News & Announcements

November 2014

Press subpoenas are a growing problem

November 26, 2014

By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare them into giving up their sources. The troubles of New York Times reporter James Risen, the most well-known of these besieged journalists, remain unresolved almost seven years after the Bush administration first knocked on his door with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury.

SPJ announces 2014 journalism awards competition

November 26, 2014

The Society of Professional Journalists is accepting submissions for its 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize the best in professional journalism.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

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.

KPA's Vietnam project jumps to 144 pictures found

November 21, 2014

Thanks to help from Kansas newspapers and some diligent detective work by Richard Gannon and Emily Bradbury of the Kansas Press Association staff, 65 pictures have been identified and collected of soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

KPA joined a nationwide effort with other state and regional press associations to help collect a photo of every soldier who died in combat during the Vietnam War.

As of Sept. 22, we have collected 65 pictures out of 265 sought. There were 627 Kansans killed in Vietnam.

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.

Independence Reporter sold to Oklahoma natives

October 6, 2014

The Independence Daily Reporter, for the first time since 1940, has new ownership.

Scott Wesner and Scott Wood, high school classmates who both have extensive newspaper experience, purchased the Reporter Publishing Co. in a transaction that was finalized Friday.

September 2014

New publisher's statement includes digital editions

September 3, 2014

Every newspaper with a Periodical Class Permit is required to publish an annual statement of ownership in October detailing the number of copies published and the ownership status of the newspaper.

This year's report is slightly different, so the Kansas Press Association encourages editors and publishers to take a close look at the new form being used this year. It includes a line for online subscribers and includes it in the total distribution figure.

August 2014

Save the date! KPA fall conference Nov. 13 in Hays

August 25, 2014

The Kansas Press Association Fall Conference, previously called the Western Kansas Mini-Convention, is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Hays.

The event will take place at Sternberg Museum, but more details will be available for hotel accommodations and the day's schedule in the next few weeks.