Jackson editor loses everything in fire; he just wanted his KPA contest certificates

“The people of the mountains have been incredibly generous as my family and I now own more clothes than pre-fire.” “I was awfully close to the situation to draw the assignment but I write all the articles so it fell to me. You know small-town weeklies.” Those aren’t quotes taken from a story, written by Jackson-Breathitt County Times Voice editor […]

‘Democracy And The Informed Citizen’ examines roles of news, other media Thursday at UK

Slots are still open for the private roundtable with Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Chattanooga Times Free Press and other papers, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Keeneland Room at the library. He is a thought leader among newspaper publishers and we’re glad he is willing to share an hour of his time with you. […]

Crittenden Press getting doctors, businesses, public agencies involved in encouraging vaccine

From Chris Evans, The Crittenden Press The Crittenden Press has published a first-person article from a local medical doctor encouraging vaccines; an article about a nurse practitioner whose husband was hospitalized and unvaccinated, and she changed her tune on the vaccine in a hurry; and we have had a couple of recent op-ed pieces, too. Allison wrote a very well-received […]

Contest countdown: Two weeks remain to enter as October 15 deadline looms

Just two weeks! The countdown to the deadline to enter the KPA News and Ad contests continues but looms large with Friday, October 15, nearing. That’s the last day you can submit entries for the contests and for some it appears it might be the deadline to even register to enter. Only 43 newspapers have registered so far, a far […]

There’s more on that three vs. five days for agencies to respond to a public records request

Oh, here we are again, writing about the three-day response to an open records request. You remember the one; the one that the GOP supermajority changed to five days during the 2021 session. Perish the thought they would do that!! At the time, we knew of only four states — including Kentucky — that had as little as a three-day […]

National Newspaper Week is upon us! Plan for it, celebrate it!

JUST A REMINDER! OCTOBER 3-9 IS NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK This 81st annual National Newspaper Week is a recognition of the service of newspapers and their employees across North America and is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers. KPA is a member of NAM and pays a fee so that all KPA member newspapers may have access to the National Newspaper Week promotional materials. “Community […]

Facebook issue I can understand; LinkedIn needs some work

I can forgive Facebook. I realize they can’t read every obituary in every newspaper or from every funeral home so when I get a “Wish so and so a Happy Birthday” and know that friend’s been dead for a few years, I think of him or her and some of the memories. I have a couple of high school buddies […]

2021 ‘short session’ still long on lobbying expenses; ‘advertising’ passes a half million

By Laura Hendrix, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission According to the most recent lobbyist and employer reports, legislative lobbying spending for the first 8 months of 2021 was just shy of $15 million, at $14.9 million. Businesses and organizations kept up the trend of increased lobbying spending by nearly reaching the record $15.7 million spent in the same period […]

The ‘blue shirt’ won. Is that the best we can do?

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Local names and faces are the lifeblood of community newspaper content. There’s no better way to spotlight your readers than through photos. After all, “a picture is worth a thousand words” – right? I rephrase. A picture can be worth a thousand words. The most interesting story will go unread if it has a nondescript […]