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Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, are subjects of IRJCI documentary to air on KET

 From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner, airing […]

Mississippi publisher to devote time to Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama CNHI newspapers

The Meridian (Mississippi) Star reported this week that its publisher, Bill Atkinson, has departed the newspaper to devote more of his time to sister newspapers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Meridian Star will soon begin the search for his successor. The Star’s news, advertising and circulation departments will continue their normal operations. Editor David Bohrer will serve as The […]

Number 1 in another issue is not where Kentucky wants to be

You’ve heard Gov. Andy Beshear and you’ve seen the reports that Kentucky has more adults applying for unemployment than any other state. That’s not something to brag about. Now comes word from Feeding America that Kentucky is, for the second consecutive year, at the top of the list in states with food insecure adults. Here’s a couple of graphs from […]

If you applied for a PPP loan before April 14, here’s an update from the Small Business Administration

From the National Newspaper Association The Small Business Administration has altered the application opportunities for small businesses structured as partnerships if they completed their loan applications prior to April 14.  As of that date, owners in businesses set up as partnerships were instructed not to submit applications as self-employed individuals but to add their compensation (up to $100,000 annually) to […]

Poetry Unites picks Kentucky because it has been ‘a writerly state’ for generations

You can imagine we get lots and lots of press releases coming through email and normally many of them we can set aside as a “group or individual just wanting some free promotion.” One this week appeared to be much the same but when I asked for some clarification on what the group wanted, the response contained some magic words: […]

‘Wolf in sheep’s clothing’ denied entry into Frankfort church service

From the Frankfort State-Journal: Editor’s note: The 40th paragraph of this article was edited at 7 p.m. on May 14th, after editors’ review of a video recording, to more accurately describe a reporter’s exchange with the pastor. Video review of the exchange revealed that Pastor Philip Derber approached the reporter and pointed to her press pass but did not appear […]

kentucky.com stories now come with ‘Listen to This Article’ option

From Peter Baniak, General Manager/Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader, kentucky.com Listen up! No really. Starting at the end of April, all 30 McClatchy markets, including kentucky.com with the Lexington Herald-Leader, introduced an audio version of every online article. You can listen to the news stories while browsing on your desktop, and if you’re reading from a mobile device, you can even close […]

ForwardKY urging readers to financially support state’s daily, weekly, university newspapers

ForwardKY publisher Bruce Maples has been making articles from ForwardKY available to newspapers, after KPA shut down the Kentucky Press News Service. Bruce isn’t bashful about his support for journalism, especially journalism in Kentucky. In an email to newspapers about some of the story offerings he was making available from his publication, he shared a promotion encouraging his own readers […]

Our Hometown hosting free virtual conference on donations, subscriptions during COVID-19

From Matt Larson, CEO, Our Hometown Our Hometown has scheduled a virtual conference to discuss ‘Donations and Subscriptions’ During the COVID-19Pandemic. The virtual conference will be at 1 p.m. Eastern/12 noon Central on Friday, May 22. There is NO charge for the one-hour conference and any newspaper can register, whether or not it uses Our Hometown. In this virtual conference, […]

News Enterprise ad program helping businesses get back on their feet

As Kentucky began a phased reopening of businesses this week, The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown introduced a Community Pandemic Relief Program to help locally owned businesses get back on their feet. The paper is providing one free print advertisement in the newspaper (an eighth of a page) to every locally owned business as each reopens its storefront — free of any […]


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