Western Kentucky University Journalism

Our journalism program is designed to prepare students for a changing media environment by focusing on content, ethics, and technology. All work featured on this site is original work produced by WKU students in our program’s journalism courses.

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Student Published Works

Our students within the WKU Journalism department spend time writing in their classes to gain hands on experience. We are proud to share their work with you!

News

WKU Journalism students cover a wide variety of news events. If you’re looking for the latest news from politics to community events to pop culture and more, take a peek at our students’ perspectives on current events.

Lifestyle

What’s trending? WKU students know what is popular both on and off campus. Whether it’s fashion, food, travel, or culture, our students have got you covered.

Entertainment

We take sports pretty seriously at WKU and we like to celebrate what’s going on in the community. Our journalism students will keep you up-to-date on the latest in entertainment.

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Spotlight

Honoring people and sharing their personal experiences is powerful. WKU Journalism students like to take the time to give individuals a voice and a chance to tell their stories.

About WKU Journalism

The WKU Journalism program is one of four programs within the School of Media at Western Kentucky University located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Students enrolled in the program can earn a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism within 4 years.

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If you are a current WKU Journalism student, we encourage you to submit your work here! Your writing might be featured on our website so we can recognize you as an outstanding student and journalist.

Recently Published Articles

WKU Photojournalism Alumni graduates find work during global pandemic

Gunnar Word  In the past 18 months Western Kentucky University alumni photojournalists managed the new and unexpected conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic through adaptation and growth.  USA Today photographer Katie Stratman really had to reinvent her productive wheel...

WKU community reflects on changes made at the Herald

Lucy Rutherford   “Student News—Faculty News—Alumni News—All News”  For decades, these were the words that appeared on the front page of Western Kentucky University’s College Heights Herald. Today, they can’t be found.   The exemption of this tagline may seem like an...

Fleischaker/Greene class visits memorials in D.C

By Erian Bradley The Fleischaker/Green class took a class trip to Washington D.C, as a part of their First Amendment studies this Fall. The class visited the Eisenhower Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Memorial. Dr....

Do we still need a press corps?

By Monica Kast Although writing from slightly different perspectives, both Ken Auletta and Patrick Sloyan argue that the White House press corps has grown weaker and less influential during the Bush and Obama presidencies.  Keeping in mind our conversation on...

A President’s First Duty is to Keep Americans Safe

Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan write that Barack Obama is The Worst President in History. From this handout of the 200 reasons why he is the worst president, select two reasons to critique. Do you agree or disagree? Fully explain your answer.  178. Allowing...

Other Factors Led to Decline in American Optimism

Matt Magolis and Mark Noonan write that Barack Obama is The Worst President in History. From the handout of the 200 reasons why he is the worst president, select two reasons to critique. Do you agree or disagree? Fully explain your answer. There are many things to...

What I learned: Reflections on Politics & The Presidency

This class has been a crash course experience in learning how to understand and cover a presidential election. From behind a camera or in an interview, I have tried to capture what people think and feel about this particular point in our democratic history but I also...

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a political advertisement

The cavernous space of Studio A at StagePost in Nashville was dimly lit on the morning of Oct. 27. A few softboxes hung from the ceiling and two light panels on stands provided the only light as technicians worked to assemble a simple set for the coming shoot. The ...

How to be in two places at once

By Amelia Brett I carefully slide the lid off as I lounge on my bed. A small tan box of nostalgia with a smooth surface sits in my lap. I run my fingers across the striped sides and over the label that says “Keys to the Past.” The elastic band that keeps it sealed...

The unintentional incident of the cat in the night-time

By Sille Veilmark Ditte walked out of the front door in stockings and stepped thrice on her toes before she reached the garage. The almost 6-foot-tall plant wall in the driveway had newly been cut. Among tools, bikes and a big refrigerator for extra food storage in...

4 issues shaping the Kentucky 2020 election cycle

By Kristina Francis With the 2020 election cycle in full swing following the Iowa caucuses, voters are beginning to focus on issues they care about and which candidate aligns with their viewpoint. The Kentucky gubernatorial race between former Gov. Matt Bevin and...

What’s the issue?

What’s the issue? By Katelyn Latture There is a lot of talk currently being thrown into the computers, televisions, radios, phones and faces of Americans as the United States prepares for the 2020 national election. With all this noise, it can be difficult to know...

‘Lost River Sessions’ highlights music scene

By Andrew Critchelow WKU students have helped make “The Lost River Sessions” on Western Kentucky University’s PBS station an award-winning series that showcases regional musicians at local venues. Co-produced by audio engineer James Pearson and videographer Darius...

A Little Taste of Bosnia in BG

By Casey McCarthy On the corner of Old Morgantown Road and Parkhurst Drive, between slender white, wooden columns, in mesh black chairs, hazed by cigarette smoke and steamy espresso, two older...

How a traditional Tennessee church grew into a modern megachurch

By Tanner Cole HIXSON, TENNESSEE — A golf cart unloads passengers from the far reaches of the parking lot onto the church steps. Greeters wielding pamphlets line the immediate interior. The high-ceilinged room is filling with members of the congregation. Abba’s House,...

Epiphanies of a 9-year old

By Austin Rutland I watched my 10-year-old brother as he stared at the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that sat on a cracked beige plate. You’re going to hurt Momma’s feelings, I thought. Just eat it. I kicked his foot under the table and shot him a nasty look. Even...

The Red Scare

By Lindsay Whittington I’m in Sarah’s living room with a group of people I know–all good friends, I might add–but all I can think about is the chili. It is at the center of my consciousness. Fear of it is gripping my mind and making my stomach clench in uncomfortable...