Weekly, Daily Division circulation breaks being changed in KPA News, Advertising contests

Just 98 days remain until Friday, October 15 entry deadline   The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors will  meet Friday, July 16 at Campbellsville University and will hear from the KPA News and Ad divisions of a needed change in both contests. Because of a low number of daily newspapers now, after several moved to two or three issues […]

Usage of archived Kentucky papers surpassed 1.591 million in 2019-20 fiscal year

Just as all my brothers and sisters at press/newspaper associations across the U.S. and Canada are on the distribution list for On Second Thought, most all share with me their weekly e-bulletins or printed monthly publications. We “borrow” a lot of stories or ideas from each other or use that news to see what other associations are offering their members, […]

Rufus Friday named executive director of the Hope Center in Lexington

By Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader The Hope Center has named longtime board member Rufus Friday as its next executive director. Friday served as the publisher and president of the Lexington Herald-Leader for seven years before stepping down in 2018. He most recently served as a special assistant to the Kentucky Community and Technical College system. “We conducted an extensive search for […]

Into the Issues

Now we have to make people want local news 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, […]

Harvard Law Professor: Public notices should never be published exclusively on the Internet

  There’s no question that public notice ads should be displayed on the internet. That’s why 15 states have passed laws requiring newspapers that publish notices in their print edition to also run them on their website and/or on their state press association’s statewide public notice site. After all, notices are designed to be read and lots of people read […]

Obituary: Senator Tom Buford

KPA members with carriers owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Tom Buford who died Tuesday at age 72. Senator Buford was always willing to listen whenever one of his district newspapers would contact him about legislative concerns. He might not promise to always vote “our way” but he was always willing to discuss the issue and even give suggestions […]

Federal Shield Bill introduced in the House and Senate

Kentucky has one of the oldest, perhaps the oldest, Shield Law in the country. It dates to 1952. KPA has not been active in pushing for the federal Shield Law because of KRS 421.100. The legislation has not been changed since it was first passed some 70 years ago. 421.100 Newspaper, radio or television broadcasting station personnel need not disclose source […]

Self-care tips for journalists: When tense, BREATHE! Take breaks, whether small or big

By Naseem S. Miller, The Journalist’s Resource There are many things journalists can do to improve their mental health. We share some practical tips from Dr. Elana Newman, research director at the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University. … Breathe. “When you get tense, simply remembering to breathe helps,” she said. Take small breaks during your workday. […]

FBI launches arrests over attacks on journalists during Capitol riot

By Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post Nearly six months after the U.S. Capitol riot, the Justice Department has begun arresting a new category of alleged criminals — those who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment as journalists documented the violence perpetrated by supporters of President Donald Trump. The first such charge came last week, when 43-year-old Shane Jason Woods of […]

3 award-winning strategies for growing digital audience at the local level

By Joe Lanane, Local Media Association Contributor Trying to get more “eyeballs” on your news coverage? Consider innovative approaches to audience development taken by these three award-winning local publishers. Green Valley News, a Wick Communications product in Arizona, decided to start its own social network. That idea earned the newspaper first-place recognition for Best Digital Audience Growth Strategy as part of the […]