News & Announcements

March 2016

Montgomery Communications sold to Gazette

March 1, 2016

Two historic Kansas newspaper families today announced a change in ownership of the Junction City Daily Union, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, and Wamego Smoke Signal.

Chris Walker and the White Corporation, owner of the Emporia Gazette, will assume ownership of the publications effective March 1. While John Montgomery, president of Montgomery Communications, will be retiring from day-to-day operational responsibility, he will continue to maintain an office at the Daily Union, assist in the transition, and remain involved in an advisory capacity.

February 2016

'It Can Wait' essay winners announced

February 29, 2016

TOPEKA — The winners of the "It Can Wait" essay contest co-sponsored by AT&T and the Kansas Press Association include an Atchison seventh grader and a senior at Iola High School.

Winners of $500 awards are Rylee Crowell, a student at St. Benedict Catholic School, and Abigail Taylor, an Iola senior.

Felts named editor/publisher of Ottawa Herald

February 18, 2016

An editor who helped The Ottawa Herald achieve acclaim as one of the top newspapers in the state has been chosen to lead the nearly 150-year-old media company.

Tommy Felts, now managing editor, is set to become The Herald’s editor and publisher March 7. He will succeed departing publisher Jeanny Sharp, who has been named advertising director of The Hutchinson News, a sister company of The Herald.

Help underwrite White video; get matching gift

February 15, 2016

An effort has been initiated  to raise $200,000 to underwrite the costs of a video on the life of Kansas’ most famous journalist, William Allen White, known as the Sage of Emporia.

The project is an effort to commemorate the life and times of Kansas’ most famous journalist in time for the 150th anniversary of White’s birth in 2018.

Award-winning photographer succumbs to cancer

February 15, 2016

A Lawrence resident who went on to have an award-winning and globetrotting career as a photographer and journalist with The Washington Post, National Geographic and several other organizations has died.

Why political ads on TV stink

February 12, 2016

We are quickly entering the political crazy season (I gave up calling it "silly" because the situation is much too serious for that). For those of us in swing states or counties, we are about to be besieged by an historic level of TV ad spending. And most of that spending will, I suggest, be waste. In fact, political ads on TV taken as a whole will mostly serve to drive up cynicism in our political process and candidates and drive down interest in the outcome of elections.

KPA members, AT&T promote 'It Can Wait'

February 8, 2016

The Kansas Press Association, local Kansas newspapers and AT&T are joining together to conduct an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions.

The contest, which kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 13, is open to middle school and high school students from across Kansas and provides students with the opportunity to win a $500 prize for a column or editorial that best answers the question: “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?”

Help underwrite White video; get matching gift

February 8, 2016

An effort has been initiated  to raise $200,000 to underwrite the costs of a video on the life of Kansas’ most famous journalist, William Allen White, known as the Sage of Emporia.

The project is an effort to commemorate the life and times of Kansas’ most famous journalist in time for the 150th anniversary of White’s birth in 2018.

KU students write legislative stories for KPA

February 8, 2016

LAWRENCE — Journalism students at the University of Kansas have uploaded several stories for use by Kansas Press Association members.

All you have to do to use the content is click on the links below. Please credit the students and the KU Statehouse Wire Service when you use the stories.

January 2016

Potter Conference to focus on new opportunities

January 21, 2016

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding another Potter Conference for community newspapers! At this year’s conference in April attendees will learn how community news organizations — weeklies, small dailies, and their websites — went from overwhelmed to overjoyed as they successfully tackled new opportunities.