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January 15 (today) is deadline for Journalism Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted until January 15, 2021. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have made a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant. Kentucky natives or journalists who were raised […]

From the Rural Blog: We can’t let lies, mistrust and bad faith fester; we must speak the truth, stand up for it and have respectful dialogue

  The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week was driven by a mistaken belief, generated by President Trump and his allies, that the election was stolen from him. Millions of the president’s supporters believe this lie, so it is damaging our republic by undermining faith in our elections, courts and other governmental processes. Journalism goes hand in glove with democracy, so what […]

Large crowd gathered for June 8, 1923, KPA Convention in Bowling Green

Patti Cross attended an auction in the pre-pandemic days and came away with a photo of the Kentucky Press Association convention in 1923. The photo is dated June 4, and shows a large crowd of KPA members gathered at what was then called Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. Of course, that’s the modern day Western Kentucky University. […]

With threats of violence, NNA urges journalists to use extreme caution

Law enforcement and intelligence authorities are issuing cautions for public safety during the week ahead as the nation may experience civil unrest, noting that journalists should take extra care. Among steps to take: Do not meet in person with sources you do not know. Be mindful of your surroundings.  Some sources say Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) may be used by […]

Enterprise’s Emily Sargent elected secretary of Harlan Chamber of Commerce

We don’t know that any records exist to dispute this but it’s possible at age 20, Emily Sargent is the youngest, but certainly one of the youngest, people to serve as a member of a local chamber’s Executive Committee. Emily, who says her job is “news reporter” but like newspaper folks everywhere the title doesn’t begin to cover everything she […]

Top Shelf Lobby’s Week in Review – 2021 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly

Friday, January 15, 2021 The 2021 General Assembly got off to a quick and active start last week, as the House and Senate both convened their chambers and members began introducing legislation. This being the second legislative session during the pandemic, visitors are not allowed in the Capitol or Annex, and legislators are wearing face masks and doing their best […]

Newspapers challenge removal of rate cap established by Congress

Postal Regulatory Commission Order Could Lead to Postage Increases of 45 Percent Over Five Years, Representing Existential Threat to Newspapers By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance Arlington, VA – Tuesday the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association – representing thousands of local newspapers across the United States – have joined a legal challenge of an order by the Postal […]

Toolkit provides media with best messaging practices on COVID-19 vaccine education

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) announced Thursday the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with information and resources to create news reports, public service announcements and other messages related to […]

Obituary: John O’Neal Jones, former editor of the Fulton Leader and Hickman Courier

Past President of the West Kentucky Press Association John O’Neal Jones, age 64, of Hendersonville, TN and formerly of South Fulton, TN died peacefully at home on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on October 31, 1956 in Fulton, KY. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Karen Taylor Jones, their two children, Melissa Neal Jones of Denver, […]

US Department of Labor clarifies independent contractor rules

(Editor’s Note: In the 2014 General Assembly, KPA had the state law changed to show that newspaper carriers are no longer employees of a newspaper and are considered independent contractors for purposes of unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. The action does not affect Kentucky’s law.) The Trump Administration Labor Department in its final days has issued new regulations for determining […]

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