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Western Kentucky University

Fleischaker-Greene Scholars in First Amendment Studies

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The Fleischaker-Greene Scholars program will provide students in the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting the opportunity to take an advanced special topics class once a year. Taught at the junior/senior level, this unique journalism class will include a field trip, a national speaker, a First Amendment module, a gallery exhibit and the development of a Web presentation. Emphasis will be placed on using First Amendment tools, such as open records laws.

Field Trip

Each year, the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars will take a field trip to report stories on a specific topic. Students will help to create a gallery show and a Web-based multimedia presentation of their work.

National Speaker

The Fleischaker-Greene Scholars program will welcome a nationally recognized journalism speaker each year to an open lecture on campus.

First Amendment First Forum

Scholars will participate in an annual campus event celebrating the First Amendment and will participate in activities involving freedom of speech and the press. During Forum the School will present a national award for First Amendment Activism.


Fleischaker-Greene Scholars will be selected through an application process.


For spring semester 2016, the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars topic will be "Power, Privilege & Democracyā€¯ and will give advanced students the opportunity to study issues related to race, gender and class in U.S. elections. The course will be co-taught by Dr. Saundra Ardrey in WKU Political Science  and African-American Studies departments and Journalism Professor Amanda Crawford in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.