Adviser’s Corner

News, notices, observations, and links from Student Media Adviser Tom Martin



What you need to know about the enemies of the American people the president warned you about


Western Kentucky University Could Take its Student Paper to Court

The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, is expecting a lawsuit any day now. But here’s the twist: the expected suit is coming from the university itself, marking the second time in recent history that a Kentucky university sued its own student newspaper.


Attorney general: WKU open records denials were illegal

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has found that Western Kentucky University officials acted illegally by turning down open records requests from two student newspaper representatives.


UK Wins Lawsuit Against The Kernel

The University of Kentucky has won its lawsuit against its own student newspaper, with a judge from Lexington ruling this week that the school was right to withhold documents about a sexual assault case involving a former professor.


Viewpoint: Student newspapers are struggling with their First Amendment rights

Resistance to divisive policy initiatives launched during the opening days of President Trump’s administration has tested the limits of how much speech the law will protect and public opinion will abide.

Nowhere is the tension greater than on the campuses of public colleges and universities, where policymakers are being called on to balance the rights of speakers against the demands of offended listeners – with the added complication of social-media platforms over which campuses may lack jurisdiction.


Why new journalism grads are optimistic about 2017

Al Tompkins conducted nine interviews with graduating seniors from schools large and small. They plan on working in radio, TV, online and print.


Ethics Watch: 

20th Century Fox Used Fake News to Publicize ‘A Cure for Wellness’

Fox used at least five fake news sites designed to look like local news media — The Sacramento Dispatch, Salt Lake City Guardian, Houston Leader, NY Morning Post and Indianapolis Gazette — to stir online outrage and drum up interest in the movie, which was produced by New Regency Productions and is to come out this week.


It’s a landmark on Transylvania’s campus. Was it more than just a cabin?

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen, a recent visitor to the Rambler’s weekly staff meeting, asks: “Could it be that the 238-year-old log cabin on Transylvania University’s campus housed the first school for black students in Kentucky?”


10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

Here are some new organizations, as well as a few established ones, that are working to uncover the truth.


Post truth or post trust?

We’ve entered an era in which even truth is distrusted. But it doesn’t have to look like a blind alley. “News literacy” is rapidly emerging as an essential skill for surviving in the 21st century.


How libraries can lead the way on media literacy

“Nothing less than our capacity for online civic reasoning is at risk.” – Sam Wineburg, professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education.


Connecting Transy with community and world 

world-1264062_1280Rambler editors and writers are looking for local, state, national and international news stories with potential connections to the campus community. See a current event that might be better understood with historical perspective? Or maybe you’ve heard about legislation passed in Frankfort or Washington and wonder about its implications. Whatever the topic, please feel welcome to send your idea for consideration to Student Media Adviser Tom Martin: If available, please include a link to the original article.