School of Media News Archive
WKU PHOTOJOURNALSIM STUDENTS WIN HEARST AWARDS
Western Kentucky University alum Silas Walker (May 2020) won first in the Hearst PJ Competition and finished sixth in Hearst Multimedia.
WKU PJ senior Chris Kohley won third in the Photojournalism competition.
WKUPJ alumna Michelle Hanks (May 2020) placed ninth in the Multimedia competition.
Congratulations to WKU’s School of Media for winning the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight year and 26th time in the past 31 years. In the Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series Competition, Lily Thompson, a senior from Paoli, Indiana, finished second, received a $2,000 award and qualified for the semifinal round of judging.
Ron DeMarse announed as Interim Director for School of Media
Ron DeMarse, who has been a part of the SoM faculty since 2007, was selected as interim director of the program beginning July 1. Prior to accepting the interim director position, DeMarse had been a professor and curriculum coordinator for the broadcasting and film departments. Before coming to WKU, DeMarse was a freelance videographer and a film and broadcasting professor at Valdosta State University.
WKU School of Media finishes second overall in Hearst competition
School of Media’s Senior Gallery online
The WKU School of Media is proud to present our senior gallery show representing the hard work accomplished by our 2020 graduating class. Congratulations to these talented students and we wish them the best of luck as they continue on into their careers!
Congratulations to Kendall Warner and Mhari Shaw who placed fifth and sixth in 2019-2020 Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s the Multimedia Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement Competition
WKU School of Media announces a new partnership with WKU Public Radio regarding the
management of WWHR-FM, WKU’s student-run radio station.
Public Radio is responsible for the management, operation, and broadcast programming of the station effective February 1, 2020. The station will continue to serve as an educational lab overseen by the School of Media Broadcasting program faculty. Students will continue to produce news programs and gain valuable broadcasting experience.
“This partnership with WKU Public Radio will expand the range of skills and learning experiences of student broadcasters by providing additional professional opportunities and mentorship. This is a win for our students and the School of Media,” stated Dr. Larry Snyder, Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the finalists selected in the 2019-2020 Journalism Awards Program’s Radio News and Features competition:
Seventh Place, Natalie Turner, Western Kentucky University
The upcoming gallery exhibit, Gaines Lecture Series and open house for the 10th anniversary
of the Film program have all been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
More information will be posted as the situation develops.
Search Committee for the School of Media Director announces additional finalist
Ms. Kari Barber, of the University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism
Search Committee for the School of Media director announces four finalists
Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro wins the 2019 Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting
The first award went to "Dirty Laundry" for Best Long Form - Fiction.
"Come Up for Air" also picked up awards for Director Tori Mills and Cinematographer Haley Meyers. This marks the second year in a row that the film program has won Student Production Awards.
The College Student Production Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter
Ashlea Moses (left) editor of Come Up for Air and Jordan Crabbe (right) production designer for Dirty Laundry
WKU won the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 25th time in the past 30 years
School of Media students place in the Kentucky Associated Press and Kentucky Broadcasters Association contest
Best Public Affairs
Best Sports Coverage
Best News Story
Best Television Reporter
Olivia Eiler – First Place, Western Kentucky University
Best Public Affairs (Radio)
Best News Story (Radio)
Best Radio Reporter
WKU Film Major Wins College Student Production Award
Tori Mills, a senior film major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, is the recipient of a College Student Production Award for Short Form - Fiction, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter. Her short film, An Adjustment, will be honored at the August 18 ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. https://ohiovalleyemmy.org
2005 Graduate Cameron Knight and 2006 Graduate Cara Owsley were part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team at The Cincinnati Enquirer for local reporting. The Photojournalism grads credit their time at WKU as crucial for their success in their fields. Owsley is the Director of Photography at the paper and Knight is a crime beat reporter. See the project at : https://www.cincinnati.com/pages/interactives/seven-days-of-heroin-epidemic-cincinnati/