Friday, February 1, 2013

• Sawyers installed as 2013 KPA President

• 1,145 attend KPA/KHSJA/KIPA/KNPA Convention

• Scott Fiscal Court pays county employees while taking a lunch hour; does yours?

• Advertising Excellence contest materials available online

• Governor’s Commission wants to usurp the Open Records Law

Here is your 2013 KPA Board of Directors:

Willie Sawyers

Willie Sawyers

Willie Sawyers

Willie Sawyers, London Sentinel Echo, President

John Mura, Louisville Courier-Journal, Past President

Scott Schurz Jr., Advocate Communications, President-Elect

Rick Welch, Madisonville Messenger, Vice President

Scott Schurz Jr.

Scott Schurz Jr.

Loyd Ford, The Lake News, Calvert City, District 1/Treasurer

Ryan Craig, Todd County Standard, District 2

David Dixon, Henderson Gleaner, District 3

Jeff Jobe, Jobe Publishing Inc., District 4

Rick Welch

Rick Welch

Scott Schurz Jr.
Stevie Lowery, Lebanon Enterprise, District 5

Kerry Johnson, Shelbyville Sentinel News, District 6

Jamie Baker-Nantz, Grant County News, District 7 – 2012-2015

Loyd Ford

Loyd Ford

Keith Kappes, Morehead News, District 8

Cathie Shaffer, Greenup County Times-News, District 9

Cheryle Walton, Beattyville Enterprise, District 10

Jay Nolan, Nolan Newspapers, District 11

Jeff Moreland, Central Kentucky News Journal, District 12

Rick Welch
Peter Baniak, Lexington Herald-Leader, District 13

Teresa Scenters, Berea Citizen, District 14

Rob McCullough, Somerset Commonwealth Journal, State At-Large

Sharon Burton, Adair County Community Voice, State At-Large

Ann Dix Maenza, Frankfort State Journal, State At-Large, 2012-2013

Helen Powers, Advocate Communications, KPA Ad Division Chair, 2013-14

Kriss Johnson, Lexington Herald-Leader, Circulation Division Chair, 2012-13

Steve Doyle, Shelbyville Sentinel News, KPA News Editorial Division Chair, 2012-13

Loyd Ford
Monica Dias, Frost Brown Todd LLC, KPA Associates Chair, 2013-14

Mary Cupito, Northern Kentucky University, Journalism Education Representative, 2013-14

Chuck Clark, Western Kentucky University, Journalism Education Representative, 2013


Congratulations to Willie Sawyers, Scott Schurz Jr., Rick Welch, Loyd Ford and a thank you to John Mura. Willie was installed as KPA President during the convention. He’s publisher of the London Sentinel Echo and Corbin Times Tribune.

John Mura

John Mura

John Mura
Our 2013 President-Elect is Scott Schurz Jr., who will become president in 2014. Scott is publisher of the Advocate Messenger/Danville, Winchester Sun, Stanford Interior Journal and Jessamine Journal/Nicholasville.

Rick Welch, publisher of the Madisonville Messenger, was elected Vice President of KPA during the Winter Convention Business Meeting on January 24.

Loyd Ford, publisher of The Lake News, Calvert City, will serve as treasurer of KPA in 2013.

John Mura, multi-media manager of The Courier-Journal, served as president in 2012 and remains an officer as Past President.


We did it!! We passed the 1000 level — in-training and professional journalists at a KPA convention. In fact, we really passed the target.

Thursday got us off to a great start with 458 high school students. KPA ended with 437 names on the convention list so that gets us to 887. The Kentucky News Photographers Association had 175. There were another 75 students for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association session Saturday morning, meaning there were 1145 folks attending the convention at one point over three days.


This year’s was my 30th winter convention. And I found out you never stop learning.

We had too many sessions going on at one time. Most of the time blocks had five sessions scheduled and for 2014, I’m looking to cut that back to three. It might necessitate a fourth, here and there, but three will be the magic number we’ll shoot for. Quality vs. quantity. If we get great speakers, programs, then having three will be just as informative, educational and important as trying to squeeze in something for everyone every single minute.

We already have three sessions scheduled and an invitation given for a fourth.

Former Lexington Herald-Leader editor Linda Austin is now executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Linda brought a business workshop to UK last year and is bringing another one to Kentucky in February. Editors received information on this workshop earlier in the week (and it’s reprinted below). So in communicating with her, I invited the center to have a 2014 business journalism workshop during the KPA Convention and she has accepted that invitation. The convention next year will be January 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. It’s the first time we’ve had a convention at that Hyatt since 1982.

And hopefully, our acronym partners — KIPA, KNPA and KHSJA — will be joining us to make it a three-day event again.

The second session has been offered and accepted without specifics yet. Julie Nelson Harris, who cut her teeth helping her father, John, when he was at the Pulaski Week, will be doing a session for us.

