On second thought, let’s extend the contest deadline until noon Eastern on Monday, Oct. 18

  Great news for charter members of the Kentucky Procrastinators Association. Despite a (my own) vow not to extend the contests deadline, Thursday I swallowed my pride and made the change. Originally, the system was to shut down at midnight tonight (Friday). But looking at the lack of entries in the KPA Ad Contest and knowing there were some newspapers […]

Board elections underway in six districts

The Kentucky Press Association has started the process of electing Board members for various districts. In all, six districts are in the nomination process currently and would be followed with the election process. KPA has 14 districts with an elected Board member in each. Five of the six districts are up for full three-year terms on the KPA/KPS Board of […]

Loyd Ford ‘speechless?’ Hell just froze over

If you know Loyd Ford, you know he’s never at a loss for words and always willing to share his thoughts. But here’s one time Loyd admits he was at a loss for words. Few have been the times I have been totally flabbergasted and left without a word to say. Saturday I was covering the Hunter’s Moon Parade, it […]

Janie might be a star but the rest of the Clinton County News ‘family’ is as well

The email from Alan Gibson at the Clinton County News simply said, “Janie’s a star!” Janie is Alan’s wife and the Clinton County News is a family affair. What Alan was talking about is a news report from a Tennessee station about the News’ message to its readers — Get the shot! And while it was done by a Tennessee […]

If you aren’t listed below, you haven’t registered for either KPA contest. Time is running out!

Elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought is an article on the KPA contests deadline being extended until noon on Monday, October 18. Don’t know if your newspaper is registered or not? Then check the list below. Those are the KPA member newspapers who have registered to participate. It doesn’t mean the newspaper has submitted entries, just that the newspaper […]

Nominations sought for 2021 James Madison Award by November 5

The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is accepting nominations for its James Madison Award, which honors a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media, is accepting nominations to recognize those whose contributions protect or expand First Amendment freedoms. The nominator must submit a letter identifying […]

Canedy, Creason, Preston inducted into UK Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Twenty-seven University of Kentucky alumni were inducted recently into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Included in the group were three Journalism graduates — Dana Canedy, Joe Creason and Tommy Preston. The Hall pays tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater through their contribution to the welfare of the commonwealth and nation in arts, […]

UK professor gets exclusive interview with Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner

By Buck Ryan, University of Kentucky Journalism Professor When news broke on Friday morning, Oct. 8, that a Russian newspaper editor was sharing in the Nobel Peace Prize, a UK journalism professor sent a Facebook Messenger note to a colleague in Russia: “Do you know Mr. Muratov?” Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta (New Newspaper), based in Moscow, is sharing in […]

Nearly 70 years earlier, issues newspapers had with public agencies were the same as today

Doing some straightening around the office, the Oldham Era’s Jane Ashley Pace found some interesting artifacts Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era in LaGrange, was doing some straightening around the office earlier this week when she ran across an August 5, 1952, letter from Vic Portmann who was secretary/manager of the Kentucky Press Association at the time. Among […]

Let’s steer some of that pandemic relief money into sample copying; also, lead by example

By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community newspapers have a role to play in that, especially in rural America, where vaccination rates are lower than the rest of the nation, sometimes dangerously […]