On Second Thought

Al Smith. Tim Kelly. David Hawpe. Kentucky has lost three journalism giants in 2021

Three stalwarts of Kentucky newspaper history have passed away in 2021. Al Smith passed away March 19. Tim Kelly died May 3. And Monday morning brought news that David Hawpe passed away Sunday evening. Al...

News and Ad contests materials finalized; it’s already posted and ready for you to begin

84 days until entry deadline. Don’t delay. Start today.   Materials for the KPA News Contest and the KPA Ad Contest have been completed and access to the online contest materials is now available. Go...

KPA to begin new era in news sharing with Board’s approval of AP StoryShare

Training sessions available in mid-August to introduce StoryShare to all KPA members About 16 months ago, the Kentucky Press Association shuttered one of its most popular services, the Kentucky Press News Service. Just over 10...

KPA Past President, former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe dies at 78

Led newspapers to win 4 Pulitzer Prizes By Andrew Wolfson Former Courier Journal editor David Hawpe, an unapologetic liberal who championed school reform, working people and his beloved Eastern Kentucky in 40 years at the...

N.C. family with seven decades of courage, integrity and tenacity honored with Tom and Pat Gish Award

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues A family that has demonstrated courage, integrity and tenacity at its twice-weekly newspaper in North Carolina over three generations is the winner of the 2021...

Taylor Hayes selected as Christian County Chamber president

By Jennifer P. Brown, hoptownchronicle.org Reprinted with permission of Jennifer P Brown, hoptownchronicle.org Taylor Wood Hayes, the former publisher of the Kentucky New Era, became the new president and CEO of the Christian County Chamber...

Mike Alexieff returns to Kentucky, as a publisher with Paxton Media

From the Madisonville Messenger Paxton Media Group, parent company of the The Messenger, has named longtime journalist and former editor of the paper Mike Alexieff regional publisher. Currently publisher of Paxton’s newspapers in Middle Tennessee,...

Cantwell, Kelly, Wyden introduce legislation to revive, sustain trusted local news

Cantwell: “Local news is about holding the powerful accountable.” Pandemic and economic crisis batter newsrooms at a time Americans need them most. A one-pager with details about the bill can be found HERE. Cantwell’s report on...

Special projects energize staff, community

By Jim Pumarlo 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...

Weekly, Daily Division circulation breaks being changed in KPA News, Advertising contests

Just 98 days remain until Friday, October 15 entry deadline   The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors will  meet Friday, July 16 at Campbellsville University and will hear from the KPA News and Ad...

Usage of archived Kentucky papers surpassed 1.591 million in 2019-20 fiscal year

Just as all my brothers and sisters at press/newspaper associations across the U.S. and Canada are on the distribution list for On Second Thought, most all share with me their weekly e-bulletins or printed monthly...

Rufus Friday named executive director of the Hope Center in Lexington

By Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader The Hope Center has named longtime board member Rufus Friday as its next executive director. Friday served as the publisher and president of the Lexington Herald-Leader for seven years before...

Into the Issues

Now we have to make people want local news By Al Cross Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of...

Harvard Law Professor: Public notices should never be published exclusively on the Internet

  There’s no question that public notice ads should be displayed on the internet. That’s why 15 states have passed laws requiring newspapers that publish notices in their print edition to also run them on...

Obituary: Senator Tom Buford

KPA members with carriers owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Tom Buford who died Tuesday at age 72. Senator Buford was always willing to listen whenever one of his district newspapers would contact him...

Federal Shield Bill introduced in the House and Senate

Kentucky has one of the oldest, perhaps the oldest, Shield Law in the country. It dates to 1952. KPA has not been active in pushing for the federal Shield Law because of KRS 421.100. The...

Self-care tips for journalists: When tense, BREATHE! Take breaks, whether small or big

By Naseem S. Miller, The Journalist’s Resource There are many things journalists can do to improve their mental health. We share some practical tips from Dr. Elana Newman, research director at the Dart Center for...

FBI launches arrests over attacks on journalists during Capitol riot

By Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post Nearly six months after the U.S. Capitol riot, the Justice Department has begun arresting a new category of alleged criminals — those who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment...

3 award-winning strategies for growing digital audience at the local level

By Joe Lanane, Local Media Association Contributor Trying to get more “eyeballs” on your news coverage? Consider innovative approaches to audience development taken by these three award-winning local publishers. Green Valley News, a Wick Communications product in...

Reporter uses recorder in court so NC judge jails newspaper’s editor

By Bryan Anderson, Associated Press/Report for America  A North Carolina Superior Court judge put a small-town newspaper editor behind bars last month after one of his reporters used an audio recorder for note-taking purposes at...