The pilot newspapers participating in the KPA Digital Project will be discussing their year in adding digital services to their readers through the program. The four are the Barbourville Advocate, Citizen Voice and Times/Irvine, The Lake News/Calvert City and the Lewis County Herald.

And I just invited Al Tompkins with the Poynter Institute to do a session at the Winter Convention. We’ve not had anyone from Poynter address a KPA Convention but Al comes highly rated to talk about broadcast and online journalism.

Al is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Here’s Al’s bio taken from his Hall of Fame induction:

Group Leader for Broadcasting and Online at The Poynter Institute. Writes daily “Al’s Morning Meeting” story idea column on read by more than 20,000 people. Author of Aim For The Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters; co-author of Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s Newsroom Ethics workbook. Before joining Poynter in 1998, spent 25 years as a photojournalist, reporter, producer, anchor, assistant news director, special projects/investigations director, documentary producer, and news director. Received 1999 Clarion Award for his documentary Saving Stefani. Winner of numerous other awards, including national Emmy Award, Peabody Award, seven National Headliner Awards, two Iris Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Reporting. Graduate of Western Kentucky University.

So an early start on 2014 already.


The KPA Past Presidents met during the Winter Convention and selected the 20 newspapers to receive an intern for the 2013 summer program. Nearly 40 eligible newspapers applied.

The 2013 Host Newspapers include the Beechtree News, The Lake News/Calvert City, Leitchfield Record, Morehead News, Owenton News Herald, McLean County News, Spencer Magnet/Taylorsville, Eagle Post/Oak Grove, Dawson Springs Progress, Shelbyville Sentinel News, Shepherdsville Pioneer News, Oldham Era/LaGrange, Franklin Favorite, Jessamine Journal/Nicholasville, Anderson News/Lawrenceburg, Todd County Standard/Elkton, Lexington Herald-Leader, Stanford Interior Journal, Crittenden Press/Marion, Winchester Sun.


Looks like we end up with 56 students applying for the intern program with a good number of them from Eastern, Western, UK, Murray and Northern; a few from Morehead; and, a couple from Maysville Community and Technical College.


NOTE TO EDITORS: This issue is worth asking county officials, or better yet, filing an Open Records request to see if this is the policy in your county.

Scott County Clerk Rebecca Johnson was berated by some of the Scott Fiscal Court members recently for asking that her employees no longer be paid during the lunch hour. Yes, you read that right. Johnson asked fiscal court to end the practice in her office of paying employees to take lunch. During the discussion, it came out that all county employees are paid their full rate for the hour taken to eat lunch.

Perhaps it’s the only unit of government in Kentucky that has that policy, but then again it may be more widespread.

Johnson did ask that instead of paying her employees for 40 hours per week, that the hourly rates of the employees be increased while reducing the number of work hours to 35 per week. That way, employees in the clerk’s office would make the same salary over the course of a year and not be penalized for working fewer hours. And they’d lose being paid while taking an hour away from the office at one of the local eateries.

Fiscal Court members did not take kindly to the request. That was probably more because of the embarrassment of the public finding out about this than the idea of not paying for the lunch hour.

There are some 150 county employees. Using a probably conservative hourly rate of $10 per hour that means Scott Fiscal Court is spending nearly $400,000 per year in salaries for employees to take lunch. And it could be worse. If any of their retirement or other benefits is based on pay, the cost to taxpayers is even more. And they get no county services during that hour. I mean, who wants to work while they’re at lunch? And getting paid for that?

Check with your county government to see if this is the practice in your county. And I’ll watch for any stories developing from this is that is local policy.


We now have 70 news media participating in the Kentucky Press News Service. About a week ago, the Falmouth Outlook (Pendleton County) came on board and Monday, The Western Recorder followed suit. It’s growing!!

If you’re not a participating member, contact David Greer at 502-223-8821 for the information.


The external review commission established by the governor to examine the processes of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services, and directed to look at child fatality and near-fatality cases is innovative to say the least.

It hasn’t gotten much accomplished in the two meetings because members want to spend time talking about the Open Records laws. And more specifically, how to skirt those laws.

At this week’s meeting, the first hour was spent not on what to do to protect these kids, or how the cabinet might ensure future deaths and near fatalities are prevented but on getting around the Open Records laws.

One member suggested the commission become a research project and that way both the HIPPA laws and the Open Records laws would not be applicable. Another suggested setting up a “secure website” where the documents around the cases could be deposited but no one but commission members could get to them. And yet another idea was for the commission to get the full records, go into a Closed Meeting and that should prevent the files from being public.

And there was also discussion of getting the Governor to direct a new Executive Order — that’s how this commission was put together in the first place — and have him specify that the commission would have access to complete and unredacted cabinet files, usurping the Open Records law.

