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FALL 2020
Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Goes Virtual in 2020
The School hosted the 40th Annual Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame ceremony via Zoom in October. 
   Master of Cerem nies Duane Bonifer (Class of '91) introduced recorded acceptance remarks by and on behalf of the inductees. This year's class of Kentucky journalists who have made significant contributions to the profession included: Barbara Bailey, Maxine Cheshire, Steve Crump, Ronnie Ellis, Michael Hedges, Maria Henson, Rachel Platt, Mike Scogin, Russ Shain, and Jerry Tipton.
   If you weren't able to join us for the event, we recorded it. Please click the box below.
Thanks to all those who donated thier luncheon registration, cancelled due to COVID safety concerns this year.
New Courses in Sports Journalism and Video Game Studies
   JAM faculty have been working to expand the School’s course offerings, making for an exciting and dynamic addition to our curriculum. Thanks to their efforts, we now have several courses in sports journalism as well as in video game studies officially on the books. 
   These include JOU 308 Sports Reporting and Editing, JOU 408 Sports Broadcasting and Production,  JOU 538 Law, Media & Sports, and the soon-to-be-offered JOU 208 21st Century Issues in Sports, offered in Spring 2021 as a JOU 487 Special Topics course. 
   The newly approved MAS 362 Interactive Game Narratives and Storytelling adds to the School’s video game emphasis in the Media Arts and Studies program. 
   You can learn more about these initiatives and the vast range of the School’s latest activities by checking out "School of Journalism and Media Update Fall 2020" posted
Kentucky Kernel Wins James Madison Award
   The James Madison Award annually recognizes a Kentuckian who has made an outstanding contribution to the First Amendment, and this year’s winner is the Kentucky Kernel, the independent student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. 
   The Kernel has been embroiled in a five-year legal case with the University of Kentucky concerning the Commonwealth’s open records law pertaining to a story on the investigation of a former professor accused of sexual harassment. The case reached the Kentucky Supreme Court in October 2020, with a decision still uncertain.        
   The Kernel’s current student editor-in-chief Natalie Parks accepted the award on behalf of the staff and previous staff members at State of the First Amendment Address delivered by First Amendment and media law scholar Stephen Bates in November. Her remarks preceded the  Address, and can be viewed by going to our
Events webpage.
2020 State of the First Amendment Celebration
   First Amendment and media law expert Stephen Bates of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, delivered this year’s Scripps Howard First Amendment Center’s State of the First Amendment address via Zoom in November. 
   Bates, a graduate of Harvard Law School, discussed free press principles and the U.S. media environment, past and present, and the goals of the Hutchins Commission (Commission on Freedom of the Press) of the late 1940s. With the emergence of new media forms, Bates also spoke to the new challenges regarding free speech posed by social media and other internet platforms. “These companies are more powerful and the Commission on Freedom of the Press could ever have imagined,” Bates said. He also noted the importance of news literacy, and the public’s ability to question the news they consume. 
   We’ve posted a recording of his excellent and insightful presentation
JAM Faculty Speak at National Journalism Education Convention
   Several JAM faculty members made presentations at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) held virtually in August. Deborah Chung presented her collaborative research on community journalism (conducted with Kakie Urch) at a research panel session titled “Pathways to Reimagining and Rewarding Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Academia.” Yung Soo Kim talked about the journey to tenure during the session “How to Find and Maintain a Program of Research.” Erika Engstrom spoke about using movies in courses on gender and media at the panel “Mobilizing Culture: Using Popular Media to Teach About Race, Class, and Gender in the Digital Sphere.” CI College Dean Jennifer Greer delivered the keynote address for a preconference workshop titled “Women Faculty Moving Forward: 100 Years from Suffrage to Academic Leadership.” AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of college journalism and mass communication educators and administrators. 
JAM Hosts "Women in the Gaming Industry" Event
   UK’s College of Communication and Information hosted a livestreamed panel featuring five high-profile women in the videogame industry. 
   JAM student Gillian Stawiszynski hosted the event which also featured UK student and streamer Sienna Douglas. The panelists of five women included Rebecca Heineman (CEO of Olde Sküül and winner of the national Space Invaders championship in 1980), Manuela Malasaña, owner and director of Team Dogpit), Kishonna Gray (assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of Intersectional Tech), Shira Chess (associate professor at the University of Georgia and author of Play Like a Feminist), and Lizzie Killian (founder of the Fiftycc, a gaming public relations firm).  
   Presented by the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and organized by JAM faculty and staff members Nathan Stevens, Kyra Hunting, Kakie Urch, and Chris Larmour, the event was streamed on Twitch, the worldwide streaming platform for gamers, and attracted 870 attendees. 

