Kentucky Today, Forward Kentucky, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues offer plenty of content to replace KPNS
Last week, the Kentucky Press Association Executive Committee suspended the Kentucky Press News Service. Needing to cut expenses to offset the downfall of advertising revenue, the committee had a conference call and suspending KPNS was one of the decisions put into place last Friday.
KPNS began in October 2009 to offer content from other participating newspapers for KPA members to share. It grew to include some 100 newspapers across the state and through its 10 and a half years, more than 66,000 articles were shared and another 7,000 to 8,000 editorials.
It was set up as a free service to members but within the last two years a structure was put in place to offset some of the costs associated with KPNS. That revenue, though, did not come close to offsetting the expense but the KPA Board voted to try to continue operating it.
With KPNS being suspended, that doesn’t mean the end to getting plenty of content, at no cost, for KPA members to use.
KENTUCKY TODAY — recently joined as an online publication member of the association has offered its content free to newspapers for the last two years.
The newly-raised Confederate flag in Marshall County is drawing various forms of opposition from individuals and groups, including the NAACP and a former commissioner.
Want to see how COVID-19 has spread across the state? Here is a neat visualization using two maps three weeks apart. Pretty dramatic.
KENTUCKY HEALTH NEWS/THE RURAL BLOG — Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues offer two separate publications from which KPA members can pull copy. One is Kentucky Health News; the other is The Rural Blog. Here’s an email from Al about the two publications:
Anything on KHN and TRB has always been available for papers to use without charge, with a credit line (tag lines explaining what they are is optional). The weekly email summarizing what KHN had in the previous week goes out on Sunday nights; on occasion I have sent midweek updates, and have done that more frequently in the current situation. I try to finish our daily covid-19 update by 8 p.m. each day, but we start that in the morning and it can be fetched at any time. My State Journal intern has a couple of weeks left, and is working on legislative wrapup stories; when those are published, Steve and/or I will post them to the editors list. I am likely to have another intern in June who will provide coverage of the U.S. Senate race for Kentucky newspapers, as some of my classes have done in the past.