News & Announcements

May 2018

STOPP effort on tariffs intensifies on Capitol Hill

May 24, 2018
It appears there are skeptics in the nation's capital about whether newspapers are actually being hurt by the new tariffs on newsprint and other uncoated groundwood paper products.

Kansas Sen. Moran wants newsprint tariff gone

May 18, 2018

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has joined a number of other senators supporting legislation that would protect publishers and printers from harmful tariffs.

The bipartisan group of 10 senators has introduced S. 2385, the “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” or the “PRINT Act.”

KPA ponders sale of building

May 18, 2018

By Andy Taylor, KPA president

The Kansas Press Association headquarters in Topeka may be in a state of change.

The KPA executive board recently agreed with a recommendation from KPA executive director Doug Anstaett and incoming executive director Emily Bradbury to put the office building at 5423 S.W. 7th St. on the local real estate block.

Some sunshine peaks through the clouds

May 2, 2018

By Sherman Smith, Topeka Capital-J0urnal

As the prospect of inclement weather swirled among clouds gathering Tuesday outside the Statehouse, senators hailed the beams of light they were casting toward shadows in state government.

ESU, WSU student newspapers recognized

May 1, 2018
The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government presented its 2018 “Above and Beyond” awards to two state university student newspapers in presentations Friday in Wichita and Emporia.
Recipients were Wichita State University’s Sunflower newspaper, and Emporia State University’s student newspaper, the Bulletin.

April 2018

KPA past president's daughter dies in hiking accident

April 27, 2018

Services for Sarah Ann Zimmerman, 30, Seattle, are pending. Sarah, who moved to Seattle from Lawrence in 2015 with her partner, Kathryn Presley, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in an accident as Sarah hiked in Wallace Falls State Park, east of Seattle.

She was born Feb. 24, 1988, in Lawrence, the daughter of Alan Zimmerman and Caroline Trowbridge. Trowbridge is a past president of the Kansas Press Association.

Seaton Publishing buys four regional newspapers

April 24, 2018

The Manhattan Mercury’s owner is buying four other regional newspapers.

Seaton Publishing Company of Manhattan has signed a contract to buy the Junction City Daily Union, effective May 1. The 103-year-old company is taking over the Daily Union in a deal that also involves two other four-generation newspaper families.

Writer's Notebook offers discounted columns

April 18, 2018

The Kansas Press Association partnering with “The Writer’s Notebook” to offer columns by popular authors such as Dave Barry, Ann Patchett, Joyce Carol Oates, Dean Koontz and Scott Turow for less than $15 per column to our members.

The series launches with a Father’s Day essay by Barry, one of America’s best-known humor writers. Participating newspapers can use the 24 essays in both print and online formats. Two essays per month will be released from June 2018 through June 2019. Each will run around 800 words and be newly written by a well-known author.

Publishers worry about newsprint tariffs

April 18, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.

The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce from a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state, which argues that its Canadian competitors are taking advantage of government subsidies to sell their product at unfairly low prices. The tariffs, imposed in January and increased in March, are not permanent yet. But newspaper publishers are bracing for another blow to an industry that has shrunk with the loss of advertising revenue to the internet.

Legislature bogged down by education funding issue

April 12, 2018

The latest Kansas legislative session was burdened from the beginning by a state Supreme Court ruling that education funding was both inadequate and unfairly distributed.

So it was no big surprise that other topics took a back seat in the process this session.

“That’s what happens when you try to cram everything into the final week,” said Doug Anstaett, Kansas Press Association executive director. “Bad things happen.”