Postal sampling language championed by Rep. James Comer included in Reform Act proposal

By Tonda Rush, National Newspaper Association General Counsel National Newspaper Association celebrated Wednesday the introduction of a bipartisan postal reform bill that it says could point the way to critical changes for the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service Reform Act is expected to be moved quickly this week through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.  It would mandate […]

Nomination deadline is May 17 (Monday) for Al Smith Public Service Award

From the Bluegrass Chapter of SPJ, IRJCI The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his […]

Natalie Parks gets another award, places fourth in Hearst competition for sportswriting

Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief Natalie Parks recently received the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press for Student Publications. She was presented the FOI Award by Adam Yeomans for a series of stories involving the University of Kentucky and Open Records. And she also received the Journalist of the Year Award for Student Publications in the Kentucky Press […]

Would you pay $25 to $40 per hour to have an Open Record reproduced? You would in South Carolina; June 29 is effective date of 2021 legislation

Many of you expressed disdain during the 2021 General Assembly about House Bill 312 and language in it that would allow public agencies five days to respond to an Open Records request, an increase from three days that had been in the law since the outset in 1976. The three-day mandate seemed sufficient time, most believed. And at three days, […]

KPA’s Public Notice website has new FTP login for all Kentucky newspapers

The Kentucky Press Association has been offering a website for all public notices published in Kentucky newspapers since 2011. That was a project instituted by Jamie Sizemore when she served as president of KPA. The site was made available so there would be one source for the public to view all public notices of Kentucky public agencies and other resources. […]

Kim Woods honored by South Carolina House as first female African American publisher

Kim Woods, former vice president of advertising for the Lexington Herald-Leader, has been honored by the South Carolina House of Representatives as the first female African American publisher of a South Carolina newspaper. Kim joined the KPA Board of Directors while with the Herald-Leader, beginning as the Ad Division Chair in May, 2014. She was elected as District 13 Board […]

Into the Issues — Pandemic payoffs: sample copying, public notices

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 The main […]

If Biden really wants to push vaccines, NMA/NNA suggests using local newspapers

Washington, D.C. – The News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) sent a letter Thursday to President Joe Biden, on behalf of their more than 3,700 combined daily and community newspaper members, encouraging the Administration to use advertising in local newspapers to help build trust and acceptance of vaccines. On May 4, President Biden announced the Administration was […]

More newspapers editorializing in support of JCPA legislation

Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) NEWSROOM REPORT – May 13, 2021 Thursday’s update on the importance of local journalism, the threat posed by Google and Facebook, and how you can take action to support the JCPA WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW A steady drumbeat of editorial support of the JCPA from local publications has continued into the week, with […]

2021 Hall of Fame Class inducted virtually; ceremony available online

The 2021 Class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame was inducted Thursday, May 4 and the virtual presentation is now available for viewing. To see the inductees and their comments, go to  KENTUCKY JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME This year’s 10 inductees were: Michael Collins, who covers economic issues and the White House for USA Today; the late Bill Cox, […]