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Rural Blog: Ryan and Larry Craig share Al Smith Award for public service through journalism

Ryan Craig was majoring in history and public relations at Western Kentucky University when his uncle Larry, a rural journalist who was teaching journalism there, told him to try journalism: “You would do a lot more good, and wouldn’t have to worry about having too much money.” He followed in his uncle’s footsteps, buying a weekly paper and turning it into a respected watchdog. This week...

UK School of Journalism and Media recognizes six with Distinguished Alumni Awards

The faculty of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information has voted to annually recognize graduates of the school who have had outstanding careers and made significant contributions to their communities and professions. “I am not sure many people realize the impact our graduates have had on our state and our country,” Lars Willnat,...

UK board discussion contentious over student newspaper lawsuit, handling of sexual assaults

By Marjorie Kirk The Kentucky Kernel UK’s Board of Trustees meeting in Bowling Green turned contentious over discussion of the lawsuit between the university and the Kentucky Kernel, and the handling of sexual assault cases on campus. President Eli Capilouto told the board he supported UK’s choice to appeal the attorney general’s decision. He again cited FERPA, HIPPA and attorney client privilege...

David Hawpe: Kentucky needs strong, traditional media that keep the public informed

The following remarks were delivered to the annual Summit on Philanthropy held last week in Lexington. David Hawpe moderated a panel of experts addressing “What Kentucky Needs.” Welcome to you all. The organizers of this conference have worked hard to assemble a truly high-powered panel of speakers. And the good news is, there’s no indication that Governor Bevin intends to replace...

Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to feature keynoter Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester

Loretta Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will be keynote speaker for the eighth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. The theme of this year’s conference is “Economic Transition: Leading Through Philanthropy.” To register, click here. Options are available to attend just the luncheon...

David Hawpe: Higher education should prepare students for lifetime of living and learning

The Founders Day speech at Lindsey Wilson College: I want to talk a few moments today about the special virtue of the small liberal arts college. I want to share with you the reasons why I believe so strongly that there should be schools like Lindsey Wilson. The first is that state government support for public campuses has faltered and failed, here and elsewhere In the just-concluded General Assembly...

Wanted: a Kentuckian who champions the First Amendment, transparent government

  The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky is requesting nominations for its annual James Madison Award to recognize a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment. The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the passage and ratification of the Bill of Rights.   The Madison Award recognizes...

David Hawpe: Six most serious challenges facing Kentucky — got some solutions?

Distinguished journalist David Hawpe, retired editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville and lifelong Kentuckian, shared his thoughts on the major challenges facing his home state as he led a panel discussion at the recent Summit on Philanthropy held in Lexington.   Many who have gathered here today have no doubt about what the major challenges facing Kentucky are. But, let me single out...

Sixth Summit on Philanthropy draws top speakers on social enterprise, innovation

  Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will convene the 6th annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For the second year, the Summit will be presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and St. Louis.   Kosair Charities is presenting sponsor.   The two-day event...

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...

David Hawpe: A few thoughts on Fancy Farm, Mitch McConnell and debilitating blackdamp

Editor’s note: The annual Fancy Farm picnic and political gathering in Graves County is Saturday, Aug. 2.   Alison Grimes ought to remind the Crowd of Fancy Farm that Mitch McConnell is choking the U.S. Senate with blackdamp.   Given what McConnell knows about coal mining, aides may have to explain to him that blackdamp is a mixture of debilitating gases – as one dictionary puts it,...