Would you buy a used car from this group? Probably not but you can trust them with the Kentucky Journalism Foundation/KPA internship program. After 25 years, it’s still the most successful internship program operated by a press association.
Past Presidents shown are, standing, left to right Dave Eldridge (2002), Tom Caudill (1999), Jamie Sizemore (2011), David Hawpe (1990), Rick Welch (2015). Seated are John Mura (2012), John Nelson (2004), Teresa Revlett (2000), Kriss Johnson (2007) and Taylor Hayes (2008).
Ten KPA Past Presidents met during the 2018 KPA Winter Convention to remember the good ol’ days, share stories of their time as President and then got down to the business at hand — selecting the Host Newspapers for the 2018 KPA/Kentucky Journalism Foundation internship program.
The Past Presidents have developed an Excel spreadsheet that takes all of the information about each Host Newspaper applying and the result is a ranking of those applying. It then ranks the newspapers in order and the Past Presidents choose the number of interns and then take the ranking of Host Newspapers to the number of internships being awarded.
With that in place, the Past Presidents selected 20 newspapers for 2018, including LaRue County Herald News, Elizabethtown News Enterprise, Danville Advocate Messenger, Livingston Ledger, Paducah Sun, Carrollton News Democrat, Corbin/Whitley News Journal, Grant County News, Leitchfield Record, Russell Springs Times Journal, Murray Ledger & Times, Shelbyville Sentinel News, Owensboro Messenger Inquirer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Oak Grove Eagle Post, Adair County Community Voice, Frankfort State Journal and Henry County Local.
The last two years the program has been on an eight-week and 10-week basis with the newspaper deciding how long it needed the intern. This year, the program returns to a 10-week schedule without newspapers limited to just an eight-week schedule.