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Irby-Jones named ‘top editor’ at Courier-Journal

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

Mary Irby-Jones, a veteran journalist who stresses community outreach, was named the top editor of The Courier Journal on Tuesday. She said it will be an “honor” to become executive editor of the news organization, which has earned 11 Pulitzer Prizes, including one for breaking news in 2020. “The Courier Journal has a long, well-deserved reputation of producing compelling and […]

Finding sources for a story isn’t a problem but getting them to talk could be an obstacle

By David Thompson | February 26, 2021

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Melba Newsome, an independent journalist from North Carolina, is tackling that project during her fellowship. She said one of the biggest surprises she’s found in her project wasn’t in finding the sources, but in getting them to agree to be interviewed for stories. She learned that source participation can be a challenge. Particularly because these three […]

Berkshire, Cox, Parks honored as 2020 Journalists of the Year; first in KPA’s 152 years so honored

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

                  Congratulations are in order for: • Erin Cox, editor, The Corbin Times Tribune • Natalie Parks, The Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky • Forrest Berkshire, editor, The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown Erin, Natalie and Forrest are the first Journalists of the Year named by KPA in its 2020 KPA News Contest. The […]

Veno, Parks, Craig honored with Jon Fleischaker FOI Award presented by The Associated Press

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

                  Chanda Veno, editor of the State Journal, Frankfort; Natalie Parks, a member of the Kentucky Kernel staff at the University of Kentucky; and Ryan Craig, publisher/editor of the Todd County Standard in Elkton, have been named winners of the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award, presented by the Associated Press. This […]

In a time of trial, especially for them, Kentucky newspapers come through for their readers

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

This report has been made available twice to all Kentucky newspapers in word format and with artwork. A project idea from 2020 KPA President Jeff Jobe, the Executive Committee is asking all Kentucky newspapers to publish this report. By Al Cross Director and professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky In December, as the first coronavirus […]

KPA News Contest video available on YouTube

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

This link will start the 2020 News Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 45 minutes in length.      

KPA Ad Contest video available on YouTube

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

This link will start the 2020 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers presentation. It’s about 20 minutes in length.  

Henderson named editor of the Oldham Era

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

Oldham Era publisher Jane Ashley Pace has named Andrew Henderson as the newspaper’s new editor. The announcement was made this week in a column by Andrew. “Originally from the hills of Eastern Kentucky,” Andrew started his journalism career at Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, the College Heights Herald. He joined the staff of the Herald during his first semester, fall […]

Into the Issues: Be a leader, and stand up for the truth

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

By Al Cross Al Cross edited and managed rural newspapers before covering politics for the Louisville Courier Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the extension professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and director of its Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which publishes The Rural Blog at http://irjci.blogspot.com. President Biden […]

Student Press Freedom Day 2021 is just around the corner (Feb. 26th)!

By David Thompson | February 19, 2021

From the Student Law Press Center Join a Screening of the Documentary Raise Your Voice For three days, from February 25-27, production company GoodDocs and Maribeth Romslo, the documentary filmmaker behind Raise Your Voice, will be generously making her film available for streaming by the student press community, in honor of Student Press Freedom Day. The film follows the student […]