KPA Advertising Contest: Changes they are a comin’

Representatives of the KPA advertising community held a Zoom session Thursday afternoon to talk about the KPA Advertising Contest. At the heart of the discussion was the 2020 contest that resulted in the lowest number of entries since 1986 and to look at the 25 categories to see if some have run their course and could be deleted. The group […]

SPJ Chapter panel discusses 2021 legislation on Open Government; looks toward future sessions

      The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a Zoom session Thursday evening on the 2021 General Assembly and a look at what’s probably on the horizon when the gavel bangs on 2022’s 60-day session. Hosted by the chapter president Tom Eblen, the panel included Michael Abate, KPA general counsel; Sharon Burton, KPA president and […]

Nominations sought for Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism

From Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Each year the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues presents the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism, named for the couple who exemplified those qualities as publishers of The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for 51 years. Nominations for the Gish Award may be made at […]

Doing ‘Local’ means supporting America’s local newspapers, too

By Dean Ridings, CEO, America’s Newspapers As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person.   Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we all are in the process of reclaiming those […]

‘Nobody is ever just a victim’: 6 tips for journalists covering hate crimes

By Holly Butcher Grant, National Press Club Journalism Institute Amid rising attacks on racial, ethnic and religious groups, journalists are navigating the complex terrain around what constitutes a hate crime. So how can they cover hate crimes and other attacks on vulnerable populations? Here are some tips from a recent National Press Club Journalism Institute panel. First, understand what constitutes […]

AP says it will no longer name suspects in minor crimes

By David Bauder, Associated Press The Associated Press said earlier this week it will no longer run the names of people charged with minor crimes, out of concern that such stories can have a long, damaging afterlife on the internet that can make it hard for individuals to move on with their lives. In so doing, one of the world’s […]

Local Journalism Sustainability Act introduced for 117th Congress

From America’s Newspapers On Wednesday, Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act for the 117th Congress, a bipartisan bill that seeks to help local newspapers sustain financial viability through a series of three tax credits. America’s Newspapers supports the passage of this legislation. “Local journalism is a bedrock pillar of communities across the […]

NLA launches Emerging Leaders Institute; application process open now through July 23

The News Leader Association opened the application process for its upcoming Emerging Leaders Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ELI) program. ELI is a critical component of NLA’s mission to accelerate the rise of traditionally underrepresented journalists into the management ranks of news organizations. Designed to meet the industry’s current needs, the six-month program begins in September 2021 and continues into Spring of 2022. […]

The latest on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA)

JCPA NEWSROOM REPORT – June 17, 2021 Today’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 In a letter to members of the House and Senate Antitrust Subcommittees, six consumer advocacy groups, urged Congress to amend the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to clarify […]