Internship. I hadn’t expected anything to come of my application, as I was a first-year student in the Convergent Media program at Morehead State University. I […]

Shoutout! Kleyn named editor of Springfield Sun

From the Springfield Sun A new editor is on the scene at The Springfield Sun. The Sun announced late last week that Jane Reid Kleyn, sports and news reporter for the Sun, has been named editor. Kleyn has been with the Sun since early September 2019 and says she looks forward to the challenges of her new position. Kleyn has […]

3 SHOUTOUTS to the Crittenden Press

After sending a news release Wednesday from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Medical Association on the importance of wearing a mask, Chris Evans shared with me a campaign he got underwritten by the local health district. The three spots — attached below — feature members of the Crittenden County High School football team donning masks. The campaign […]

Obituary: Jim Abernathy, former editor of the Mayfield Messenger

Jim Abernathy, former editor of the Mayfield Messenger, passed away on July 1. Jim started his journalism career as a paperboy for the Hickman Courier in his hometown. He graduated from Murray State University in 1971 with a degree in journalism and after graduating, Harry Lee Waterfield hired Jim as editor of the Hickman County Gazette in Clinton. In April […]

Hunger Action Month coming in September; media packets will be sent in mid-August

Kentucky newspapers did a tremendous job in 2019 helping to promote Hunger Action Month and the successes from that continue today. There are still examples almost weekly of the communities and organizations around the state helping to end hunger and much of that stems from newspapers making the public aware of how severe it is. September is always designated as […]

SPJ Committee calls for research on press blockages

The Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists invites research on controls over employees and journalists through media relations departments. Over the last 20 to 30 years there has been a surge in rules in various entities, public and private, banning employees and others from speaking to reporters without being overseen and controlled by authorities, often public […]

Slimp initiates 2020 newspaper survey

The following was emailed earlier this week to each KPA publisher. If your publisher hasn’t not completed the survey for Kevin, then we hope someone at the newspaper will so he can gather accurate information that we all will be able to use to promote our industry.   Dear Newspaper Colleague, Since 2014, I have been conducting a survey of […]

Financial disclosures for candidates and legislators on KLEC site; news from Legislative Ethics Commission

By Laura H. Hendrix, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission The Commission has the statutorily required financial disclosures for legislative candidates and legislators available on the Commission’s website at The commission appreciates the legislators’ and candidates’ diligence in promptly filing these disclosures. Ohio House Speaker Arrested In Connection With $60 Million Bribery Scheme OHIO – National Public Radio ( […]