National Newspaper Week arrives Sunday, October 4

80th annual event focuses on ‘America Needs Journalists’ National Newspaper Week (NNW) is October 4 – 10, 2020, with International Newspaper Carrier Day falling on that Saturday, October 10, 2020. NNW is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., the consortium of North American trade associations representing the industry on a state and provincial, regional and national basis. The Kentucky Press […]

And then there were TWO! Just that many weeks until contest deadline time

Two weeks. After today, just two more Fridays. That’s all the time you have left to get registered for the 2020 KPA Advertising and News contests and then get your entries submitted. Friday, October 16, will be here before you know it so you need to get it together and get your contest duties underway. Registration is the key right […]

AP’s Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award and the new Journalist of the Year Award

Information about both of these contest categories and all the materials for the 2020 KPA Advertising and News contests can be found at   Last year, we inaugurated the first Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award in the KPA News Contest. It was the product of Adam Yeomans and the Kentucky Associated Press and now we have the second […]

Murray State invites KPA members to participate in ‘Meet The Pros’

Murray State University’s Journalism and Mass Communications Department is inviting KPA members to its “Meet the Pros” event on October 15 from 4 to 5 p.m./Central Time.  As in years past, the purpose of Meet the Pros is to help our graduating students learn more about the current job market. This year’s event will be different from prior years.  First, […]

New Book Seeks to Strengthen School Board Member and Superintendent Communications Skills

Brad Hughes is no stranger to KPA member newspapers. He worked as a reporter from 1973 to 1975 for the Franklin Favorite/WFKN radio and then was in TV in Hopkinsville and Bowling Green. He moved into public relations with the Cabinet for Human Resources prior to beginning a 24-year career as Director of Communications with the Kentucky School Boards Association. […]

National Newspaper Association announces affiliation with Rebuild the News Coalition

By Tonda Rush NNA General Counsel National Newspaper Association Chair Brett Wesner, president of Wesner Publications, Cordell, Oklahoma,  announced Wednesday that NNA has joined forces with the Rebuild the News Coalition to take on new federal policies to support local news.The coalition is spearheaded by Steve Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America, which has assisted numerous community newspapers […]

Examining the differences between Weekly and Daily Newspapers

2020 Newspaper Managers Survey By Kevin Slimp Each year, I survey U.S. publishers and general managers about the health of their newspapers. During the late spring/early summer of 2020, I received completed surveys from participants representing 500 newspapers or groups. In my previous column, I discussed some of the overall results of the survey, especially those related to financial health. […]

Lobbying expenses down $1.5 million over 2018

By Laura H. Hendrix, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Kentucky businesses and organizations spent $15.2 million on lobbying in the first eight months of 2020, a decrease from the previous even-year’s total of $16.7 million in September 2018. During the first two-thirds of this year, 709 lobbying employers spent more than $14.7 million, and another $473,071 was spent by […]