HB 312 passes Senate Committee, with reservations, and then full Senate 22-11

House Bill 312 dealing originally with financial institutions but amended in a House State Government Committee substitute to deal with Open Records, passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. The vote was 7-2 but two of the “yea” votes — from Sen. Chris McDaniel and Sen. Brandon Storm — did so with some reservation about how […]

Voters need to let Ky. legislators know what they think of bills to limit openness of government

By Al Cross, Midway Messenger, Editor and publisher Next week is Sunshine Week, the annual attempt by news media and other advocates of open government to remind the public that our democratic republic works well only if the governed know what their elected and appointed officials are doing in their name. This is not a subject that the public appears […]

Hall of Fame ceremonies to be May 4

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 4. That’s the date selected for the 2021 Journalism Hall of Fame inductions ceremonies. The time, process link (it will be on Zoom) and names of the 2021 inductees will be announced at a later date.  

Obituary: James Royalty, Radcliff Sentinel

The Rev. James Houston Royalty, 91, of Radcliff, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville. He was the charter pastor of Red Hill Baptist Church in Radcliff, having served there as pastor for 71 years. He was the founder of Royalty Printing Company Inc. and The Sentinel newspaper in Radcliff and was a farmer […]

For Sunshine Week, Paducah Sun editor writes about his days in the Philippines during martial law

By John Mangalonzo, The Paducah Sun John Mangalonzo is the editor of The Paducah Sun. You can email him at jmangalonzo@paducahsun.com Transparency is key to democracy. So obvious, but yet so fragile. My colleague from the other side of this page has eloquently written about state legislators tinkering with Kentucky’s Open Records law. Not good for the people of the state, […]

Sunshine Week: Open government is key to honest government

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Week starts Sunday!  The national Sunshine Week content kit has been updated to include graphics and a social media toolkit. By Ken Paulson, Director, Free Speech Center When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. […]

Into the Issues: Pandemic could actually help newspapers boost audiences

By Al Cross Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the extension professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and director of its Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which publishes The Rural Blog at http://irjci.blogspot.com. The coronavirus […]

Hancock Clarion just celebrated its 128th anniversary

By Dave Taylor, The Hancock Clarion On a brisk March Saturday morning exactly 128 years ago, while Grover Cleveland was being inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States, two young men published the first edition of the Hancock Clarion.  Grover Cleveland is gone, but the paper those men started is alive and well and continuing the […]

In praise of press associations’ advocacy for newspapers, openness

By Tom Silvestri, The Relevance Project Tom Silvestri is the executive director of The Relevance Project, an initiative of Newspaper Association Managers that involves trade groups in the United States and Canada. He is a retired publisher, and his first job after college journalism was a beat reporter.  As a publisher, I welcomed Sunshine Week in March. It was always […]

Chalkbeat and RJI initiate project to track diversity of sources and database

Chalkbeat is working with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on a system where they can efficiently track the diversity of their sources over time, and hold themselves accountable for representing all the voices in the communities they serve. They also want to build a comprehensive source database for reporters across their expanding network of bureaus. And they want to […]