2018 KPA Most Valuable Member remarks by Peter Baniak
Every year, the outgoing KPA president gets to select a Most Valuable Member for the year. We’re doing things a little differently this year.
Kentucky college and university student journalists have had a remarkable run in recent years.
On multiple campuses, student journalists, with some financial support from KPA, are taking their administrations to court over failure to release open records on important issues like sexual harassment.
They are producing solid journalism that has won them Hearst Awards and Pacemakers and even an Associated Collegiate Press national reporter of the year.
Kentucky’s student journalists have pressed for and won open meetings and open records decisions against their administrations.
And they’ve fought back loudly as schools tried to cut or take their funding.
In other words, Kentucky’s student journalists are raising hell!
I love it, and it gives me great hope for the future of journalism.
So this year, it is my honor to name Kentucky’s student journalists as KPA’s Most Valuable Members. Please join me in recognizing all of the student journalists here with us tonight.
Editorial in Kentucky Kernel celebrates honor, Student Press Freedom Day