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Centre College Students Present Journalism Class Web Project

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

Bill Goodman, redoubtable KET Public Affairs television producer and host of Kentucky Tonight, One-to-One, Education Matters, and many special programs, led 23-students in a three-week Centre College class in January titled, “Politics and Journalism in the Age of Social Media.” Always on the lookout for new and important developments, Bill is especially enthusiastic about education and students.

To help prepare a special project for his course, Bill met with Helen Morrison and Jeff Gray of KET to organize a class visit to KET’s Media Lab for an introduction to online tools and resources for collecting and sharing information via the Web — from video production to statistics, surveys and polls. Bill’s class used several of the resources in their class projects.

In the”Bill’s Eye blog article describing his Centre College teaching experience, Bill gives an overview of the aim of his class and its special final project:

Through these discussions I wanted the class to think critically about how journalism has changed in the past few decades. I asked the students to ponder questions about the ethics and values of news reporting today, and how social media and journalism overlap. I was also curious about why their generation doesn’t seem to embrace traditional news the way their parents and grandparents do.”

“The highlight of the term was a final project. I challenged the students to design a social media tool such as an app, Facebook page, website, or podcast that would provide voters with helpful, interesting, and factual information about this year’s race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat. You can see what one group of students came up with at

Here are Centre College students Sean Dunn, Jordan Shewmaker, Mary Tanner, Mary Burger, and Haley Hoffman at KET’s Media Lab presenting their group’s final project: a public service website about the upcoming 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky. Their project website, The Horse Race, is a unique online service that shares important and useful information about the  candidates in order to help Kentucky voters make better informed decisions affecting the future of the commonwealth and the nation. Bill’s students were impressive and encouraging.

Lincoln County High Media Students Visit KET, Meet the Pros

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0077a Ms. Natalie Sutton (turquoise top) recently brought her Lincoln County High School students to the KET Media Lab for a workshop in basic video editing and greenscreen effects. After the workshop, they toured KET’s multimedia production facility.

Pictured above is the class meeting KET public affairs program producer-hosts Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw (far right). Bill is shaking hands with Lincoln County High student, Chance Bender, a Bill Goodman fan. Chance, who wants to become a lawyer, watches Bill’s weekly public affairs program, Kentucky Tonight. Overhearing the introductions, KET producer Erin Lowry found in her database that during the January 28, 2013 program, Chance sent a question via Twitter to the panel  discussing Kentucky’s high school dropout age: “What’s the savings associated with leaving the dropout age at 16?” (38 min. 40 sec. in)

We at KET are always encouraged by the creative enthusiasm of our visiting Kentucky students and teachers, and were especially impressed by Chance Bender and Ms. Natalie Sutton’s class from Lincoln High.


If you’d like to bring your Kentucky public, private, or homeschool student group to Lexington for a free KET Media Lab workshop in multimedia production and a tour of KET, please contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.

Remembering Ed McGuire, KET Education Consultant

Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

Ed McGuire, formerly a regional KET Education Consultant for 25 years, died recently and is fondly remembered by KET staff and many Kentucky school teachers and students he visited and helped along the way. Ed was a very friendly man with a big radio voice who always assisted schools as much as he could. An early proponent of educational television resources for the classroom and of student video production, Ed was even known to wire schools by himself for sharing educational programs over classroom televisions.

Ms. Linda Childress, a former music teacher at Cub Run Elementary in Hart County, emailed us the other day saying how saddened she and others were at hearing of Ed’s passing, recalling him as a very helpful and kind man. She added that her students had recently featured Ed in a WCUB newscast.

Ms. Childress recalled that in 1994, Ed had helped her establish the Cub Run WCUB student news program. Ms. Stephanie Hensley, Ms. Childress’ niece and the current music teacher at Cub Run Elementary, was at that time in 7th grade at Cub Run and was a presenter in the first news broadcasts over their new school audio-visual system in 1995.

Today, the weekly student WCUB news program of school and community news continues, jointly directed by Ms. Childress, Ms. Hensley, and Ms. Alicia Estes, the school library media specialist. WCUB’s weekly newscasts are also shared over local cable-tv to community homes, and selected videos are available for viewing online at Cub Run Elementary’s school WCUB website.

Pictured above with seated 8th grade newscast anchors are l-r, Alicia Estes, Stephanie Hensley, and Linda Childress — WCUB joint-directors.

Here’s the full WCUB newscast, and here’s an earlier KET MediaWorks blog article on a visit to Cub Run Elementary and their video production program.

Along with other KET Education Consultant media pioneers, Ed McGuire was largely responsible for establishing why we at KET continue to be so warmly welcomed when visiting Kentucky schools. Many of us will always remember him as a gentle and caring man who gave generously of himself and his time in serving schools and making friends.

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