News & Announcements

April 2014

SPJ opposes latest restriction on free speech

April 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is outraged at the federal government’s latest restriction on the free flow of information to the public: prohibiting U.S. intelligence community employees from speaking to journalists without authorization, even about unclassified information.

Two named to Hall of Fame; other journalists honored

April 12, 2014

MANHATTAN — Two professional journalists — a former Harris Enterprises executive and a former newspaper publisher/Wichita State University educator — were inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame Friday night at the annual meeting of the Kansas Press Association here.

It's KPA convention week: see you in Manhattan

April 9, 2014

The 2014 Kansas Press Association annual convention in Manhattan begins Friday. Convention headquarters is the Hilton Garden Inn.

"Livin' It Up in the Little Apple" is the theme of this year's convention, and the sponsors include AAA, ArchiveInABox, Baker University, e-Type Services, Family Features, Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Kansas FarmBureau, Kansas Gas Service, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and the Kansas Newspaper Foundation.

Two Kansans included in '25 under 35' E&P honors

April 7, 2014

Tommy Felts of the Ottawa Herald and Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World are among those being honored this year by Editor & Publisher magazine as recipients of the "25 under 35" awards.

Felts, 31, is managing editor of the Herald. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Long-time Journal-World editor dead at 88

April 5, 2014

Bill Mayer, longtime member of the Journal-World news staff, died Thursday. He was 88.

Mayer, born Billy Francis Mayer on April 11, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan., worked at the newspaper for 60 years, leaving a legacy of printed columns and stories and a legendary history of anecdotes and jokes among his friends and colleagues.

HB 2555 appeared dead but rises again

April 2, 2014

While the Kansas Senate failed to advance House Bill 2555 that would have presumed probable cause affidavits used to support arrest warrants as open records, sending the bill to an early grave, the legislation has risen from the ashes.

Readers will decide print media's future

April 2, 2014

Newspaper executives said in the closing session of the 2014 NAA mediaXchange that the future of print media is out of their hands.

Katharine Weymouth, publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, led three longtime newspapermen in a discussion Tuesday that recapitulated the necessity of a conference focused largely on mobile news, social media and digital subscriptions.

March 2014

Open government: expose the violators

March 24, 2014

By Susannah Nesmith, American Journalism Review

MIAMI, FL — When officials in Cobb County, Ga., wanted to lure the Atlanta Braves out of Atlanta, they devised a plan to commit $300 million in taxpayer funds to a new stadium — while leaving the public out of the loop until details were finalized, even if that meant circumventing the state’s Open Meetings Act.

News organizations bury social media on believability

March 18, 2014

No matter how old they are, people surveyed for a new study by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute were “more than twice as likely to express high levels of trust about what they learn directly from a news organization (43 percent say they trust it mostly or completely) as they are to trust what they discovered through social media.”

HB 2555 leads to spat among Republicans

March 14, 2014

A prominent House member was unable to testify on his own bill Thursday, leading to a heated encounter between him and the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, a fellow Republican.

Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, missed most of the testimony on his bill to open probable cause court records because he was in the House chamber voting on other measures.