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Constance Alexander: Veteran Hopkinsville journalist says there is no substitute for shoe leather reporting

“People who leave great footprints in the community do that just by showing up.”  Leaving great footprints starts with showing up So says Jennifer P. Brown, a Hopkinsville woman who knows about getting things done. The veteran journalist illustrates her point by telling a story about an editor assigning a young reporter to the courthouse beat. When the rookie asks, “Do you want me to go online?”...

Commentary: Advocates say Kentucky needs a citizen-based defense of sunshine laws

By Amye Bensenhaver 
and Jennifer P. Brown Special to KyForward Sunshine Week is upon us and with it the inevitable meteorological metaphors for open government climate change at the federal, state, and local level. These metaphors carry meaning, especially in 2019. There is no better time than now for all Kentuckians to be aware of potential serious threats to laws that protect the public’s right...

Scripps Howard First Amendment Center takes applications for James Madison Award

Kentucky New Era opinions editor Jennifer Brown, left, and publisher Taylor Hayes are pictured at the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center event. Brown was the 2013 winner of the James Madison Award. (Photo from UK)   By Beth Barnes Special to KyForward   Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of the linchpins of American democracy. The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in...