The award-winning College Heights Herald is the main source for news about WKU for students, faculty and staff. The professional news organization is operated solely by college students and student editors determine all Herald content. The Herald, which publishes in print and digital formats, receives no direct financial support from WKU. It aims to provide accurate, fair and balanced stories that meet the highest professional and journalistic standards.
The Herald dates back to 1925 and is among the most honored college newspapers in the country. It has won 15 national Pacemaker awards, the most recent for 2012; five Gold Crown awards and seven Silver Crown awards.
The students who produce the Herald are honing skills that will give them a competitive edge as they enter the workplace. The twice-weekly publication is distributed free on Tuesdays and Thursdays at locations on campus and in the Bowling Green community.
The College Heights Herald was among the first college newspapers with a full online edition. WKUHERALD.com provides updates throughout each day on news at WKU. It also includes a complete digital replica edition of the College Heights Herald. The website in 2012 won a Pinnacle Award for best web presence. The Herald also offers WKUHERALD apps for both Apple and Android mobile devices.
The Talisman is WKU's official yearbook. The Talisman breaks the mold of a traditional yearbook. The 350-plus page publication strives to capture the unique essence of life on the Hill through a blend of award-winning photography and stories with cutting edge design.
A WKU tradition since 1924, the Talisman covers the entire academic year and the book is typically delivered in early fall. The award-winning publication is free to all WKU students who reserve a copy.
The Talisman routinely ranks as one of the best college yearbooks in the nation. It has won 17 national Pacemaker awards, the most recent for the 2013 Talisman, awarded in November 2014 at the National College Media Conference in Philadelphia; six Gold Crowns, including for the 2013 Talisman, and four Silver Crowns. It also won five Trendsetter awards; that award was retired after no other yearbook in the nation could successfully compete against the Talisman.
Student editors determine all content in the Talisman.
College Heights Media was created in 2012 as a specialty publishing arm of WKU Student Publications. Through CHM, students get experience creating content and designing specialty publications for outside clients. This experience is different from the yearlong effort students put into a publication such as the Talisman yearbook or the more hectic pace of the College Heights Herald, and helps those students gain expertise in compiling a project for a client. CHM's first imprint was a 112-page hardbound photo book, "A Beautiful Spirit: Western Kentucky University," exploring the beauty and history of the WKU campus. It was published by CHM for the WKU Alumni Association. Limited copies of the book are available from WKU Student Publications for $17.98 in person or $25 mailed.
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