The KPA Freedom of Information Hotline is there. USE IT!

You just had a call from an attorney for the subject of a Letter to the Editor. The attorney said the letter was published with reckless disregard, contained a number of untruths and is threatening a lawsuit. Your reporter just called to say the local school board went into an executive session and did not quote the Open Meetings Law […]

Deaths in Kentucky up 6,000 over previous two years, with 55,064 total; 12.7 percent increase

Midway through the year, after a friend asked if any newspaper had done research on the total number of deaths in Kentucky during the COVID-19 year in 2020. Not that I knew of but I went searching for some information. I contacted Sid Fogle, executive director at the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, seeking help on where to find that information. […]

January 15 (today) is deadline for Journalism Hall of Fame nominations

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 […]

From the Rural Blog: We can’t let lies, mistrust and bad faith fester; we must speak the truth, stand up for it and have respectful dialogue

  The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week was driven by a mistaken belief, generated by President Trump and his allies, that the election was stolen from him. Millions of the president’s supporters believe this lie, so it is damaging our republic by undermining faith in our elections, courts and other governmental processes. Journalism goes hand in glove with democracy, so what […]

Large crowd gathered for June 8, 1923, KPA Convention in Bowling Green

Patti Cross attended an auction in the pre-pandemic days and came away with a photo of the Kentucky Press Association convention in 1923. The photo is dated June 4, and shows a large crowd of KPA members gathered at what was then called Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. Of course, that’s the modern day Western Kentucky University. […]

With threats of violence, NNA urges journalists to use extreme caution

Law enforcement and intelligence authorities are issuing cautions for public safety during the week ahead as the nation may experience civil unrest, noting that journalists should take extra care. Among steps to take: Do not meet in person with sources you do not know. Be mindful of your surroundings.  Some sources say Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) may be used by […]

Enterprise’s Emily Sargent elected secretary of Harlan Chamber of Commerce

We don’t know that any records exist to dispute this but it’s possible at age 20, Emily Sargent is the youngest, but certainly one of the youngest, people to serve as a member of a local chamber’s Executive Committee. Emily, who says her job is “news reporter” but like newspaper folks everywhere the title doesn’t begin to cover everything she […]

Top Shelf Lobby’s Week in Review – 2021 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly

Friday, January 15, 2021 The 2021 General Assembly got off to a quick and active start last week, as the House and Senate both convened their chambers and members began introducing legislation. This being the second legislative session during the pandemic, visitors are not allowed in the Capitol or Annex, and legislators are wearing face masks and doing their best […]

Newspapers challenge removal of rate cap established by Congress

Postal Regulatory Commission Order Could Lead to Postage Increases of 45 Percent Over Five Years, Representing Existential Threat to Newspapers By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance Arlington, VA – Tuesday the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association – representing thousands of local newspapers across the United States – have joined a legal challenge of an order by the Postal […]

Toolkit provides media with best messaging practices on COVID-19 vaccine education

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) announced Thursday the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with information and resources to create news reports, public service announcements and other messages related to […]