What’s this commission supposed to be doing? Is it to get the ship righted so future child fatalities don’t happen or is to be like any other public agency and wanting to hide from Open Records and Open Meeting?

The problem seems to stem from the commission getting “heavily redacted” records from the cabinet. Well, guess what, commission members, now you see why the media has been filing suit against the cabinet. Because it wants nothing about these situations to be made public.

So commission members, why don’t you just tell the cabinet to give you and everyone all of the records, in full, no redaction, and let the public see exactly what’s going on with the Department of Child Protective Services (DCPS). Or are you on the cabinet’s side and want to rename that department “Department of Cabinet Protective Services?”

And now the governor wouldn’t issue a new Executive Order would he? I mean this is the same governor who on December 7, 2011, held a press conference to announce his administration, and thus the cabinet, would comply with the Franklin Circuit Court ruling and make all the files available. What he didn’t show was fingers crossed when he said it.


We welcome Rowlett Advertising Service out of Tennessee as our newest KPA Associates Division member. Many of you know Bob Atkins, who is the publisher relations director for Rowlett. And when I was at Georgetown — 1979-83 — Richard Rowlett had his business in operation then and would make a trip to Georgetown once a year to sell the church page ads for the News and Times. His company is still in that business 35 years later.


We’ve just presented the news contest awards and now it’s time to let the advertising staffs around the state show their greatness. We are making the advertising contest material available on the website and it’s all there for you now —

A couple of notes:

• this year’s contest — for all ads published in 2012 — will be all electronic. No physical tearsheets will be entered. In some categories — special sections, special publications, and TMC product — newspapers will make one pdf of the entire entry and submit that.

• the deadline to upload your entries will be Thursday, March 14.

• we have adjusted the rules to allow for outside graphic designers or newspapers/companies under contract to provide graphic design to be entered by the newspaper.

• the daily newspaper circulation breakdown has been altered to provide for a more equal number of newspapers in the three daily divisions. The new circulation breaks will be up to 6,000; 6,001 to 20,000; and 20,001 and above.


I’ve dubbed it the Border War golf outing from an idea of Bob Atkins with Rowlett Advertising Service, the newest KPA Associate member. Many of you know Bob and his passion for golf. So we’re communicating on having the inaugural Border War golf outing, probably sometime this summer.

It’ll be golfers from Kentucky (KPA) vs. golfers from Tennessee (TPA). Particulars are just now being discussed but be watching in a few weeks for further announcements. We’ll probably find a course along the Kentucky-Tennessee border that will make it convenient for golfers from both states.


The Society of Environmental Journalists’ Awards for Reporting on the Environment honors outstanding environmental coverage in seven categories. Journalism from print, broadcast, online and multimedia are welcome. Categories include investigative reporting, features, reporting on the environment beat, photojournalism and environmental books.

Deadline to enter is April 1.

Stories published or aired from March 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2013, are eligible. Books published in 2012 are eligible. First-place winners receive $500 and a trophy. Winners will be honored on Oct. 3 at SEJ’s 23rd Annual Conference in Chattanooga, TN, Oct. 3 – 7.

Find all the details about the contest here:


Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. (See more about the new Sunshine Week website.)

With an inaugural grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has continued to support the effort, Sunshine Week was launched by the American Society of News Editors in March 2005. This non-partisan, non-profit initiative is celebrated in mid-March each year to coincide with James Madison’s birthday on March 16.

In 2011, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press joined ASNE as a national co-coordinator of Sunshine Week, enabling the organizations to join forces and resources to produce Toolkit materials for participants and keep the website and social media sites engaged.

Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

Participants include news media, government officials at all levels, schools and universities, libraries and archives, individuals, non-profit and civic organizations, historians and anyone with an interest in open government.

Everyone can be a part of Sunshine Week. Our coalition of supporters is broad and deep. And individual participation can make all the difference, as evidenced by our Local Heroes awards.

The only requirement is that you do something to engage in a discussion about the importance of open government. It could be a large public forum or a classroom discussion, an article or series of articles about access to important information, or an editorial.

Visit for more about what you can do to get involved.


Ever wonder how many groups lobby the legislature when it’s in session? Or if some new ones gather in Frankfort? Or stop lobbying?

Well, here are your answers to that, courtesy of the Legislative Ethics Commission:

As the 2013 General Assembly prepares to re-convene, there are 636 businesses and organizations registered to lobby, and they are employing 617 legislative agents (lobbyists).

The following employers registered in late December or early January: Adesa, which operates vehicle auctions; Aleris International, a Cleveland-based aluminum producer with facilities in Lewisport and Morgantown; Alpha Natural Resources, which mines and sells coal; Armor Correctional Health Services, a Florida-based company that provides contract health services in correctional facilities; Associated Builders and Contractors Kentuckiana, representing contractors and suppliers; Big Blue Reporters, a court reporting service; Boone County Education Association, representing teachers in Boone County; and Century Aluminum of Kentucky, lobbying on aluminum smelting issues.

