BY: SAM OLDENBURG
PHOTO BY: JACOB HILL
The Fleischaker-Greene Scholars program at Western Kentucky University brings together top students in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting to investigate a different topic each year. Our most recent topic was “Agriculture: From Farm to Fork.”
The class, designed for advanced honors students, draws young journalists with expertise in all kinds of media: photography, video, writing and more. We study and apply the freedoms promised in the First Amendment, especially freedom of the press. This class receives special support through the generosity of Jon Fleischaker and Kim Greene, noted First Amendment attorneys in Louisville, Ky.
In 2009, our inaugural year, 11 students produced “American Dreams: Immigrants and Refugees in South Central Kentucky.” The students documented how the arrival of thousands of refugees and immigrants has transformed our community of Bowling Green, Ky., from a sleepy Southern college town to a small city teeming with diversity. The foreign-born population in Bowling Green has increased 17-fold since 1980, growing from 247 to an estimated 4,420 in 2005-2007, according to U.S. Census data.
The students traveled as far as Chicago to work on their stories and dealt with issues ranging from language barriers to tracking down public records. Click here to see all all their stories, photos and videos.
In 2010, 11 student journalists worked together to produce a wide range of stories about agriculture in America and around the world. Click here to learn more about this year’s students.