News & Announcements

August 2018

First Amendment Coalition questions ruling

August 6, 2018

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) on Friday filed a “friend of court” brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, urging that court to reverse a federal district court ruling that jeopardizes important First Amendment protections for journalists who publish sensitive or classified government information.

July 2018

Is it time for a federal shield law for reporters?

July 27, 2018

By Margo Harris, News Media Alliance

In February 2018, the Department of Justice notified New York Times reporter Ali Watkins that her email and phone had been seized as part of a leak investigation — a case that resulted in the June 7 arrest of James Wolfe. Watkins’s three-year relationship with the high-ranking aide on the Senate Intelligence Committee (which she covered before joining the Times) soon became public fodder. 

Advertising Law Guide updated with FAQs

July 19, 2018

Max Kautsch, the Kansas Press Association’s Legal Hotline attorney, has updated and adapted the KPA Advertising Law Guide into a more compact, frequently asked questions format.

The new streamlined guide can be accessed at the KPA website under Member Services, Media Law Library, or by clicking here and includes a number of links to more information.

KPA leadership torch is being passed

July 19, 2018

Emily Bradbury will become executive director of the Kansas Press Association on July 30.

She is just the 10th person — and the first woman — to serve in that role.

She succeeds Doug Anstaett, who will step down after leading the association for the past 15 years. He will assume a part-time, supporting role as KPA consultant and lobbyist.

Here are tips on improving security at your newspaper

July 17, 2018

Following the recent tragedy at the Annapolis Capital Gazette, here are a few important steps local news organizations can take now to improve overall security for your staff and your facilities.

What happens when a newspaper closes or merges?

July 10, 2018

In the past decade, hundreds of local U.S. newspapers have closed or merged. What happens to the communities they leave behind?

A hundred and twenty years ago, a wooden auditorium was built in the hills of Boulder, Colorado, as part of the Chautauqua movement, a lecture circuit/educational variety show for rural communities. In early June, Dave Krieger got on stage in the Chautauqua auditorium to tell the city's residents why he got fired from the local newspaper - and why he's worried about the future of local news in the US.

June 2018

Organizations turn up the heat on newsprint tariffs

June 27, 2018

On July 17, the International Trade Commission will hear testimony on the preliminary tariffs on newsprint products from Canada. 

CNHI explores sale of more than 100 newspapers in 22 states

June 26, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – CNHI, LLC, one of the country’s leading providers of local news and information, said Monday it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties in 22 states.

How Kansas newspaper editors look at tariffs

June 14, 2018

Since the Trump administration announced a 32 percent tariff on imported uncoated groundwood paper from Canada earlier this year, our industry has been rocked by price increases on printing and concern about future newsprint shortages.

Recently, the Kansas Press Association asked members to fill out a survey to be used to convince members of Congress to reverse the new duties on the chief raw material necessary to produce a newspaper. Thirty-two of our members did just that. So what actions have been taken by KPA members in light of the higher prices?

Publishers seek Facebook policy exemption for news

June 11, 2018

Seven media organizations representing over 20,000 media publishers and professionals in over 120 countries around the world have come together to express concern over Facebook’s new advertising policy that labels quality news as political advocacy and includes such content in its political ad archive.