We all need some reminders of things on the horizon — contests, Census data training, remembering David Hawpe

It never hurts to remind our members of things coming up so schedules can be confirmed

KPA Contests

The deadline to enter is Friday, October 15 but before that you have to register to get access to the contest materials.

As of this morning, the following had registered: Greenup Gazette  • Springfield Sun • Lebanon Enterprise • Elizabethtown News Enterprise • LaRue County Herald News • Ohio County Times-News • Greater Ashland Beacon • Swift Creek Courier • Central Kentucky News Journal • The Bridge/Somerset Community Technical College • Manchester Enterprise • Central City Leader News • Bowling Green Daily News • Berea Citizen • Corbin News Journal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Remember you have to register before you can enter.

Here’s access to the registration materials and a little more information:

Go to  www.newspapercontest.com/kentucky

When you do access www.newspapercontest.com/kentucky, first, READ the basic instructions and please read closely the very first line. It gives you the “Association Code” that you must enter when registering.

Second, you must register. Even if you’ve done so in previous years, you have to register for this contest. Again, read the FIRST LINE in number 1 for the “Association Code.” You will need that in registering.

Then go to the Contest Rules. You’ll need that to see what the divisions are for Weekly, Daily, Multi-Weekly and Student Publications. Your division is pre-assigned based on frequency and for Weekly and Daily Newspapers, your last circulation report. If you feel your newspaper is assigned to the wrong division, email me immediately to determine if there is a mistake in pre-assignment.

Everything else you must know about the 2021 KPA Advertising and News contests:

The Ad Contest and the circulation divisions went under major changes for the 2021 contests. The KPA Ad Division cut the number of categories from 25 to 21, and did so by combining four categories into two. The Ad Division officers also deleted the Best Furniture Ad category and Best Political Advertising category. The latter was deleted because there are no political races in Kentucky this year.

The biggest change in the circulation divisions was combining three Daily Divisions into two. Since a number of dailies switched to multi-weekly status during the pandemic, KPA is left with only 12 daily newspapers. So daily newspapers will compete in only two divisions in 2021 — Daily 1, up to 10,000 circulation and Daily 2, circulation of 10,001 and above.

Adjustments were also made in the three Weekly divisions. For 2021, Weekly 1 will be for circulation up to 2,100; Weekly 2 will be for circulation of 2,101 to 3,400; Weekly 3 will be for circulation of 3,401 and above.

The deadline to enter either or both contests will be Friday, October 15. The contest period covers all issues published between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021.

Making ‘Sense’ of the Census data training

Thursday, September 16, 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central

There are so many potential stories about your community that can come from the Decennial census but the problem often is knowing how to access the information, what it means and the best way to relay the numbers to your readers.

The U.S. Census Bureau has reached out to KPA about conducting a one-hour virtual seminar on all kinds of information you can glean from the census data. Because of the number of weekly newspapers in the state and since most of them are tied up Monday through Wednesday, we suggested the virtual seminar be scheduled for a Thursday and the Census has obliged, scheduling the session for Thursday, September 16, 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central.

It’ll be worth your time to designate someone from the staff to participate so that you can access “hyper-local information” and then start developing stories to share the latest figures about your region, your city/cities, and your county.

Here’s the information you’ll need to see how the session can benefit your reporting:

Join the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Dissemination Specialist Tim Sarko and Media Specialist Susan Licate for a 60-minute informative session designed especially for journalists.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @2:30pm ET/1:30pm CT. 

Journalists use Census Bureau data for a wide range of applications—from accessing a single statistic in data.census.gov to complex analyses of data for thousands of geographic areas.

Many of the best news articles based on Census Bureau data are written without the restriction of a deadline, by searching through tables on the U.S. Census Bureau’s web site to find the hidden stories in the data.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Where to access 2020 Decennial Census data
  • How to use American Community Survey (ACS) Data
  • How to access and use Data.census.gov
  • Where and when survey data are released
  • Procedures for securing SME and interviews
  • Census Bureau Embargo policy
  • Where to find pitches, tip sheets, and news releases
  • How to cite US Census Bureau data

UK to host David Hawpe symposium on September 17

UK to host ‘Remembering David Hawpe: A Symposium’ September 17


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