Ricki Pryor selected as chair of News Editorial Division; Chanda Veno to serve as vice-chair

A revitalized KPA News Editorial Division group gathered by Zoom Thursday afternoon, selecting two officers and laying out some ideas for the KPA Winter Convention news sessions.

Chanda Veno

Ricki Pryor

Ricki Pryor, editor the Richmond Register, was selected to chair to group for 2022-23 and Chanda Veno, editor of the Frankfort State Journal, was elected vice-chair.

After former division chair Jeff Moreland resigned that position in November, KPA focused on recruiting some volunteers to help restore the division.

Eleven people responded to the challenge and most participated in Thursday’s Zoom session. Besides Ricki Pryor and Chanda Veno, others involved included:

Charles Myrick, Mountain Advocate, Barbourville;  Bruce Maples, Forward Kentucky; Carolyn Reid, Falmouth Outlook; Wes Swietek, Bowling Green Daily News; Ryan Craig, Kentucky Kernel/Todd County Standard; Lynzie Embry-Jones, Jobe Publishing; Scott Wilson, Adair County Community Voice; Cathie Shaffer, Greenup Gazette; Josh Claywell, LaRue County Herald News. Shaffer, Wilson and Claywell were not able to make the conversation.

The division is working on sessions for the convention including a Data Driven Reporting/Computer Assisted Reporting session that will be conducted by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Open Meetings/Open Records training by the KPA general counsels; Journalism Ethics; and Investigative Reporting. Some of the sessions may be aligned into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association convention programs as well.

Thursday’s meeting was a milestone in a couple of ways. Ricki Pryor and Chanda Veno became the first females to head the division as officers. The News Editorial Division had long been a male-dominated group while the KPA Advertising Division was primarily females. Cathie Shaffer had served as a member of the division previously when she was with the Greenup County News-Times.

Also, two years ago the Board recommended and the membership approved giving Online Newspapers full member benefits including voting privileges on KPA matters. Bruce Maples, publisher of  Forward Kentucky, became the first Online Newspaper represented on a KPA division.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *