Mike Farrell named interim director at UK Journalism School

The official announcement might have been made in another way but those attending the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon last Friday got the news through a page in the program.

“Please welcome the new

Interim Director of the

School of Journalism and Media

Dr. Mike Farrell”

The day was a two-fold celebration for Mike who is also the director of the school’s Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. He was one of the nine inductees into the Hall of Fame that day.

Mike Farrell

Using his bio for the award presentation, I’ll introduce Mike, er., Dr. Farrell, to you as the new J-School interim director, this way:

A a full professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky, a thought leader in journalism ethics and former managing editor of The Kentucky Post in his hometown of Covington he has had one of the most diverse and successful careers in Kentucky journalism. At the Post in 1997-2006 he was a reporter and editor before 11 years as managing editor, when the paper won many awards. In 1997, he began teaching at UK, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees. He has been his college’s outstanding teacher and one of the nation’s outstanding faculty advisers served on the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee when it rewrote SPJ’s Coe of Ethics, co-created SPJ’s Black Hold Award for violations of open-government laws; wrote and edited chapters in a leading book on media law and ethics, co-founded the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and its NKYTribune; and writes for KyForward.com

Lars Willnat who has served as director of the UK School of Journalism and Media for the past 18 months has accepted a position at Syracuse University.

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