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January 30, 2014

Publisher's Notebook: Sometimes, it’s better to stay out of the way

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Also at the July meeting, we hammered out a new funding mechanism for the Legal Defense Fund. Member newspapers agreed to increase or maintain their contributions to the fund, which to date has distributed more than $600,000 to help newspapers defray the cost of legal battles that are waged to keep public records open or to protect the freedom of information.

One of my biggest contributions as KPA president was on the golf course. Yes, I know it’s a tough job but someone had to do it. I was part of the winning team that brought home the trophy to Kentucky in the inaugural border war golf scramble with our counterparts in Tennessee.

It was for a good cause though, because we helped raise $10,000 for our journalism foundation, which will be used to fund three more college internships this summer. We will be placing 23 interns in newspapers and PR firms this summer, but the requests for interns are still double that amount.

We have about 50 interns apply for the summer jobs and more than 40 newspapers who’d like to hire them for 10 weeks. But we can only grant 23 internships at this time. That’s why I made increasing the funding for this program my top priority this past year.

We’re already busy planning the next border war that will be held in Kentucky this September. I expect to see many of you on the golf course this fall having a good time, shanking a few shots and donating your money to help college students gain valuable experience at our newspapers.

As president, I had the honor of carrying the Kentucky flag into the National Newspaper Association annual convention in Phoenix in September. I met and talked with newspaper people from all over the country, and got a positive vibe about our industry. My newspapers had a solid 2013 and are planning on having a great year in 2014. I hope yours are as well.

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