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Changes in Mass Communication planned to better prepare graduates

     To better prepare students for today’s job market, and what the future job market likely will be, and to provide students with hands-on experience in television at TV-4 and in radio at the campus station that will soon be on the air, several changes are being made in Mass Communication.
     While every major will be “tweaked,” most of the changes will be in Cinema/Television. The major will essentially become a broadcasting major with primary emphasis on television and radio. Some instruction will also be provided in social media and the creation of Web sites.
     Journalism and Public Relations programs will also change to provide students with exposure to broadcasting.



Stan McKinney, center, wears the Distinguished Professor stole given him by the Campbellsville University Advancement Board. From left are: Betty Hord Johnson, Gwinn Thompson Hahn and Sara Curry, members of the Advancement Board; McKinney; his wife, Joan McKinney, and daughter, Calen. In the back are Dr. Frnak Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedeny)

McKinney receives Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty

This story was written by Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator for the Office of University Communications.

Stan McKinney loves teaching journalism, photography and Mustangs. And his love of teaching earned him the Campbellsville University’s Advancement Board’s 18th Annual Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty April 28, 2010 at the university’s annual Honors and Awards Day.

The award is given annually to a faculty member who has excelled. Sara Curry, Gwinn Thompson Hahn and Betty Hord Johnson, members of the CU Advancement Board, made this year’s presentation.

McKinney was given the award by Curry, chair of the CU Advancement Board, who has worked on several boards with McKinney over the years. McKinney served 20 years as the chair of the Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration, and Curry worked with him on the board.

She said, “Stan is a beloved professor who values his students and who follows their careers and keeps up with their successes.”
Curry said the main criteria for the award is how a professor responds to students and how they respond to the professor.
“I’ve known Stan for years and years,” Curry said, “and I know of his devotion to the Fourth of July Celebration, to this community, and I know he is devoted to his students.”

She said the entire McKinney family including Stan’s wife, Joan, who is being honored for 30 years of service to CU on April 30, and his daughter, Calen, who is a CU graduate and an adjunct instructor, “is very devoted to this university.”

 Curry said McKinney has said the greatest compliment a student ever said to him was “You taught me to think.”
McKinney, who has taught at Campbellsville University ten years, said he was deeply honored to have received the award.

“I’m shocked,” McKinney said. “It’s a great honor to be a member of the Campbellsville University faculty.”
He received a Distinguished Professor stole and a check for $3,000. The Distinguished Professor stole is worn during official Campbellsville University academic occasions.

McKinney has taught reporting, photojournalism, desktop publishing, media ethics and a variety of other classes at Campbellsville University since becoming a full-time professor in 2000. Prior to that he was an adjunct professor for 13 years while working at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, the Campbellsville twice-weekly newspaper.

In 1996, McKinney received the Excellence in Teaching Award for adjunct faculty.

He has a bachelor’s of science and a master’s of science degree in journalism from Murray State University. He worked for almost 26 years as a reporter, photographer and editor for three different newspapers.

His first job was at The Sturgis News as a reporter. He then worked for The Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, Ky. for five years (where he met his wife) and afterward for 20 years as news editor at the CKNJ, where his daughter now works as a reporter.

He serves as adviser of the Campus Times, the CU newspaper, and he has written three textbooks on journalism and photography and a personal one on flower photography. He is working on another textbook now. He has worked with students to create several books highlighting the CU campus and also books on veterans.

He worked with CU and the Central Kentucky News-Journal to form the Stan McKinney Central Kentucky News-Journal Digital Image Collection, A.B. Colvin Baptist Collection and Archives, Montgomery Library, Campbellsville University. The collection has more than 100,000 images taken while he was news editor at the CKNJ. His love of Mustangs took him across country last year where he drove his 2007 Mustang through 11 states in 14 days, traveled 4,602 miles and took more than 2,000 photographs.

He exhibited those photos on campus in February. And, yes, he already has a new 2010 Mustang now.

In January, he completed a two-year membership on the Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors and is a former member of the Kentucky News Photographers Association. He is in his fourth term as a member of the Campbellsville City Council.

A native of Princeton, McKinney has lived in Campbellsville since 1980.

