News & Announcements

December 2014

KNF to help fund statehouse coverage

December 18, 2014

LAWRENCE -- Every member of the Kansas Press Association will have access to coverage of the Kansas Legislature during the upcoming session.

Last year, University of Kansas journalism students supplied nearly 100 stories to the KU Statehouse Wire Service. The wire service then distributed the stories to about 20 media outlets throughout the state.

2015 Item Request

December 15, 2014

The 2015 Item Request sheet was inadvertently left out of the dues packets. You may download it here.

We apologize for the error.

It's time to upload your Award of Excellence entries

December 11, 2014

It's time for Kansas Press Association members to begin preparing entries for the Awards of Excellence Contest for calendar year 2014.

Newspapers fight to open appointee list, marriage applications

December 11, 2014

Newspapers in Kansas are fighting to obtain records on county commission candidates and on marriage license applications.

KPA's Vietnam project jumps to 157 pictures found

December 11, 2014

The Kansas Press Association is winding down the active phase of its project to retrieve the pictures of Kansans killed in Vietnam for a "Wall of Faces" display at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senate approves FOIA reform bill

December 11, 2014

This past weekend, transparency advocates and Freedom of Information Act bill supporters finally convinced Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to drop his objections, and the Senate passed the reform bill.

November 2014

Merriam receives "Above and Beyond" Award

November 21, 2014

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government has named Topeka media law attorney Michael L. Merriam as recipient of the Coalition’s “Above and Beyond Award” for Merriam’s career-long contributions to promoting and defending open government.

The award will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the auditorium on the first floor of the Statehouse.

Journal is pair's second Kansas newspaper buy

November 14, 2014

Scott Wesner and Scott Wood have teamed up once again to buy a Kansas newspaper, this time the Coffeyville Journal.

Last month, they bought the Independence Daily Reporter, following the death of longtime editor and publisher Herbert A. “Hub” Meyer III. Stephen McBride has been named publisher.

Jorgensons buy Clyde Republican

November 14, 2014

Matthew and Crystal Jorgenson are the new owners of the Clyde Republican. They purchased the newspaper from Margene Cash.

October 2014

Trend changing on candidate endorsements

October 17, 2014

DETROIT, MI — The newspaper endorsement: It’s a hardy trademark of election season, a platform for editorial boards to dispense their wisdom, even a source of information for data journalists.

But the traditional endorsement is increasingly being tinkered with—or dropped altogether. Dozens of newspapers have stopped making endorsements over the last two election cycles, often citing doubts about their impact and fears that, in a polarized era, endorsements put the credibility of the paper’s political coverage at risk.