News & Announcements

February 2016

Here are the latest legislative stories from KU students

February 12, 2016

LAWRENCE — If you're not using the stories written about the Kansas Legislature by University of Kansas student journalists, you're missing out on some good content.

The KU Statehouse Wire Service is in its second year. It is made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Kansas Newspaper Foundation.

Why political ads on TV stink

February 12, 2016

We are quickly entering the political crazy season (I gave up calling it "silly" because the situation is much too serious for that). For those of us in swing states or counties, we are about to be besieged by an historic level of TV ad spending. And most of that spending will, I suggest, be waste. In fact, political ads on TV taken as a whole will mostly serve to drive up cynicism in our political process and candidates and drive down interest in the outcome of elections.

Black Hole Award seeks violations of public's right to know

February 8, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is now accepting nominations for the Black Hole Award, which will be awarded during national Sunshine Week, March 13-19.

The Black Hole serves as the counterpoint to the Sunshine Award, highlighting a particularly heinous violation of the public’s right to know. By exposing the bad actors, SPJ hopes to educate members of the public to their rights; call attention to those who would interfere with the people’s right to acquire government information; help citizens hold their elected officials accountable; and enhance self-governance.

KPA members, AT&T promote 'It Can Wait'

February 8, 2016

The Kansas Press Association, local Kansas newspapers and AT&T are joining together to conduct an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions.

The contest, which kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 13, is open to middle school and high school students from across Kansas and provides students with the opportunity to win a $500 prize for a column or editorial that best answers the question: “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?”

Help underwrite White video; get matching gift

February 8, 2016

An effort has been initiated  to raise $200,000 to underwrite the costs of a video on the life of Kansas’ most famous journalist, William Allen White, known as the Sage of Emporia.

The project is an effort to commemorate the life and times of Kansas’ most famous journalist in time for the 150th anniversary of White’s birth in 2018.

KU students write legislative stories for KPA

February 8, 2016

LAWRENCE — Journalism students at the University of Kansas have uploaded several stories for use by Kansas Press Association members.

All you have to do to use the content is click on the links below. Please credit the students and the KU Statehouse Wire Service when you use the stories.

January 2016

Potter Conference to focus on new opportunities

January 21, 2016

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding another Potter Conference for community newspapers! At this year’s conference in April attendees will learn how community news organizations — weeklies, small dailies, and their websites — went from overwhelmed to overjoyed as they successfully tackled new opportunities.

December 2015

Hartes lose court fight over botched drug raid

December 21, 2015

— A Leawood couple who were the victims of a failed search of their home for marijuana have lost their legal fight against the law enforcement authorities who conducted the raid.

Robert and Adlynn Harte spent $25,000 to get the records that led to the search, and they subsequently testified in support of legislation that made it easier to get probable cause affidavits in Kansas.

Next KORA-KOMA training slated Jan. 7

December 17, 2015

 The Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will offer a free training session on Kansas open records and open meetings laws in Kansas City, Kan., in early January, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced.

KPA Day at Statehouse: We need YOU!

December 16, 2015

An entire has been set aside in early February for Kansas Press Association members to come to Topeka, visit with legislators and learn about the KPA's legislative agenda for 2016.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 has been reserved for KPA Day at the Statehouse.