Election-related advertising should reach $1 million through KPS

Election-related advertising during the 2020 cycle has reached $922,000, by far the most election-related advertising ever placed for KPA members through Kentucky Press Service. On the horizon, there are several other placements expected that should mean topping $1 million for the primary and general election. That’s far above any previous year and the benefit has been for every newspaper in […]

Nominations due October 23 for 2021 KPA VP

It’s the time of year when KPA begins preparing for the following year and one of those duties is electing the next  KPA Vice President. We’re still in a fairly new process, adopted in January 2018 by the KPA Board of Directors, and we are using On Second Thought to notify members of the process and to open nominations for […]

Contest deadline upon us; entries, income down but number of newspapers registering is up

As the KPA contests deadline draws ever nigh, the list of registered newspapers keeps growing. About a dozen have been added since early Thursday, putting us now at 72 newspapers. And I would imagine more will add their name to the list as the day goes on. After all, the deadline isn’t until today. And as of 11 a.m. Eastern […]

January 2021 Winter Convention? Don’t bet on it

Got an email from the Marriott East this week about the 2021 January convention. The email was the room reservation form that we share with all members so you can make your plans to attend. It was supposed to be January 21-22, 2021, at the east-end Louisville hotel. Supposed to be but 99.9 percent certain it will not happen. The […]

It’s election season across the land and KPA joins in with four Board seats to fill

The Kentucky Press Association is starting toward filling four district seats on the Board of Directors as terms come to an end. Terms end in January for Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8. The three-year term for each of the four would continue to the January 2024 convention. Letters and nomination forms were mailed this week to the publisher at […]

The Northerner, NKY Tribune partner on special election guide

The Northerner partnered with The Northern Kentucky Tribune on a special local election guide. Michele Day, Journalism Program Director/Student Media Adviser at Northern, said the students are “pretty excited about the results” and wanted to share it through On Second Thought. Here’s a press release from NKU: https://www.nku.edu/news/2020/October/northerner.html Here’s announcement from Tribune: https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/10/nkytribune-nkus-the-northerner-team-up-to-produce-2020-november-election-guide-coming-soon/ And here’s the guide, which came out […]

‘Zoom Café: Covering the Capitol: May You Live in Interesting Times’ discussion on Oct. 19

Editor’s Note: This Zoom Café event is sponsored by The Northern Kentucky Forum, which is a collaboration of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the Boone County Public Library, the Campbell County Public Library, the Kenton County Public Library, and the Associated Press. Julie Pace is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press. Her job is always interesting – but […]

James Madison Award nominations being accepted by First Amendment Center

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media is accepting nominations for the James Madison Award, which recognizes those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms. The nominator must submit a letter identifying the nominee, listing the nominee’s address, phone number and position, and explaining […]

‘Covering The Pandemic’ program for journalists Thursday, Oct. 22, sponsored by Bluegrass SPJ

Society of Professional Journalists Bluegrass Chapter to hold online panel discussion; registration required   The world’s biggest story in 75 years is also a local story for everyone: the coronavirus pandemic. It has posed special challenges for news organizations at a time when they were already challenged: the politicization of public health, pushback from audiences, confusing data, and pandemic fatigue […]

October 19 – 25: It’s Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week (FSW) takes place during the third full week of October annually. This year it will be observed October 19-25, 2020. Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech and of […]