Sen. David Givens gives forecast for the 2022 legislature as Barren County Progress, Jobe Publishing host KPA Board for Fall Retreat

                  By Marybeth Sallee, Barren County Progress/Jobe Publishing The Kentucky Press Association (KPA) held its annual fall retreat in Glasgow this past week. Members representing the more than 150 newspapers and new online affiliate websites were hosted by the local newspaper, The Barren County Progress, at the Barren River Lake State Park. […]

Bennie Ivory, Stan Macdonald to receive Madison Award for commitment to the First Amendment

Presentation will be November 17 during First Amendment celebration The 2021 James Madison Award from the University of Kentucky is going to a pair of recipients: Bennie Ivory and Stan Macdonald, both retired from the Louisville Courier-Journal, where their work provided high-quality journalism in Kentucky for 44 years, especially in numerous efforts to protect and expand First Amendment rights, including […]

Board elections end; all 5 incumbents re-elected

The Kentucky Press Association recently held elections for Board seats in Districts 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14. Four of the five districts had only one nominee — the current office holder — so those were re-elected to a full three-year term. Those four include Russ Cassady, Appalachian News Express, District 9; Jessica Butler, Beattyville Enterprise/Booneville Sentinel, District 10;  Mark […]

State Journal to begin new print schedule on December 4

Since the newspaper began its twice-a-week print edition last year, we have heard from numerous readers who miss their “weekend” paper. We have taken their comments to heart and altered our publication schedule. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 4, The State Journal will be printed and delivered via mail on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The last Tuesday edition will be printed on Nov. […]

Jeff Jobe (finally) receives gavel plaque for year as KPA President

With COVID canceling the 2021 KPA Winter Convention and few opportunities to be present for a KPA Board meeting, 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe finally received his gavel plaque for serving as head of the organization. At the 2021 KPA Fall Board Retreat, held November 4-5 at Barren River State Park near Glasgow, close to Jeff’s central office for Jobe […]

So is it no punctuation, a – or a /?

How do you write the term? County Judge Executive County Judge-Executive County Judge/Executive Until recently, I don’t know I had ever seen or used a hyphen or slash in the phrase County Judge Executive. Er, Judge-Executive. No make that Judge/Executive. It was mentioned to me a discussion was going on over the proper wording. I stood firm with no punctuation […]

New Public Notice website launched; ensure you’re uploading each edition so notices can be scraped   Just a reminder that the new KPA Public Notice website has been launched and member newspapers are reminded to make sure all issues of the newspaper are being uploaded to NewzGroup. The company will then scrape all public notices from the newspapers and will post them on the website. It was officially launched in 2011 […]

Go ahead and reserve your room at the Marriott East for the 2022 Winter Convention

In a little over two months, the KPA Winter Convention will be returning. The pandemic this year prevented KPA from hosting its Winter Convention at the Marriott East in Louisville so we will be heading there January 20-21, 2022, for our first convention gathering since 2020. While you may think it’s early to do so, the room reservation form specifically […]

Current plan is for KPA internship program to return in 2022

After taking 2021 off because of the pandemic, as well as partially shutting down in mid-summer 2020, the current plan is to return the KPA internship program to reality in the summer of 2022. In 2020, after COVID-19 hit the Bluegrass, some interns found themselves completing only part of the schedule because of newspaper shut downs and offices not being […]

AT&T, Verizon pause 5G roll-out because of concerns over FAA interference

AT&T and Verizon confirmed last week that they’ve agreed to temporarily pause rolling out 5G service that uses a new set of radio frequencies. The carriers will work with the US Federal Aviation Administration to address concerns about potential interference between key cockpit safety devices and towers on the ground transmitting 5G signals. AT&T said in a statement that it […]