KPA Board retreats virtually, changes 2021 convention to mostly virtual

KPA Board votes to hold 2021 Winter Convention virtually

The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors normally holds a “retreat” each Fall, working through detailed information about KPA and its sister Kentucky Press Service over a half-day on Thursday and a half-day on Friday. The 2020 KPA Fall Board Retreat will go down as an anomaly to that, just like about everything else we’re facing during this year.

While the Executive Committee did meet in-person earlier on Thursday, in Glasgow, the full Board joined in by Zoom Thursday afternoon. The agenda included an update on KPA’s and KPS’ finances through September, an update on the election-related advertising placed by KPS that totaled $1.137 million since June, and then the discussion on the Winter Convention. It was originally scheduled for January 21-22, 2021, at the Marriott East in Louisville. Expecting the action confirmed by the Board, the Marriott has extended KPA an invitation to have its 2022 convention at the hotel. Those dates would be January 20-21.

Meanwhile, KPA will start planning the process, the program and the particulars about the scheduled January convention. It’s possible the virtual convention could be rescheduled for February and instead of one or two days, could cover a longer time frame. It depends on the programming and finding presenters for various topics.

The Board members also discussed having its own in-person meeting to set the course for 2021 and to experience the Changing of the Guard when 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe will turn the gavel over to 2021 President Sharon Burton. The Board has not met in person since January 2020.

And the Board also discussed formats for the contests presentations that could be a video and encourage newspapers to host “Watch Parties” as the awards are announced.

More information about the convention format, the dates, the contests presentations and other particulars are being developed and will be announced in the near future.

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