   The College of Communication and       Information hosted a graduation "after party" on Friday, Dec. 4, to celebrate our
Fall 2020 graduates. Faculty and staff cheered on the new alumni via Zoom. You can click here to watch the celebration.
Kentucky Hall of Fame Nominations
Accepted Until January 15, 2021    
   Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted now until January 15, 2021. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant. Kentucky natives or journalists who were raised or educated in Kentucky but practiced journalism elsewhere are eligible for nomination and selection. For more details on how to make a nomination, click here.

IRJCI Holds Webinar with Rural Newspaper Editors 

   The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (IRJCI) held a webinar with newspaper editors from across the country in August to discuss ways they have met the challenges of a changing media environment, which especially has affected smaller publications in recent years.
   Hosted by IRJCI Director Al Cross, the webinar, titled "Success Stories in Rural Journalism," featured John Gregg of the Valley News (Lebanon, N.H.), Laurie Brown of The Canadian (Texas) Record, John Nelson of Landmark Community Newspapers, and Jennifer P. Brown of the Hoptown Chronicle (Hopkinsville, KY).
   You can watch a recording of the webinar by clicking here.

New Graduate Teaching Assistants and Student Workers Join JAM Crew 
   The School welcomed three new graduate teaching assistants this fall. Rachel Franke assists with our introductory courses, JOU 101 and MAS 101. Anita Silwal taught JOU 302, Radio and TV News Reporting, and Traci Thomas taught JOU 204 Writing for Mass Media.
   Student worker Erika Melendez returned this fall, and we welcomed Alexis Shearin and Thomas Story, who also ran audio for Andrew Dawson's Advanced TV News course. 
China’s Perfect World Game Research Director Gives Talk on Video Game Industry 

   Dr. SUN Jing, Director of the Game Research Center for Perfect World, the China-based entertainment conglomerate, presented “Perfect World Gaming: The Industry, Business and Culture of Video Games and Esports in China and Beyond” in November. Dr. SUN, who holds a joint doctorate from Nankai University and the University of Virginia, researches video games, esports, new media and society.
   Organized by JAM faculty members Zixue Tai and Nathan Stevens, the presentation by Dr. SUN detailed the interconnectedness between business, esports, video games, film, television, and culture that characterizes Perfect World’s array of media interests. 
   The rise of esports especially illustrates how video gaming’s popularity has created a whole new industry akin to professional sports, complete with professional players and “shoutcasters” (similar to play-by-play sports announcers). In addition to the production of video games, Perfect World builds movie theaters that feature integrative experiences for cinemagoers, augmenting its film production interests. 
Director's Note
   The global pandemic of 2020 presented tough challenges for our faculty, students, and staff, as they coped with and adapted to the changes that required new ways of teaching, learning, and doing the work required to sustain our goal of serving not only as the University of Kentucky, but the university for Kentucky. We appreciate the support of our alumni and friends as we worked through these past few months to eventually make it to the end of the Fall 2020 semester. We look forward to the day when we can hold our many events not just on Zoom, but in person and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship that we've created through the years. Until then, please stay safe and have a happy and healthy holiday season.
                                 Erika Engstrom
Special thanks to Scott Johnson and the UK Department of Communication

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