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Constance Alexander: Preparaing for a lofty career in the field of journalism begins at home

While many of her students have lofty hopes for jobs at the Washington Post or the New York Times, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University insists, “They have to get dirty in local news.” “Everything’s local,” she adds, and students in her in-depth reporting class learn the truth of that assertion through a rigorous approach...

Prominent photographers to discuss campaign photography in a digital world at Transylvania

Four photographers who spent years in and around the White House and national political campaigns will come together for a virtual discussion on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. hosted by Transylvania University and Kentucky Humanities. “Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” will examine the role visuals play in campaigns and whether digital imagery serves as a reliable source of information....

Murray State faculty regent chosen for 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning

A faculty member at Murray State University is among a group of online educators across the United States chosen for the 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and in partnership with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Melony Shemberger, ’04, ’06, faculty regent...

Judy Clabes: With hearts full of gratitude, we thank you for kindnesses on loss of Gene Clabes

My family and our colleagues at KyForward and the NKyTribune extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have expressed your condolences during our darkest time, as we grieve the loss of Gene Clabes. Our husband, father, grandfather, brother, colleague, journalist, horseman, friend – a man of multiple and diverse interests and associations – passed away after an extended illness just after...

Murray State’s first cohort of online master’s degree in mass communications program to graduate in May

The first cohort of students in Murray State University’s new 100 percent online master’s degree in mass communications will graduate in May 2020 as the university looks to expand its flexible offerings for graduate students seeking the next step in their education. The first cohort of students in Murray State’s new 100 percent online master’s degree in mass communications will graduate...

EKU faculty member elected vice president of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11-15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Attendees came from England, Canada, Australia, China, Nepal and the U.S. In addition to programming about issues impacting the...

Bill Straub: Opining on greatest of journalism as it once was (or wasn’t), why it’s better than alternative

The late Jimmy Breslin, the greatest columnist in the history of the world (and my personal journalistic hero), was renowned as a reporter who could care less about what other people thought of him. “You’re supposed to be scruffy and despised,” Breslin once growled regarding his chosen profession. “You’re not supposed to be honored.’’ Indeed, despite claims to the contrary, news...

Judy Clabes: Good journalism is alive, well
in a lot of the right places, all over the country

It was my distinct privilege once again to be invited, along with 50 or so journalism colleagues from around the country, to join in the judging of the Scripps Howard Awards sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation held recently at the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.   For many years, as president and CEO of the foundation (the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Company),...