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Fleischaker/Greene Scholars in First Amendment Studies

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The Fleischaker/Greene Scholars program provides students in the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting the opportunity to take an advanced special topics class once a year. Taught at the junior/senior level, this unique journalism class includes a field trip, a national speaker, a First Amendment module, a gallery exhibit and the development of a Web presentation. Emphasis is placed on using First Amendment tools, such as open records laws.

Field Trip

Each year, the Fleischaker/Greene Scholars take a field trip to report stories on a specific topic. Students help to create a gallery show and a Web-based multimedia presentation of their work.

National Speakers

The Fleischaker/Greene Scholars program welcomes nationally recognized journalism speakers each year to an open lecture on campus.

First Amendment First Forum

Scholars participate in an annual campus event celebrating the First Amendment and participates in activities involving freedom of speech and the press. During Forum the School presents a national award for First Amendment Activism.


Fleischaker/Greene Scholars is selected through an application process.



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For spring semester 2016, the Fleischaker/Greene Scholars topic will be "Power, Privilege & Democracy” and will give advanced students the opportunity to study issues related to race, gender and class in U.S. elections. The course will be co-taught by Dr. Saundra Ardrey in WKU Political Science  and African-American Studies departments and Journalism Professor Amanda Crawford in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.