Investigating Agriculture from Farm to Fork

As a part of the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars program, 11 Western Kentucky University journalism students spent their spring semester investigating agriculture. The hours were long, the issues were complex and the end result was Farm to Fork: an online magazine that … Continue reading

Teaching the truth about H1N1 with Block & Bridle pork chops

About once a month, Western Kentucky University students’ walk to class is interrupted from its usual serenity with a loud cry from halfway across campus: “PORK CHOP!!! GET YOUR PORK CHOPS!!!” The freshmen are usually shocked and confused by the … Continue reading

WKU: Promoting Agriculture Misconceptions Daily

Normally, I would hold my tongue.     Normally, I would cut them some slack, laugh it off, and go on with life pretending that whoever it was had not just made some ridiculous agriculture illiterate mistake.    This is an exception.      When I … Continue reading

Cargill made sure I didn’t get the PETA treatment

In April, my meat science class partnered with the beef production class at Western Kentucky University, loaded 40 college students on a charter bus, and headed west.  Dr. Gordon Jones, my meats professor and advisor, knows someone everywhere who has done something … Continue reading

WKU’s “altercation” illustrates danger of crowdsourcing

Journalism is an industry that doesn’t just strive for perfection, it insists upon it.  Sources are always verified, facts are double checked, and punctuation is perfect.  To me, the inclusion of crowdsourcing will make it harder for journalists to maintain … Continue reading