2021 KPA Board of Directors now in place with State At-Large appointments

The 2021 Kentucky Press Association/Service Board of Directors are now finalized. Incoming President Sharon Burton has selected her four State At-Large appointments with the addition of Chris Ordway, publisher of the Elizabethtown News Enterprise, and Woodford Sun editor John McGary. They join Charles Myrick, general manager/editor of the Mountain Advocate in Barbourville, and Forrest Berkshire, editor of The Kentucky Standard […]

Legislative bill could prevent use of governor’s name or that he lives in the Governor’s Mansion

Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, has refiled legislation for the 2021 session that could go as far as the name of the current governor, or that he lives in the Governor’s Mansion, from being published. Perhaps future governors wouldn’t be so affected but the current governor would be because he is a former attorney general. Think that’s an exaggeration? Check out […]

Let’s play Jeopardy: A. Soon and in a few days

And the question is: When are we going to have the results of the contests? A common question this time of year and it’s been asked a few times over the last couple of weeks. We had the final categories of the News Contest just finished being judged this week. The Ad Contest categories were finished last week and now […]

Journalism Hall of Fame nominations deadline scheduled for January 15

Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted until January 15, 2021. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have made a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant. Kentucky natives or journalists who were raised […]

Happy Holidays from your Kentucky Press Association

The Kentucky Press Association Central Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 24 and December 25. We will also be closed Thursday and Friday, December 31 and January 1. There will be no On Second Thought next week unless it’s breaking news and something you need to be made aware of.

Time is short on helping KPA with special project involving Kentucky newspapers

Deadline this weekend to supply examples of coverage, special projects during pandemic KPA is working on a special project that involves your newspaper. For the last eight months, I don’t have to tell you what the pandemic has done to newspapers, businesses, communities, schools and the general population. It’s a situation none of us have been through before yet newspapers […]

NNA monitors worst systemwide mail delays, disruptions in decades; advises USPS of problems


  (Editor’s Note: To localize this, numerous Kentucky newspapers reported Wednesday of problems getting newspapers delivered by the US Postal Service. Several of those papers are in extreme Western Kentucky. Some reported sacks of newspapers sitting on USPS docks for several days and large numbers of subscribers calling the papers to report non-delivery.) National Newspaper Association members are reporting systemwide […]

12 tips for better advertising design


Want to get more eyes on your ads? Let’s take a quick look at some ad design tips: Keep things simple and uncluttered. The four basic elements of a print ad are (1) headline, (2) illustrative element, (3) body copy and (4) logo. When they are arranged in a way that is easy to follow – and when there are no […]

News Media for Open Government outlines recommendations for Biden-Harris Transition Team

By Paul J. Boyle, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, News Media Alliance The press release below is provided by News Media for Open Government. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The News Media for Open Government (NMOG) has sent a position paper to President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s transition team, outlining policy objectives that support and strengthen openness in government and the […]

In Wisconsin, Open Meetings violations raised as agency officials oppose wearing masks

Courtesy Wisconsin Newspaper Association MADISON – Journalists and members of the public face a new open meetings hurdle this year as some local government bodies decline to follow the statewide mask mandate during their meetings, the Wisconsin State Journal reported this week. Residents are risking their health just to see what their government officials are up to — a burden one expert […]