News & Announcements

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.

KPA Fall Conference set in Hays Nov. 13

October 16, 2014

Reporting the news has become more complicated  in the past 10 years with the advent of new formats, including digital.

So at this year’s Kansas Press Association Fall Conference on Nov.  13 in Hays, general session speaker Olaf Frandsen of the Salina Journal will try to help provide guidance to KPA members on how to deal with the new realities.

Government attempts to punish, possibly jail, reporter James Risen

October 13, 2014

Ever since New York Times reporter James Risen received his first subpoena from the Justice Department more than six years ago, occasional news reports have skimmed the surface of a complex story. The usual gloss depicts a conflict between top officials who want to protect classified information and a journalist who wants to protect confidential sources. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Sterling—a former undercover CIA officer now facing charges under the Espionage Act, whom the feds want Risen to identify as his source—is cast as a disgruntled ex-employee in trouble for allegedly spilling the classified beans.

Don't forget those political ad disclaimers

October 8, 2014

Every election year, we have political candidates who donʼt understand the requirement that all political advertising advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or issue must include a disclaimer in the advertising.

Donʼt let a candidate or person trying to influence a race or issue try to convince you that they donʼt need to include this information. It is a requirement.

KPA's Vietnam project jumps to 105 pictures found

October 8, 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.

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.

Newspapers: still here and still making money

August 19, 2014

The sky is always falling and newspapers are always dying.

For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at, the Guardian US, and now, the Newspaper Association of America, I have been asked frequently about the state of the industry as people search for the worst.

Judge unseals some records, but leaves affidavits closed in Parsons

August 14, 2014

PARSONS — A Labette County district judge Wednesday unsealed documents in a Parsons quadruple murder case, and revealed for the first time that 26 search warrants had been issued in its investigation.

District Judge Robert Fleming ordered the disclosure of most of the pleadings in a capital murder case against David Cornell Bennett Jr., Cherryvale, who is charged in the November 2013 murders of a Parsons woman and her three children, ages 9, 6, and 4. The cause of their deaths, however, has not been released more than eight months after the victim’s bodies were found in their Parsons residence.