LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2021) — Kentucky Kernel Editor-in-Chief Natalie Parks, a University of Kentucky English main, positioned fourth within the Hearst Sports Writing Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. In addition to being acknowledged amongst high journalists within the nation, Parks has obtained a $1,000 scholarship.

In a story titled “Breaking down the UK cheerleading hazing investigation,” Parks investigated the 2020 UK cheerleading probe that resulted in termination of the cheerleading coaches. Her story mentioned UK’s choice to show administration of the cheerleading program over to the UK Athletics Department and analyzed the stories in query.

Although honored to win a Hearst Award, Parks says that she needs Kernelites’ work to be appreciated by the neighborhood. “Awards are announced once or twice a year, but we put in the work day in and day out,” Parks stated. “I would much rather know that the Kernel makes a difference to our community than I would win any award.”

Ryan Craig, scholar media advisor for the Kentucky Kernel and KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion, stated that Parks’ work is a “classic example of Natalie taking a breaking news story that was about sports and making it understandable to anyone who read it. She showed a lot of skill in her fact gathering to be able to write on such a complicated matter in such a short period of time. Both the readers of the Kernel and the UK community should be proud of the work she does.” 

Parks additionally congratulates fellow Kernelites Arden Barnes and Bailey Vandiver, who each gained Hearst Awards in February.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was based as a strategy to help and help journalism schooling on the collegiate degree. The program awards scholarships to college students with excellent efficiency in divisions together with writing, photojournalism, audio, tv, and multimedia competitions. To enter any competitors hosted by the Hearst Awards, college students have to be concerned in campus media and should have printed articles, pictures or newscasts that may be submitted.

The School of Journalism and Media is a part of the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information. The Department of English is within the College of Arts and Sciences on the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Kernel and Student Media are additionally housed within the College of Communication and Information.


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