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An Open Letter to KPA members, reference 2022 KPA Winter Convention

By David Thompson | January 14, 2022

As of this morning, a grand total of 40 people had registered for the convention or reserved a seat at the awards banquet.    Dear fellow KPA members, It’s that time of year when we all come together to celebrate our industry, to connect with our peers and to catch up on the latest information and trends that affect what […]

Make your room reservations today — as in NOW! — for 2022 KPA Winter Convention

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

You looked outside today, saw the white stuff covering the ground and you immediately thought that it must be time for the 2022 KPA Winter Convention. Appropriately named. The convention is just two weeks away, primarily on Friday, January 21 at the Marriott East in Louisville. This will be KPA’s first in-person convention since 2020, held just weeks before the […]

The good, the bad, the fun, the sad: After some 45 years, Jack Brammer retires from covering state government

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

By Jack Brammer JBRAMMER@HERALD-LEADER.COM Editors Note: Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, retired Dec. 30. He had worked for the newspaper since May 1978. My mamaw, Bessie Price, often told me as a kid growing up in Mason County about once visiting a relative who had worked […]

Legislature gavels in 2022 Kentucky General Assembly

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

The 60-day legislative session got underway Tuesday, January 4 and has been going full speed throughout the week. Despite the governor shutting down state government for Friday because of the snow storm that hit the Bluegrass late Thursday, the General Assembly kept with its schedule and held its fourth day. It’s also scheduled to meet on Saturday, January 8, but […]

Special Election underway in District 6

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

KPA is approaching the deadline for nominations for its District 6 Board member. The special election was required when Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era and Henry County Local, was elected 2022 KPA Vice President. A letter and nomination form were mailed to the publisher of each District 6 newspaper. The district includes all full members in Bullitt, […]

An ‘old hat’ returns to the news biz

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

By Phyllis Codling McLaughlin New year, new job. This week I officially took over as editor of the Oldham Era, and I’m very excited about it. More so than I expected, honestly. Journalism, especially community news, has been my thing since college. It’s hard work, but it’s also a profession that can give you access to so many things “normal” […]

Into the Issues: AP lets non-member weeklies republish its investigative story about 2020 election fraud

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues  Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly held — to debunk the falsehoods believed by millions. The truth has prevailed among most Americans, but not among most Republicans, and that’s a real […]

As the New Year begins, take inventory, prepare calendar

By David Thompson | January 07, 2022

By Jim Pumarlo, Newsroom Trainer Jim Pumarlo is former editor of the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. He writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on […]

Visitation Thursday, services Friday for Betty Berryman; numerous personnel changes made as 2021 draws to a close

By David Thompson | December 29, 2021

We continue mourning the death of 1986 KPA President Betty Berryman who passed away Christmas morning in Winchester. She was well-respected within the industry and in her Winchester community where she had served as general manager and then publisher of the Winchester Sun. Betty was the first female to serve as president of KPA and certainly one of the earliest […]

Here’s wishing a Happy and Prosperous New Year for you and your newspaper

By David Thompson | December 29, 2021

Your KPA Central Office will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021 and Monday, January 3, 2022. We’ll be back in operation on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, as we welcome the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly for its 60-day session.