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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Deep Cuts

By Jacob Dick It was an average looking CD case, like any other my dad left behind. I had pulled it from the shelf by chance as I was searching for something to listen to. I never expected to be holding a portrait of an anthropomorphic hairless cat chained to a...