News & Announcements

April 2018

KPA past president's daughter dies in hiking accident

April 27, 2018

Services for Sarah Ann Zimmerman, 30, Seattle, are pending. Sarah, who moved to Seattle from Lawrence in 2015 with her partner, Kathryn Presley, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in an accident as Sarah hiked in Wallace Falls State Park, east of Seattle.

She was born Feb. 24, 1988, in Lawrence, the daughter of Alan Zimmerman and Caroline Trowbridge. Trowbridge is a past president of the Kansas Press Association.

Seaton Publishing buys four regional newspapers

April 24, 2018

The Manhattan Mercury’s owner is buying four other regional newspapers.

Seaton Publishing Company of Manhattan has signed a contract to buy the Junction City Daily Union, effective May 1. The 103-year-old company is taking over the Daily Union in a deal that also involves two other four-generation newspaper families.

Writer's Notebook offers discounted columns

April 18, 2018

The Kansas Press Association partnering with “The Writer’s Notebook” to offer columns by popular authors such as Dave Barry, Ann Patchett, Joyce Carol Oates, Dean Koontz and Scott Turow for less than $15 per column to our members.

The series launches with a Father’s Day essay by Barry, one of America’s best-known humor writers. Participating newspapers can use the 24 essays in both print and online formats. Two essays per month will be released from June 2018 through June 2019. Each will run around 800 words and be newly written by a well-known author.

Publishers worry about newsprint tariffs

April 18, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.

The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce from a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state, which argues that its Canadian competitors are taking advantage of government subsidies to sell their product at unfairly low prices. The tariffs, imposed in January and increased in March, are not permanent yet. But newspaper publishers are bracing for another blow to an industry that has shrunk with the loss of advertising revenue to the internet.

Legislature bogged down by education funding issue

April 12, 2018

The latest Kansas legislative session was burdened from the beginning by a state Supreme Court ruling that education funding was both inadequate and unfairly distributed.

So it was no big surprise that other topics took a back seat in the process this session.

“That’s what happens when you try to cram everything into the final week,” said Doug Anstaett, Kansas Press Association executive director. “Bad things happen.”

KPA announces sales incentive program

April 6, 2018

To encourage newspaper advertising sales staffs to sell display and classified ads through the Kansas Display Ad and Kansas Classified Ad networks, the Kansas Press Association is instituting some new incentives.

Now, if a newspaper staff member of a participating Kansas newspaper sells a network ad, the newspaper and KPA split the income equally.

March 2018

KPA joins coalition to fight newsprint tariffs

March 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Kansas Press Association has joined a coalition of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries in the United States to fight proposed countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers.

Dary, Kansas author-journalist, dead at 83

March 20, 2018

David Dary, a respected journalist and prolific author who shepherded the University of Oklahoma journalism program's transition from a school to a degree-granting college, died Thursday. He was 83.

AOE plaques: we'll mail them for cost

March 4, 2018

We have dozens of plaques from the Awards of Excellence contest that weren't picked up at the Kansas Press Association annual convention.

Help us with Editor Salary Survey

March 4, 2018
The Kansas Press Association is now gathering information on the salaries paid to editors in Kansas.