News & Announcements

July 2017

Join us at one of our KPA regional meetings this fall

July 21, 2017

The Kansas Press Association goes on tour this fall with regional meetings in five Kansas communities.

June 2017

Probst to fill House seat; resigns from Hutch News

June 22, 2017

An opinionated watchdog will enter the Kansas House of Representatives.

Nine Reno County Democratic precinct committee members chose Jason Probst in a 6-3 vote Wednesday evening to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Rep. Patsy Terrell, D-Hutchinson. Jim Clark, 65, a former union steward who knocked on 2,500 doors during Terrell’s 2016 campaign, received three votes. Attorney Luann Trummel Wellborn, 59, drew no votes.

Journalist, mentor Tom Eblen dead at 80

June 11, 2017

Tom Eblen, former general manager and news adviser for The University Daily Kansan at the School of Journalism at KU, died June 10 in Prairie Village. He was 80.

Eblen joined the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications as the Kansan adviser in 1986 and retired in 2001.

He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Nov. 1, 1936. His interest in journalism started while taking photos for his high school newspaper. One of his photos won a state prize when he was a senior in high school and that led him to the journalism program at the University of Missouri, from which he graduated in 1958.

Former Gazette GM Ray Beals dead at 67

June 5, 2017

Ray J. Beals, 67, passed away June 4, 2017 at his home after a battle with cancer.

Ray was born April 21, 1950 at Newman Hospital. He attended Mary Herbert Elementary School and Emporia High School. At age 18, he began work at the Emporia Gazette as pressman. After 45 years, he retired from the newspaper, holding the job of General Manager.

May 2017

Oklahoma couple buys Council Grove Republican

May 25, 2017

The Council Grove Republican, a part of the McNeal family since the 1930s, has sold to David Parker of Enid, Okla., effective July 1.

Sale of the Republican, published continuously the past 145 years since the first issue on Aug. 24, 1872, was announced Thursday by Craig McNeal, president of Council Grove Publishing Company, Inc.

Newspaper readers graying? Study challenges myth

May 18, 2017

There’s a myth that newspaper readers are greying. Data suggest this narrative is fatally flawed.

Regional meetings set for fall by KPA

May 17, 2017

We’ve had to adjust the dates for two stops on the Kansas Press Association’s 2017 Regional Meeting Tour.

The meetings in Oberlin and Dodge City are now Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Winners named in 'It Can Wait' essay contest

May 17, 2017

The winners of the "It Can Wait" essay contest co-sponsored by AT&T, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Press Association include a Hutchinson eighth grader and a sophomore at Holton High School.

Woodward and Bernstein: practice relentless reporting

May 3, 2017

Shortly after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Bob and I were asked a long question about our reporting we answered with a short phrase that we've used many times since to describe our reporting on Watergate and its purpose and methodology. We called it the "best obtainable version of the truth." The best obtainable version of the truth. It's a simple concept for something very difficult to get right because of the enormous amount of effort, thinking, persistence, pushback, removal of ideological baggage and the sheer luck that is required, not to mention some unnatural humility.

Eagle moves out of historic location in Wichita

May 1, 2017

Why is The Eagle moving? Where is it going? Is it still Wichita’s newspaper?

Good questions amid a complex situation – but the short answer is yes, The Eagle is here to stay in Wichita.

It is moving this weekend from its longtime building at 825 E. Douglas to a smaller, more modern space at 330 N. Mead.