Make your room reservations today — as in NOW! — for 2022 KPA Winter Convention

You looked outside today, saw the white stuff covering the ground and you immediately thought that it must be time for the 2022 KPA Winter Convention. Appropriately named. The convention is just two weeks away, primarily on Friday, January 21 at the Marriott East in Louisville. This will be KPA’s first in-person convention since 2020, held just weeks before the […]

The good, the bad, the fun, the sad: After some 45 years, Jack Brammer retires from covering state government

By Jack Brammer JBRAMMER@HERALD-LEADER.COM Editors Note: Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, retired Dec. 30. He had worked for the newspaper since May 1978. My mamaw, Bessie Price, often told me as a kid growing up in Mason County about once visiting a relative who had worked […]

Legislature gavels in 2022 Kentucky General Assembly

The 60-day legislative session got underway Tuesday, January 4 and has been going full speed throughout the week. Despite the governor shutting down state government for Friday because of the snow storm that hit the Bluegrass late Thursday, the General Assembly kept with its schedule and held its fourth day. It’s also scheduled to meet on Saturday, January 8, but […]

Special Election underway in District 6

KPA is approaching the deadline for nominations for its District 6 Board member. The special election was required when Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era and Henry County Local, was elected 2022 KPA Vice President. A letter and nomination form were mailed to the publisher of each District 6 newspaper. The district includes all full members in Bullitt, […]

An ‘old hat’ returns to the news biz

By Phyllis Codling McLaughlin New year, new job. This week I officially took over as editor of the Oldham Era, and I’m very excited about it. More so than I expected, honestly. Journalism, especially community news, has been my thing since college. It’s hard work, but it’s also a profession that can give you access to so many things “normal” […]

Into the Issues: AP lets non-member weeklies republish its investigative story about 2020 election fraud

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues  Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly held — to debunk the falsehoods believed by millions. The truth has prevailed among most Americans, but not among most Republicans, and that’s a real […]

As the New Year begins, take inventory, prepare calendar

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Jim Pumarlo is former editor of the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. He writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on […]