For 2020 high school sports, one warning: DO NOT SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED!

High school football and other fall sports are on the horizon. It’s one of the most anticipated seasons ever. We’re hoping it signals the start to more of what we’re used to, a somewhat return to normalcy. But those days are still a while away. Covering high school sports during the Fall will be unlike any we’ve ever seen, and […]

Becky Barnes wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism

Cynthiana Democrat editor was ready to cover covid-19 and set a national example when she did Becky Barnes, editor of The Cynthiana Democrat, is the 2020 winner of the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian. Barnes, who has worked at the weekly for 44 years, distinguished herself most recently by arranging a special edition […]

Deadline to file USPS Statement of Ownership is October 1; fill out the Rate Information Form, too

Paid newspaper members: The deadline to complete and file your annual U.S. Postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526) with your postmaster is Oct. 1. This form must be published in your newspaper as follows: Dailies and 2-3 Times Weekly: by Oct. 10 Weeklies: by Oct. 31 KPA members must also mail a copy of the form to […]

10 registered for contest, 1 has submitted entries

With some five weeks before the deadline to enter the 2020 KPA News and Advertising contests, 10 newspapers have registered and one has submitted entries. Gaye Bencini at the Hickman County Times was the first to submit, and for pay, entries in the contest. The 10 papers who have registered are The Bridge/Somerset Community College; Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville; Corbin […]

Kevin Smith: Add Winchester, Nicholasville, Stanford, Middlesboro, Harlan to his new role

Last week, we gave a Shoutout to Kevin Smith who just arrived in Kentucky to serve as publisher of The Advocate Messenger in Danville. Then earlier this week came a clip that the same Kevin Smith was publisher at the Winchester Sun. Actually, he is president and publisher of Bluegrass Newsmedia, both part of Boone Newspapers.  But his new title […]

State-Journal subscribers answer the call during pandemic; publisher gives a push to Local Journalism Sustainability Act

By Steve Stewart, Publisher, Frankfort State-Journal Back in March when COVID-19 began battering the economy, including small businesses like The State Journal, many of you asked how you could help your hometown newspaper weather the crisis. Atop my list was a simple request: Subscribe, especially online, where readership had been increasing but subscriptions had not. Giving away our content online, […]

Judge: City officials have to testify publicly in Taylor and McAtee cases, and protests

Editor’s Note: The Kentucky Press Association general counsels Jon Fleischaker, Michael Abate and Casey Hinkle prepared and filed an amicus brief in this case at the request of the Metro Council. KPA’s brief is attached as a pdf. KPA General Counsel Michael Abate requested and received the court’s permission to participate in the oral arguments. His comments were mostly from […]

TicketsAtWork has loads of opportunities even during the pandemic

TicketsAtWork is a KPA member benefit we’ve been offering the last three or four years. Frequently, the benefit is for amusement parks, travel and family-oriented outings. But with the COVID-19 so prevalent, TicketsAtWork still offers numerous discounts on services and products that give you substantial savings each and every day. Autumn is quickly approaching, and you’re going to fall for […]

Editorial endorsements: Who do you support on the election ballot?

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Strategies Trainer Election season is in its final stretch, and newspapers have been there at every step. You’ve introduced candidates. You’ve quizzed them on the issues. You’ve covered the debates. Your coverage has laid the foundation for a rich exchange among readers on who they support or oppose – and why. I encourage you to take […]

Forming a community advisory board for your newsroom

By Stephanie Castellano, American Press Institute   On May 31, as protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police swept the nation, staffers at the Long Beach Post in Long Beach, California, watched as some demonstrations in their own city turned violent. By the following morning, 170 businesses in downtown Long Beach had been damaged […]


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