The final count: 2,863 entries for News and Ad contests, smallest in 26 years; $20,041 in revenue

It’ll go down as the smallest KPA contest in at least a quarter of a century. Just edging out the 1994 contest. The 2020 KPA Ad and KPA News contests deadline was last Friday and final figures show we’ll end up with 2,863 total entries. That will break down to 569 in the Ad Contest; 2,294 in the News Contest. […]

Deadlines today: Nominations for KPA Vice President; Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8 on KPA Board

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 […]

Nov. 2 is deadline to submit nominations for James Madison First Amendment Award

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 […]

Bluegrass SPJ holds panel discussion on covering the COVID-19 pandemic

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 – among audiences and journalists. To help journalists with this story, the Bluegrass Chapter […]

SERNAM has its own virtual Fall Conference

Since November, 1984, in a snowstorm in Guntersville Lake State Park near Fort Payne, AL, executive directors from the southeastern states have gathered annually for a Fall Conference. SERNAM — Southeast Regional Newspaper Association Managers — meet each year in a host state to talk about all things newspapers and state press associations. We included West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas and […]

New study will assess the financial state of college newspapers

From the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) announced it has received a $30,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to study the financial state of college newspapers, with a focus on editorially independent student-run media and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the sustainability of campus journalism. COVID-19 has exposed […]

RJI accepting fellowships for ‘innovative projects’

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting fellowship applications proposing innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future. Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the eight-month […]

‘1 for All’ helping to build understanding, respect for First Amendment’s five freedoms

The Free Speech Center — 1 for All is a national nonpartisan and nonprofit educational effort to build understanding and respect for the five freedoms of the First Amendment. At a time of deep partisanship in America, the campaign’s goal is to remind America that the First Amendment, which gives us freedom of speech, religion, press, and the rights of petition […]

Pandemic no excuse for lazy reporting

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Editors and reporters are facing some of their biggest challenges in gathering news during the pandemic. Access to everyday sources is increasingly limited with no relief on the horizon. Reporters no longer can walk into offices unannounced, and appointments are restricted. Remote work remains the norm at many places. And don’t expect immediate responses to […]