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

The Swipe Out Hunger initiative fights food insecurity at WKU

By Ellie Sandlin The WKU Student Government Association started a Swipe Out Hunger initiative for the spring 2022 semester to fight food insecurity.  Cole Bornefeld, a junior from Hendersonville, Tennessee, is a senator at large for the Student Government...

Disc Golf takes flight at WKU

By Jeffrey Meyers At almost any park in Bowling Green, you can spot people throwing discs at chained baskets. This is disc golf, and WKU has a team for it.  Disc golf is a sport where players throw frisbee-like discs into baskets, attempting to score below par....

Looking back to look forward

(Editor’s note: Photo by Mike Labrum on Unsplash.) By Hannah Claussen I stepped out of the car on a chilly Friday in October. My heels sunk into the soft dirt, so I walked on my toes. My eyes stayed trained on the ground. I knew before I opened the door that everyone...

Media bias trend deepens the news consumer divide

(Editor’s note: Photo by Christ Montgomery on Unsplash.) By Hannah Clausen The media of all kinds play a daily role in the lives of Americans and for many, news media remains a staple in the daily routine. Whether a morning cup of coffee and a side of cable news,...

Changing his hat changed his life

By Rhiannon Johnston Before the final pitch, he knew exactly what he wanted.  Surrounded by Western Kentucky University baseball fans, young Hunter Evans sat quietly out of place at the Hot Rod Stadium in his hometown, Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The WKU...

Kentucky Voters Face Changes

WKU student Jeanna Kleine-Kratch takes a deeper look into Kentucky voting legislation and how it affects voters. https://youtu.be/yZotnOiVxoM

Meet the 2022 Fleischaker-Greene Scholars

Professor "Mac" McKerral Assistant Director Journalism Major Coordinator School of Media Professor Scott Lasley Department Head Political Science Carley Stone Hometown: Corbin, Kentucky Degree programs: Broadcasting; Advertising; User Experience; Digital...

Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

https://youtu.be/Jev2S9PG1ww By Carley Stone Fleischaker-Greene Scholar

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...

“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...

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...

Welcome to Eclipseville

Story and photos by Helen Gibson In 2007, Hopkinsville resident Cheryl Cook received an email that she’ll never forget. She’s the director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, so it’s not uncommon for people to reach out to her via...

A place of new beginnings

Story and Photos by Callie Miller On the outskirts of Bowling Green, in a large but unassuming white barn with a dark green roof, the smell of manure is thick, but the sign promises “new beginnings.” In a brightly lit alley in the back of the barn, Jacob Watson, 13,...

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...

You know, until you don’t

By Laryn Hilderbrandt “Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?” I remember the clicking and tapping sound throughout the computer lab, the whirr of the monitor and the hushed conversations of...

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,...

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...