We need judges! We need YOU!!!

Did you and some staff members enter the 2020 KPA Advertising and/or News contests? Then the shoe’s on the other foot now and time for you to help reciprocate. We’re in the process of filling 30 judge positions to help judge the Nebraska Press Association advertising and news contests. We’re reciprocating now since Nebraska judged our 2020 Ad Contest and […]

While mourning his mom’s death, Keith Taylor and his wife, Rhonda, battle coronavirus

Berea Citizen publisher/editor and KPA Board member for District 14, Keith Taylor is still mourning his mom’s death last fall because of COVID-19. Not long after her death, Keith and his wife Rhonda contracted the coronavirus as well. Keith’s story was featured in a WLEX-TV ‘Big Story’ Tuesday as the Lexington station shared stories of area residents affected by the […]

Obituary: Somerset news icon, Bill Mardis, passes away at age 89

Related articles: Mardis won’t be forgotten in Pulaski All of Pulaski has lost a friend   By Carla Slavey, Commonwealth Journal Bill Mardis – longtime editor, “Humble Reporter” and heart of the Commonwealth Journal – has passed away at the age of 89. Along with publisher George “Jop” Joplin III, Mardis helped to merge two weekly newspapers into a daily, laying the […]

Senator McConnell’s statement on the passing of Bill Mardis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the passing of longtime Commonwealth Journal editor Bill Mardis: “For nearly six decades, Bill Mardis chronicled the story of Pulaski County and the families who call it home. He was the consummate community journalist, prizing truth and integrity over sensation and spin. Those qualities endeared […]

Kentucky Monthly joins KPA as Associate Member Newspaper

Kentucky Monthly magazine has joined the Kentucky Press Association as an Associate Member Newspaper. The publication, with its main office located directly across the street from KPA, is published 10 times each year with combined issues in June/July and December/January. It was the brainchild of Steve and Kay Vest and Michael Embry, who retired in 2005. Steve is the publisher […]

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Student Press Freedom Day: Journalism Against The Odds

We can all celebrate this day on February 26 Student journalists have always done incredible work keeping their schools and communities informed, but the connection and clarity they provide has never been more important than in the past year. In 2020, students conducted an essential service by disseminating public health information related to COVID, informing first time voters of crucial […]

Kevin Slimp makes his predictions for 2021

Kevin makes his predictions for 2021 and you can see his entire column here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nkjd70t0c0mtos4/AAD2LwIzBSbzUtU9NftarSLJa?dl=0&preview=Slimp_Jan_21.pdf At the end, Kevin wraps up his column looking back at the last 10 months with COVID-19 so prevalent: “To sum up the past 10 months, I’d say it’s no accident most newspapers are alive and kicking, even if they aren’t all thriving, as we […]

Peter Wagner: What will 2021 bring for newspapers and shoppers?

Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning Sheldon, IA, N’West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications. The “good old days,” when the hometown newspaper was often the only game in town, are gone forever. New digital platforms are arriving, and sometimes disappearing, quicker than an editor can shout “stop the press.” But digital competition isn’t just […]

Another effect from 2020 — Lobbying expenses dipped more than $3 million compared to 2018

  Kentucky lobbying spending for 2020, in which a global pandemic hit during the 60-day legislative session, dipped from an all-time yearly high of $23.1 million for the last “long session” of 2018 to $20.9 million in 2020. A record 733 lobbying businesses and organizations registered to lobby in Kentucky in 2020, spending $20.2 million.  Of that amount, employers reported […]