Democrat editor Becky Barnes receives Al Smith Award; NBC’s Chuck Todd tells the audience ‘If you’re not in journalism, then support it’

By Heather Chapman, UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Cynthiana Democrat Editor Becky Barnes and the journalists at Murray State University’s WKMS-FM were honored last night with the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by Kentuckians — Barnes for 2020 and WKMS for 2021. At the Al Smith Awards Dinner at the Griffin Gate Marriott […]

It’s ‘time’ for a reminder for your readers: set the clocks back Sunday, November 7

Last week, it was an item for all you in the 859 area code that beginning Sunday, October 24 (this past Sunday), local calls required a 10-digit dialing, beginning with 859 and then the seven-digit number. Now comes a reminder for all of you to pass on to your readers, regardless of what area code you’re in. Come 2 a.m. […]

Census Bureau releases data on Annual Business Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released new estimates on the characteristics of employer businesses. According to the 2020 Annual Business Survey (ABS), which covers reference year 2019, approximately 18.7% (1.1 million) of U.S. employer businesses were minority-owned, veteran-owned businesses made up about 5.7% (331,151) of all businesses.  About 20.9% (1.2 million) of businesses were owned by women. Additional highlights: Veteran-owned businesses had […]

Neil Belcher elected to serve District 7 on KPA/KPS Board of Directors.

District includes Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties. Neil Belcher, publisher of the Falmouth Outlook, has been elected District 7 representative on the KPA Board of Directors. The district seat came open this fall when Jeff Moore announced his retirement. Moore, general manager of the Carrollton News Democrat, Owenton News Herald and Trimble Banner, had been […]

Josh Givens joins Hancock Clarion news staff

Josh Givens has joined the Hancock Clarion in Hawesville as a reporter. He will report on local government, courts, features and general news in the community. Givens comes to the Clarion with more than 30 years experience as a journalist, getting his start as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army. Givens is a native of Logan County in south central […]

Givenses participate in ‘Blood Thirsty Greenville’ history tour

Hancock Clarion reporter C. Josh Givens and son, Ethan Givens, participated in a living history tour of some of the murders and tragic deaths which have occurred throughout the history of Greenville in Muhlenberg County, where the Givenses live. Josh portrayed a Civil War Union major who was shot dead on the streets in 1865 after confronting another Union soldier […]

Friday, Nov. 5 deadline for James Madison Award

  Friday, November 5, is the deadline for nominations for the annual James Madison Award. The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is accepting the nominations for the award, honoring 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 […]

2021 State of the First Amendment address on News Reporting, Open Records set for Nov. 17

The 2021 State of the First Amendment Address, sponsored by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center housed in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, will be delivered by media attorneys Tom Miller and Elizabeth Woodford, who successfully argued on behalf of the Kernel Press, Inc., publisher of the student-produced Kentucky Kernel, in a years-long open […]

League of Cities ‘priorities’ could fill up 2022 legislative session

Ok, that’s going to the extreme. But the Kentucky League of Cities recently published its “priorities” for the 2022 session. And the publication isn’t short on transparency and publication requirement changes. Here, check out the whole package but below the link you’ll find the ‘priorities’ about Open Meetings, Open Records and, of course, Public Notice Advertising on government websites: KENTUCKY […]

Another feather in the cap to require public agencies advertise in newspapers, not on a government website

You can learn a lot by reading those “small print ads in the back of newspapers” and now you can learn a lot by reading the Audit Reports submitted by State Auditor Mike Harmon. Not sure what led me to read comments about the audit of the Taylor County clerk. Perhaps it was because of “five comments” the Auditor had […]