Skip to main content
Skip to main content

WKU News


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Joel Simon, executive director of the international nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, will speak at Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting on April 3 at 7 p.m. in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium.

Simon will deliver the 13th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series, which has hosted lectures by professional journalists at WKU since 2004. Simon, who has worked as a journalist throughout Latin American and lead CPJ for 11 years, will speak about the non-profit’s work to advocate for journalists around the world and more recent efforts examining threats to freedom of the press in the U.S. His talk, “Trump & The Truth: Defending Press Freedom at Home & Abroad,” will put the U.S. in an international context, examining parallels and patterns the organization has seen around the globe.

“Joel Simon’s presentation will provide students and the public with important international context to the discussions we are having here in the U.S. about the future of the free press,” said Journalism Professor Amanda J. Crawford, who organized the lecture. “No organization has their finger on the pulse of press freedom issues around the world more than CPJ. I think this talk will be timely and of interest to the entire WKU community and the public.”

Simon has written about press freedom issues for The New York Times, Slate, World Policy Journal, the Columbia Journalism Review and numerous other publications. His most recent book, “The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom,” was published in November 2014. Simon worked for many years as a freelance journalist in Latin America, where he covered the Guatemalan civil war and the Chiapas conflict in Mexico, among other issues. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Stanford University.   

The free lecture is open to students and the public. It is a swipeable event for students.

About the John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series

The John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series, launched in 2004 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gaines’ family-owned newspaper, the Daily News, has brought several award-winning international journalists to WKU. Previous lecture participants include New York Times reporter and WKU alumna Nikita Stewart, bestselling author Beth Macy, Washington Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News Todd Gillman, investigative freelance journalist Lucy Komisar, newspaper journalism icon John Seigenthaler, Emmy award-winning photojournalist Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald, New Orleans Times-Picayune staff writer Mark Schleifstein, and Chicago Tribune photojournalist and former official White House photographer Pete Souza.

All News  Now Viewing Category: All
Media Relations
President Caboni News
Gordon Ford College of Business
Ogden News
Academic Affairs
WKU Regional Campuses
Glasgow News
Etown & Fort Knox
Owensboro News
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
The Center for Gifted Studies
Emergency Preparedness
Housing & Residence Life
Student Activities and Organizations
Augenstein Alumni Center
Campus Activities Board
The Confucius Institute
Cultural Enhancement Series
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Museum
Downing Student Union
Hardin Planetarium
Health Services
Human Resources News
Instruments of American Excellence
International Student Office
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
Library News
Math News
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Office of Sustainability
Parent's Association
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Student Financial Assistance
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Employment
Student Government Association News
Student Research Council
Study Abroad
Van Meter Auditorium
WKU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program News
WKU Joint Admissions
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Latest Headlines
WKU College of Health and Human Services Opens Student-Applied Research Center

Western Kentucky University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) will honor the opening of their first student-applied research center, the WKU Center for Environmental and Workplace Health (CEWH).

Loup Langton is Margaret and Cal Turner Professor in Journalism

Loup Langton receives the honor of serving as Turner Professor in Journalism at WKU.

English Department Launches New Curricula

Over the past two years, faculty in the WKU English Department have been creatively rethinking the English curricula to ensure that our programs serve 21st-century English majors well.

Featured Articles
WKU Forensics Team wins debate tournaments at Illinois State

WKU’s Forensics Team divided into three groups and traveled to Lebanon, Illinois; Normal, Illinois; and Jefferson City, Tennessee, to compete in six tournaments Nov. 11-12.

WKU GEO Faculty/Staff/Students Attend Two National Conferences

Students, faculty, and staff from the Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) and Department of Geography & Geology recently attended national conferences in Arkansas and Washington state.

Statue of Rep. Jody Richards unveiled on campus

A bronze statue of longtime WKU supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus Monday (Nov. 6) in Jody Richards Hall.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 5/2/17