On Second Thought

Can I get a HALLELUJAH! Kentucky is right at the top of one ranking and it involves journalists; Louisville is one of the 5 best cities for journalists

A new study released this week found Kentucky is the No. 2 best state for journalists to live and work. Despite being the only industry outside of government mentioned in the Bill of Rights, the free press has been under fire in recent years including loss of jobs, decreasing print circulation and increasing anti-media sentiment. SafeHome.org has released a study on The Best Places for […]

Drawing your attention to Hunger Action Month: you know where your next meal is coming from but chances are a neighbor is ‘food insecure’

Feeding Kentucky has prepared a special media packet just for KPA members about Hunger Action Month. That packet is attached and please take the time to go through it. The figures about Overall Hunger, Child Hunger and Older Adult/Senior Adult hunger are alarming. Tonight, you and I will go home and know where our next meal is coming from. That […]

KPA Facebook Page sets a one-week record; thanks Mark Hoskins/Manchester and thanks to Mt. Sterling Advocate intern

21,401. People Reached. That’s the mark for the past week for KPA’s Facebook Page. Now we’ve had at least two postings in the last couple of years that had something like 12,000 People Reached. But those didn’t get a lot of support from other weekly postings that pushed the number higher. Four items from last week’s On Second Thought that […]

ShoutOuts to Charles Myrick, Kelly McKinney, Amanda Richards, Martha Thomas

Myrick promoted to managing editor of the Mountain Advocate A ShoutOut to Charles Myrick who has been promoted to managing editor of the Mountain Advocate in Barbourville. Charles has been digital products manager of The Nolan Group, publisher of the Mountain Advocate, with 15-plus years in the industry. Charles is a native of Barbourville and after working in the Information […]

Special Election underway in District 1 as Barbara Atwill resigns from the board; thanks Barbara for your commitment

District 1 KPA Board member Barbara Atwill has resigned from the Board while remaining with The Current in Fulton County. I express appreciation to Barbara for her commitment while she’s been on the Board. She has the longest distance to travel to Board meetings and conventions, coming from the far edge of Kentucky where the state touches the Tennessee border […]

Small papers matter! She didn’t get an internship with a large daily and now that’s just fine

By Olivia Mohr, Western Kentucky University, Jessamine Journal I confess I applied for internships at large daily newspapers in Kentucky before I applied for an internship through the KPA and accepted a position offered to me in the county where I’ve grown up since the second grade. And I was disappointed I didn’t get them. I have to do an […]

Falmouth Outlook’s intern, enamored with the media since at least the second grade, got to spend 10 weeks being a part of it

By Kenton Hornback, Western Kentucky University, Falmouth Outlook High school seniors at Pendleton County are encouraged to participate in a mock interview with community employers in whatever field they feel so inclined to pursue after graduation. Back in the olden days of 2015, I was a semi-bright-eyed high school senior. I had always wanted to pursue a job within the […]

Intern produces a video, took pictures of Loretta Lynn’s old home, did a story on endangered bats at Carter Caves, covered local governments

From the Ashland Daily Independent Julianna Leach, Morehead State University, Ashland Daily Independent Julianna Leach has a bright future ahead in journalism. The 21-year-old Ewing, Ky., native just completed a highly successful paid journalism internship at The Daily Independent offered through the Kentucky Press Association. The internship for the student at Morehead State University allowed Leach to cover stories all […]

Stories from a Purple Heart recipient to a Guinness World Record highlight intern’s introduction into ‘fast paced digital news’

By Hannah Vanover, Western Kentucky University, Beechtree News Being an intern at Beech Tree News has been a valuable experience and one that has taught me a lot. My previous experiences have included being a photographer at my college’s student publication and doing freelance work (mainly photo) for the local print publication in my hometown. However, for my internship I […]

U.S. Court of Appeals denies motions to rehear or delay strong pro-ethics decision; Schaaf retiring

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission (Editor’s Note: John Schaaf, who got his start as a newspaper reporter, has announced his retirement as executive director of the KLEC. I appreciate John allowing me to share his monthly ‘Ethics News’ with KPA members the past several years. He’ll retire August 31 and promises one more column before that […]


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