No excuse. No extension. Contest categories are listed here so start setting aside what you want to enter when the bewitching hour approaches

  Countdown begins now: 105 days until the contest entry deadline Every year, it’s the same story. The deadline for entering either or both of the KPA contests approaches and the emails come through. “We haven’t had time t0 get our entries together. Can we have an extension?” Sometimes there are legitimate “reasons” for a delay but more often than […]

Attorney General Cameron files regulations creating new statewide Open Records Request form

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Tuesday that his office filed a regulation to establish a new standardized form that the public may use to make open records requests on public agencies subject to the Open Records Act. The form fulfills the requirements, under House Bill 312, that the Attorney General’s Office publish a standardized form. Although public agencies must accept […]

Grayson County weeklies merge with Paxton Media Group purchasing Landmark

From Paxton Media Group   The Grayson County News-Gazette has combined its resources with The Record to create a new Grayson County weekly newspaper utilizing the staff of both products. On June 8, Paxton Media Group completed its acquisition of  all 46 publications belonging to Landmark Community Newspapers, including The Record. PMG, a fifth-generation, family-owned business, is based in Paducah […]

Jobs opened at some KPA member newspapers

Looking for a job — reporting, sports, storytelling, ad sales, digital marketing? Then check out for the latest job openings. We’ve posted four more jobs in the last two weeks so if one fits your interest, your specialty, give it a shot. Jobs include: Reporter, Central Kentucky News Journal Reporter/Storyteller, Paducah Sun and associated weekly newspapers Sports Editor, Paducah […]

Andrews McMeel to publish Burl Osborne biography

Kansas City, MO — Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) has acquired worldwide rights to Jane Wolfe’s biography of Burl Osborne, former chairman of The Associated Press and publisher of The Dallas Morning News, who waged and won one of the last great newspaper wars in the United States. Publication is slated for May 2022. Burl was a native Kentuckian (born in Letcher […]

FCC hosting July 8 webinar on Emergency Broadband Benefit; it’s free but registration is required

From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)   Over 2.8 million households have already enrolled to receive the Emergency Broadband Benefit, but there are many more households that qualify. To help increase awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will be conducting a webinar for grassroots advocates, navigators, and others helping their local communities get connected. […]

How much is too much?

Investing in the future of your newspaper By Kevin Slimp About 15 or so years ago, I received a call from a newspaper designer at a small weekly in Tennessee. She was panicked because of a technical issue that was causing a lot of complications at her paper. “No problem,” I told her. For less than $100, the paper could […]

A simple way to develop ad campaign ideas

By John Foust, Raleigh, NC   Let’s say you’re meeting with a florist who has been running ads with the headline, “For all your floral needs.” Of course, you and I know this is an empty headline that speaks to no one in particular. It’s a terrible idea and a waste of the advertiser’s budget. What should you do? Have […]

Study: Newspaper circulation revenue surpasses advertising

FILE – An employee sorts newspapers for delivery at a distribution center in Liberty Township near Youngstown, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 2019. Pew Research Center data released this week showed that 2020 was the first year that the newspaper industry earned more money from circulation than advertising, (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in […]