Time is short on helping KPA with special project involving Kentucky newspapers

Deadline this weekend to supply examples of coverage, special projects during pandemic

KPA is working on a special project that involves your newspaper. For the last eight months, I don’t have to tell you what the pandemic has done to newspapers, businesses, communities, schools and the general population. It’s a situation none of us have been through before yet newspapers have stayed strong, stayed resilient and we want to feature those efforts.

This idea of KPA President Jeff Jobe will focus on what newspapers have done through the last three quarters of 2020. It’s taken a tremendous commitment from our newspapers and we want to tell all of Kentucky about what newspapers have done. This is also a way for us to reach out to the legislature as it prepares for its 2021 legislative session to show newspapers are so vital to the communities in which they serve.

Al Cross is putting together a story on Kentucky newspapers during the pandemic and what they have done for their communities. When his story is finished and perhaps with some sidebars, it will all be shared with our newspapers to publish. We’d hope to have the story reach across the state so the public understands what we’ve been doing that they might not have recognized or considered.

While we’d like to have some front or editorial pages to include in the effort, we need some of the public service examples from you since March when the first COVID-19 case hit Kentucky. If you have done a special section or special edition, such as the one receiving widespread acclaim that the Cynthiana Democrat did in March, please let Al know about those efforts. It’s not important that he has copies of those sections/editions but if he does want a copy, he will let you know.

Please email Al with information about what your newspaper has done during the pandemic.

You can send your material to Al at  acros3@email.uky.edu

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