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Dennis Brown elected Vice President of KPA/KPS for 2023; Brantley begins term on KPA Board

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

Dennis Brown, publisher of the Lewis County Herald in Vanceburg who has served the last three years as treasurer of KPA, has been elected Vice President of the association for 2023. He will take office at the 2023 KPA Winter Convention. Dennis and Charles Myrick, general manager of the Mountain Advocate in Barbourville, were recommended by the KPA Board to […]

Online KPA Directory is active but cannot be complete until all papers submit their information

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

COVID played havoc with normalcy. And there’s still a residual effecct One of the hardest parts of keeping up was information about our member newspapers. Frequency changes galore. Personnel changes were almost weekly. Newspapers downsized staff and that led to finding new office locations. Printing press operations decreased, allowing for some papers to get smaller offices. (Since 1993, Kentucky printing […]

Forward Kentucky offers Kentucky General Assembly update newsletter to KPA members

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

From Bruce Maples, Forward Kentucky Editors and publishers, As a perk for our paying members, we publish a daily KYGA (Kentucky General Assembly) Update newsletter during sessions of the General Assembly. The morning newsletter, usually Tues-Sat, recaps all that happened the day before in Frankfort: Bills that passed in each chamber Bills that had their second reading in each chamber […]

Kentucky Lantern has launched as statewide news outlet with veteran reporting staff

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

From Jamie Lucke, editor-in-chief, jlucke@kentuckylantern.com The Kentucky Lantern, an independent, non-profit news service, launched Nov. 30, bringing Kentuckians a new source of nonpartisan information about policy and politics. The Lantern is part of the nonpr-ofit States Newsroom, a network of free digital news operations in more than 30 states working to fill gaps in state government coverage caused by newspaper […]

12 chosen to serve as Host Newspapers for 2023 KPA summer internship program

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

The Kentucky Press Association Past Presidents have voted to award 12 Host Newspaper spots for the 2023 KPA Internship Program. That project is funded through the Kentucky Journalism Foundation with the KPA Past Presidents operating as its board. KPA initiated the internship program in 1993 but suspended it in 2021 because of COVID. In 2022, seven Host Newspaper positions were […]

Court rules U of L can’t withhold records; ordered to pay fees to Courier Journal

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

School’s attorney is listed on Board of Directors for Open Government Coalition By Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal A Jefferson Circuit Court judge on November 17 rejected a bid by the University of Louisville to vacate or amend an order finding it willfully violated the Kentucky Open Records Act when it denied a Courier Journal request for copies of interviews included […]

Paxton Media purchases 6 North Carolina newspapers

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

Three eastern North Carolina newspapers came under new ownership Dec. 1 after being acquired by the Paxton Media Company. The New Bern Sun Journal, Jacksonville Daily News and Kinston Free Press, which are currently owned by Gannett, have been acquired by the family-owned media group. Also included in the sale are the Times-News of Burlington, The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro and […]

House GOP announces committee chairs, co-chairs for upcoming ’23 session

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

Frankfort, Kentucky (November 30, 2022) – As members of the Kentucky House of Representatives prepare to convene the 2023 Regular Session on January 3, today House Speaker David Osborne and members of House Majority Leadership released an updated list of committee chairs and co-chairs. “This is a tremendously talented group of individuals who are well-prepared to take the lead on […]

MIT initiative seeking reporters affiliated with local/regional newsrooms for Journalism Fellowship

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

From Laur Hesse Fisher, Program Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative has opened its 2023 Journalism Fellowship that supports freelance or staff journalists associated with U.S. newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that connects local perspectives, values and priorities with climate change science and solutions. The four-month paid non-resident fellowship provides an opportunity for newsrooms […]

Contrary to concerns, news organizations are still seeing a rise in subscriptions

By David Thompson | December 02, 2022

By: Susan Chandler, Medill Local News Initiative This article was originally published on Northwestern University’s Medill Local News Initiative website .   One ray of good news during the COVID-19 pandemic: More U.S. consumers read and subscribed to local news publications. But industry experts feared that rising tide might ebb in 2022 as people headed back to work and inflation began to crimp […]