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Jeff Jobe finds misfortune can mean opportunity, now building his own Ky. newspaper group

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon Jeff Jobe knows misfortune can lead to opportunity. Jobe, a Greenup County native, got an opportunity to attend college after a boating accident on the Ohio River as a boy cost him his leg. In high school, certain that after graduation he would be working in the plants or mills around the area in 1981, Jobe suddenly had a disability offer to attend a semester at the...

Supreme Court hears arguments on what a university can release about professor’s assaults on students

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday heard oral arguments in a First Amendment case regarding what information a university can release about the sexual assault of two students by a professor. 
The heart of the case surrounds a file compiled by the University of Kentucky against Dr. James Harwood after two doctoral candidates filed complaints about being sexually assaulted...

Journalist and horseman Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of KyForward and the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two...

Amye Bensenhaver: The sunlight fades in Kentucky; open government takes and needs constant vigilance

In an era when virtually every public official gives lip service to the importance of transparency and accountability, what is it that motivates a legislator to introduce a bill that abridges these twin goals? What, indeed, when our time tested open records law strikes a reasonable balance between the need for public oversight of governmental operations and the competing need for governmental confidentiality. Twice...

Seeking the truth, Campbellsville University to host ‘Fake News Forum’ on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

By Matthew M. Billiot Campbellsville University The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That’s what Stan McKinney believes all journalists should seek and report to the best of their abilities. “The idea of ‘fake news’ actually sickens me,” said McKinney, an associate professor of journalism at Campbellsville University who was a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

Grant provides opportunity for MSU journalism students to learn from Lexington Herald-Leader staff

Eleven Murray State University journalism and advertising students recently received training in digital media strategies through an opportunity afforded by a Bring Learning to Life grant from Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, heard about the Lexington Herald-Leader’s successes with digital advertising campaigns during...

EKU journalism professor Givens named to Kentucky Press Association board of directors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named to the Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Press Service Board of Directors as the journalism education representative for eastern Kentucky. The two-year term began at the end of the annual KPA Winter Convention, held recently in Louisville. Dr. Deborah T. Givens...