Other recent registrants include: Elite Professional Education, a Florida-based company that offers continuing education courses in several professions; Enhanced Capital Partners, a New York-based investment firm lobbying on the new markets tax credit program; First American Title Co., a financial services company; IVS, LLC, a Louisville-based voting services company that specializes in telephone voting; Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians, representing physicians engaged in the practice of family medicine; Kentucky Consumer Credit Co., affiliated with Ohio-based NCP Finance, which funds cash advances and other short-term loans for payday lenders; Kentucky Defense Counsel, an association of attorneys; Kentucky LECET (Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund), whose website says it helps laborers and contractors get projects and jobs; and Kentucky Marina Association, representing privately-operated marinas and related businesses.

Other registrants are: Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, which promotes philanthropy and strategic grant-making; Kentucky Right to Work Committee, which supports ‘right-to-work’ legislation; Kentucky Tennessee Water Environment Association, an organization of water-related utilities and engineering companies; Mary Byron Project, an organization working to end domestic violence; National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group; Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, the Lexington-area franchisee of a national network; Preferred Care Partners Management Group, a Texas-based company that operates nursing homes; Premier Integrity Solutions, which provides drug testing and alternatives to secure detention; Rogers Group, a Nashville-based operator of crushed stone and asphalt plants; and SelfRefind, lobbying on substance abuse and treatment issues.

Employers No Longer Lobbying

Several businesses and organizations recently terminated registration and will not be lobbying. Those include: American Institute of Professional Education; Atria Senior Living Group; Community Care Development and Management; Community Ventures Corporation; Creative Lodging Solutions; Deputy Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25; Geo Group; Hennessy Industries; Interventional Rehabilitation of Kentucky; Kentucky Coalition for Education Reform; Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association; Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust; Magellan Health Services; Peabody Energy; RYO Machines; and Wipro Infocrossing.


Monday, I have a conference call at 9:30 with the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse and then from 2 to 4, the management company that oversees association health care programs is having a seminar downtown on the Affordable Health Care Act. This will explain how “Obamacare” affects association programs that are offered to our members.

Tuesday, the fun returns with the remaining 26 days of the 2013 General Assembly. They’ll be meeting daily through early March, with only February 18 (Presidents’ Day) as a day off. I’ll be around all next week if you need me, though at the Capitol some, obviously.

As always, call, email, visit or fax if you need anything, have questions, comments, concerns, issues, corrections, clarifications, additions or deletions.

Otherwise, thanx!!


JANUARY – $242,081.81

FEBRUARY – $133,544.17


Monday, February 4, 2013 – 9:30 a.m. – David T. – Conference Call with Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse in Kentucky

2 to 4 p.m. — Meeting with Association Management Group on Affordable Health Care Act; what it means to associations and to members of an associations health insurance plan

February 5 – March 26 2013 – 2013 Kentucky General Assembly Session – Part Two

Monday, February 11, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central – Conference Call with KPA Executive Committee and Dr. Darryl Armstrong on Staff Training in 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013 – 8 a.m. – Small Business Coalition Task Force Legislative Breakfast, Governor’s Mansion

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 8 a.m. – Kentucky Society of Association Executives Legislative Breakfast, Governor’s Mansion

March 10 – 16, 2013 – Sunshine Week

March 13 – 15, 2013 – National Newspaper Association’s “We Believe in Newspapers” Leadership Conference – Crystal City Marriott, Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2013 – 12:30 – 5 p.m. – NNA/Newspaper Industry ‘Day on the Hill’ in D.C., visiting Congressional members

August 6 – 9, 2013 – Newspaper Association Managers Annual Convention, Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 12 – 15, 2013 – 127th Annual National Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, Phoenix, AZ

October 24 – 25, 2013 – Tentative Dates for 2013 KPA Fall Board Retreat

November 3 – 5, 2013 – 2013 Southeast Region Newspaper Association Managers (SERNAM) Fall Conference, Park Vista Hotel, Gatlinburg

January 23 – 24, 2014 – 2014 KPA Winter Convention, Hyatt Regency, Lexington

January 22 – 23, 2015 – 2015 KPA Winter Convention, Marriott East, Louisville

Sometime in 2017 – We’ve been asked to judge the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in 2017. Please hold the year open for further information on when, where and what media format Mississippi papers will be in that year.

Sometime in 2018 – Colorado judging KPA Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Competition


Registration generally is $35 and available at

February 20 – March 22 (Completion time takes three to four hours total) – “Plate Essentials” – A Web Press Certificate Program

$79 per person; Registration deadline is Monday, February 11

Friday, February 22 – 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central – How to Improve Sales Performance by 30% in the next 30 Days

Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 19

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