He is the son of Norvell McKinney of Princeton, Ky., and the late Gurtha May McKinney. He graduated from Caldwell County High School.

He is married to Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator at CU. They have a daughter, Calen, who’s grown up on the CU campus, is a graduate of CU, a reporter and photographer for the Central Kentucky News-Journal and is now teaching at CU as an adjunct communication instructor.

Campus Times wins first-place national award for sixth year in a row

For the sixth year in a row, the Campus Times has received a first-place award for overall content and quality from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The Campus Times received 945 points out of a possible 1,000, according to Dr. Richard M. Plass, chairman of the association.

The Campus Times competes in the national competition with college and university papers across the country with a circulation of 2,000 or less. The paper is evaluated in a variety of categories including content coverage, page design, general plan, art, advertising, illustrations, editing and creativity.

“You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the talents of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout designers and adviser,” said the judges for the contest. “Congratulations to all on your first-place award.”

“It’s always an honor to win an award,” said Stan McKinney, adviser of the Campus Times. “To receive six first-place awards in six years is remarkable. It is a testament to the hard work of our students and their talent.”

The award was for newspapers produced during the 2008-2009 academic year.


Stan McKinney writes article for Kentucky Humanities Council

     An article by Stan McKinney, assistant professor of journalism and lead professor for mass communication, appears in the October issue of the Kentucky Humanities Magazine, the state magazine of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

     The article details the partnership between the Central Kentucky News-Journal, where he was editor for more than 20 years, and the Montgomery Library to preserve the photographs he took during that time.

     The article focuses on the need for newspapers to preserve such images.

     McKinney’s 35mm negatives are being scanned and placed in a digital collection which the public ultimately will be able to access. At least 100,000 photos will ultimately be part of what officially will be known as the Stan McKinney Central Kentucky News-Journal Digital Image Collection, A.B. Colvin Baptist Collection and Archives, Montgomery Library, Campbellsville University.

     The collection includes images from all types of events – including tobacco fields, feature stories on individuals, car accidents, everyday life, fires – the stories that make the news. Several photos also appear in the magazine including many images of Campbellsville University.

     The article begins on page 20 of the magazine. You can read the article by clicking on the following link




In memoriam

     Angela Clark Davis, 36, a 1995 graduate of Campbellsville University with a major in journalism, died Feb. 19, 2009, in Louisville.

             Angela Clark Davis

    She was the wife of Jim Davis.

     Davis received the Journalism Award at Campbellsville University. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. Her husband, also a graduate of Campbellsville University, is employed by the portrait studio at Wal-Mart in Elizabethtown, Ky.

She was the daughter of Janet Carrol Campbell Clark and her husband, Gerald, who survives, as do a brother, Chris Clark and his wife, Shannon Thomas Clark, director of alumni relations at Campbellsville University and a 2002 graduate of the university with a double major in political science and journalism; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerald and Judy Davis; maternal grandmother, Mary Campbell; paternal grandmother, Ruby Clark; great-aunt, Dr. Beulah Campbell, all of Campbellsville, and other relatives and friends.

     Burial was in Brookside Cemetery in Campbellsville.

     Her husband can be reached at 513 Owl Creek Road, Campbellsville, Ky. 42718.

Students meet Governor at KPA convention 

     In what has become a yearly excursion, several mass communication students from Campbellsville University attended the day-long annual Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention, which was Jan. 23 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville.


    The convention provided an opportunity for students, journalists, public relations practitioners and photographers to attend seminars to discuss the current and future status of the media industry.

     Nine CU students spent the day interacting with potential employers, media professionals and peers from universities throughout Kentucky. They also attended seminars of their choice and participated in discussions where they were able to ask questions and share their own thoughts and opinions.

     The students also got to meet Gov. Steve Beshear at a luncheon.

     Posing for a photo with Gov. Steve Beshear, center, at the Kentucky Press Association Convention were, from left: Joan McKinney, Brian Carpenter, Andre Tomaz. Ashley Zsedenyi, Rachel Crenshaw, (Beshear), Lauren Shrader, Meredith Coffey, Christina Miller, Rashad Harrison, Hillary Wright and Stan McKinney.