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If you aren’t listed below, you haven’t registered for either KPA contest. Time is running out!

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

Elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought is an article on the KPA contests deadline being extended until noon on Monday, October 18. Don’t know if your newspaper is registered or not? Then check the list below. Those are the KPA member newspapers who have registered to participate. It doesn’t mean the newspaper has submitted entries, just that the newspaper […]

Nominations sought for 2021 James Madison Award by November 5

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is accepting nominations for its James Madison Award, which honors a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media, is accepting nominations to recognize those whose contributions protect or expand First Amendment freedoms. The nominator must submit a letter identifying […]

Canedy, Creason, Preston inducted into UK Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

Twenty-seven University of Kentucky alumni were inducted recently into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Included in the group were three Journalism graduates — Dana Canedy, Joe Creason and Tommy Preston. The Hall pays tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater through their contribution to the welfare of the commonwealth and nation in arts, […]

UK professor gets exclusive interview with Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

By Buck Ryan, University of Kentucky Journalism Professor When news broke on Friday morning, Oct. 8, that a Russian newspaper editor was sharing in the Nobel Peace Prize, a UK journalism professor sent a Facebook Messenger note to a colleague in Russia: “Do you know Mr. Muratov?” Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta (New Newspaper), based in Moscow, is sharing in […]

Nearly 70 years earlier, issues newspapers had with public agencies were the same as today

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

Doing some straightening around the office, the Oldham Era’s Jane Ashley Pace found some interesting artifacts Jane Ashley Pace, publisher of the Oldham Era in LaGrange, was doing some straightening around the office earlier this week when she ran across an August 5, 1952, letter from Vic Portmann who was secretary/manager of the Kentucky Press Association at the time. Among […]

Let’s steer some of that pandemic relief money into sample copying; also, lead by example

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community newspapers have a role to play in that, especially in rural America, where vaccination rates are lower than the rest of the nation, sometimes dangerously […]

KET Tribute to Al Smith to air Friday, November 12

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

On must-see-TV Friday nights, Al Smith brought KET’s public affairs programming to households across the commonwealth as the host of Comment on Kentucky.   For 33 years—the longest tenure of any host on public television—Al held court to inform, amuse, challenge and speak the truth about Kentucky’s public life. On November 10, KET will honor Al’s remarkable life and accomplishments with […]

It’s Free Speech Week – October 18 – 24

By David Thompson | October 15, 2021

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech and of the press are rights all Americans share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration. News Media Alliance is a […]

Heading down the stretch to 2021 contests deadline! Friday, October 15 is the finish line

By David Thompson | October 08, 2021

With Keeneland opening this weekend, it’s appropriate to say the 2021 KPA News and Advertising contests are heading into the home stretch. The deadline to register AND to submit entries for the contests is next Friday, October 15. At that time, the registration/entry system will go dark and entries will be prepared for the Washington (State) Newspaper Publishers Association to […]

Al Smith Awards dinner set for Oct. 28 in Lexington; Chuck Todd to be keynote speaker

By David Thompson | October 08, 2021

Awards for 2020 and 2021 to be presented NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will keynote the Al Smith Awards Dinner, held annually to honor outstanding rural journalism, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, Thursday, Oct. 28. The dinner was not held last year due to the pandemic, so this year’s  will honor two years’ worth of winners […]