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

Research: the struggle for women’s suffrage

(Editor’s note: Photo by Levi Guzman on Unsplash) By Leo Bertucci Fleischaker-Greene Scholar Geographic differences between the West, Midwest, and South explain why pro-women’s suffrage movements in each of these regions dealt with different challenges. Historical...

“Cancel Culture” is here to stay

(Editor’s note: Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)  By Sarah Walters  Payton Bingham sits aloft on her bed along with her fat speckled cat, Misty Minerva McGonagall.  On either side of her, “Harry Potter” posters are carefully taped to the walls. They accompany...

Driven to become free

By McKenna Mitchell The day I received my driver’s license, my best friend and I set off on our long-awaited adventure. We wanted Raising Cane’s Chicken. We scrambled out of South Oldham High School with purses and backpacks in tow. We dodged carpool moms and crossed...

A fight in the pit worth taking

By Sarah Walters Something that shouldn't come as a surprise about neo-Nazis: They fight dirty. I expected their affinity for metal music and shitty IPA beer. I didn't expect the biting and the hair-pulling. I discovered my expectations or lack of understanding of...

Music helped push civil rights movements forward

Editor's Note: Music helped unite thousands during Civil Rights Era marches and protest such as this march on Washington, D.C. (photo above), and that theme continues today. Lucy Rutherford Fleischaker-Green Scholar In June of 1964, Ku Klux Klan members kidnapped and...

Survey shows increased support of election reforms

Leo Bertucci  Fleischaker-Green Scholar A batch of preliminary results from a public policy survey produced by political science professors and students from Western Kentucky University shows a two-year increase in support for several election reforms in...

Special topics class takes deep dive into voting rights

Leah Hunter Fleischaker-Green Scholar In an era where journalists face unprecedented criticism from the public, student journalists need a better understanding of digging deeper into issues and to know the extent of their First Amendment rights. Since 2008, students...

Voter fraud tops election concerns

By Hannah Claussen Fleischaker-Green Scholar On Nov. 6, 2012, Ruth Thomasine Robinson, 70, lost her reelection bid against Sam Howell for mayor of Martin, a small Floyd County community in eastern Kentucky. Robinson’s three-vote loss must have come as a surprise. She...

Pandemic pushes up election costs

By Debra Murray Voting, once a simple task of waiting in line and filling out a bubble sheet, came more complex with the COVID-19 pandemic and a lot more expensive. The pandemic’s spread throughout the U.S. by primaries last year led14 states postpone primary...

Voter fraud tops list of election concerns

By Hannah Claussen On Nov. 6, 2012, Ruth Thomasine Robinson, 70, lost her reelection bid against Sam Howell for mayor of Martin, a small Floyd County community in eastern Kentucky. Robinson’s three-vote loss must have come as a surprise. She and her family spent a lot...

‘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...

The reality of dreams

By Griffin Fletcher It’s late afternoon on Saturday at Paradise Point Marketplace in Scottsville, nearly a 40-minute drive from downtown Bowling Green, and the smell of steaming hot dogs mingles with the warm April air. Max Erskine, 23, a Paradise Point employee, uses...

That’s the ticket: Section 105, Row f, Seat 1.

By Kyle Williams The man walks into a basketball arena on a cold, early-November night while the home team gears up for its lone exhibition game of the young season. He takes his usual route — maneuvering through fans on the way to the seat he’s grown accustomed to...

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,...