News & Announcements

December 2016

NJ Press Association staves off public notice attack

December 21, 2016

It isn’t unusual for politicians seeking revenge for negative press coverage to retaliate by sponsoring legislation that would eliminate public notice advertising in newspapers. It is unprecedented, however, for the press to openly acknowledge the lawmaker’s intentions and to dub the legislation a “newspaper revenge bill.”

NMA applauds cross-ownership legislation

December 9, 2016

Bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced legislation Thursday to repeal the 41-year-old rule preventing cross ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market.

News Media Alliance outlines agenda for Trump

December 1, 2016

The News Media Alliance this week sent a white paper to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team outlining policy positions on regulations and existing laws that deter investment and limit growth in the news media industry.

The Alliance continues to lead the news sector’s efforts to protect the constitutional right to a free press. That objective also requires government policies that support a vibrant and growing news industry.

November 2016

New overtime rule blocked by federal judge

November 23, 2016

A federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s new overtime rule Tuesday, a major setback that delays one of the president’s significant reforms from going into effect next week as planned.

Legacy news brands best way to fight fake news

November 21, 2016

During this election season, Facebook came face to face with a long-known media plague: Fake news.Dozens and dozens of misleading stories about the election and statistics went viral on the platform in the “trending” section.

GateHouse buys Harris Enterprises, five Kansas papers

November 14, 2016

GateHouse Media LLC will acquire the newspapers and most other assets of Harris Enterprises Inc., owner of five newspapers in Kansas, the two companies announced Monday.

The new owner will take over Dec. 1.

John D. Montgomery, currently publisher of The Hutchinson News, has been named senior group publisher to oversee GateHouse operations in Kansas. Montgomery has been editor and publisher of the News the past 10 years. He is a past president of the Kansas Press Association.

KPA legislative agenda includes KORA cost control

November 10, 2016

The 2017 Kansas Press Association legislative agenda includes an effort to get costs for Kansas Open Records Act requests under control.

KPA Legal Hotline attorney lists election rules

November 7, 2016
We asked Max Kautsch, Legal Hotline attorney for the Kansas Press Association, to explain some of the rules and regulations about election coverage.
Issue: Is the media prohibited from covering polling places on Election Day?
Short Answer: No, but the media’s access to polling places is regulated to some extent by Kansas statutes and Secretary of State policies. 

October 2016

What could Trump do to restrict press freedom?

October 27, 2016

By Jonathan Peters, Columbia Journalism Review

I’m increasingly convinced that Donald Trump, to quote Lord Varys in Game of Thrones, would happily see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes. And where better to start the fire than the First Amendment? 

Hutchinson News, Topeka Capital-Journal win EPPYs

October 27, 2016

Two Kansas newspapers, the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Hutchinson News, were named winners Wednesday of Editor & Publisher EPPY awards for online coverage.