Baptism by fire? Sounds like Taylor West’s first 2 weeks on the job with Mayfield Messenger

A few days ago, we got a note from Areia Hathcock, general manager at the Mayfield Messenger that they’ve hired a new reporter and she needed a media pass. So we mailed that to the new reporter — Taylor Shea West — last Thursday. It’s doubtful it made it to the Mayfield Post Office before the tornado hit, though possible. […]

Western Kentucky tornadoes should remind you to plan for a disaster

My colleague Mark Thomas at Oklahoma Press Association, in Oklahoma City, updated state press association folks on the Moore and other Oklahoma tornadoes. The OPA staff is all okay and Mark is assessing how his newspapers fared after Monday’s devastation. But in his message Mark took time to remind us to remind you about disaster planning. You may not think […]

Contest winners have been announced. Kinda

We don’t ever release much information about who won what in the KPA Ad Contest and KPA News Contest but we do let you know names of staff members who won at least a First, Second or Third Place. I mean what more would you need to know right now? And we listed each person getting a First, Second or […]

Reminder: Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame nominations accepted through January 15, 2022

Just a reminder. Nominations for the 2022 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted now through January 15, 2022. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have made a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant. Kentucky natives or […]

Obituary: Mountain Citizen sports editor Ronnie Hickman passes away

From The Mountain Citizen, Inez It is with a heavy heart that The Mountain Citizen announces our beloved friend, colleague and Mountain Citizen sports editor Ronnie Hickman has passed away. He died Wednesday evening from a chronic illness. Hickman covered Martin County sports and news from 1985 to 2021. He joined The Mountain Citizen in November 1990. Before that, he […]

Manchester sports editor thankful to be alive after speeding pickup runs over him

Tanner Hoskins wasn’t at his regular job with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Nor as the sports editor of the Manchester Enterprise because he didn’t have any athletic events to cover. So he was focusing on his third job — his lawn service but had to stop at a local gas station to fill up the equipment. Problem was, a […]

AP allowing weeklies to use links and sidebar on exhaustive research about 2020 election

From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen. That’s not true, The Associated Press concluded after exhaustive investigations in the six most closely decided states. There is no greater journalistic authority than the AP, so the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues asked it to allow the story to […]

Color-coded lanyards indicate lobbyists’ interactions with legislators, LRC staff, visitors

Beginning immediately, the Legislative Research Commission is initiating new security badges for lobbyists and others. Lobbyists have long used the state-issued badges to be able to bypass sign-in desks at entrances to the Capitol and the Annex. The badges also activate the automatic doors at entrances. But of interesting note, the LRC will now supply lanyards if the lobbyist is […]

Offers of help pouring in — from newspapers, state press associations, Belarus

A short time after posting some initial photos of the devastation from last week’s storms and particularly the photo by the Herald-Leader’s Ryan Hermens showing the Mayfield Messenger building, expressions of sadness and concern and offers to let them know how to help came pouring in. Close to two dozen press associations responded, from as far away as the California […]

Holiday schedule for KPA Central Office

With both Christmas and New Year’s falling on Saturdays, it kinda messes with normal work schedules. But here’s the work schedule for the KPA Central Office for the next two weeks. The office will be open Monday through Thursday, December 20 through December 23. It will be closed Friday, December 24. Because the staff gets off two days for both […]