Kentucky’s student journalists honored at annual press conference

Eastern Progress staff show off awards earned at the 150th annual KPA Convention

Eastern Progress staff take home reporting awards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Student journalists from around Kentucky, including staffers of Eastern Kentucky University’s Eastern Progress, were recognized at Kentucky Press Association conference as the organization’s Most Valuable Members.

An award usually given to professionals at news outlets in Kentucky, outgoing KPA president Peter Baniak, editor at the Lexington Herald-Leader, and other board members honored student journalists of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association. Baniak, in his remarks at the awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 25, in Louisville, said student journalists are demanding accountability of higher education institutions.

“In other words, Kentucky’s student journalists are raising hell,” Baniak said. “I love it, and it gives me great hope for the future of journalism.”

Eastern Progress editor-in-chief Collin Overton accepted the paper’s award on the staff’s behalf.

“This past year EKU has demanded a lot from us, whether it be just reporting the facts or holding the institution accountable,” Overton said. “In the budget crisis we had to report the impact, but we also had to keep an eye on the decision-making process.”

“It's good to see KPA recognize student work," adviser Tricia Fulks Kelley said. "The students are the ones on the front lines serving as watchdogs for their campus communities."

Progress staffers also brought home awards for their reporting and writing in 2018:The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Peter Baniak presents Eastern Progress editor-in-chief with the most valuable member award

● First Place - Jennifer K. Perkins
    Best Enterprise or Analytical Story
● Second Place - Jennifer K. Perkins
    Creative Use of Multimedia
● Second Place – Collin Overton
    Best General News Story
● Second Place – Sarah Kelley
    Best Column

Perkins’ second place prize was awarded for her dogged reporting of budget cuts and meetings related to those.

“We didn’t really look at it as ‘raising hell’,” Perkins said. “We looked at it as simply doing our jobs.”

Overton, Perkins and Kelley were in attendance at the 150th anniversary convention of the Kentucky Press Association. Dr. Deborah Givens, chair of the EKU Department of Communication; Zachary Combest, Progress sports editor; Samantha Tamplin, Progress features editor; Emily Patrick, former features editor and current contributor; Joseph Steele, Progress visuals director; and Emma C. Garness, Progress design editor, were also present.



Published on March 04, 2019