Covering My Alma Mater

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The University of Kentucky mascot is the Wildcat, pictured on-campus here.
The University of Kentucky mascot is the Wildcat, pictured on-campus here.

In August, I found out the University of Kentucky was suing its student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. The move is to block documents from a Title IX sexual assault investigation  from being released to the public. The story is very long, drawn out and horribly complicated…so, of course, we decided to pursue it. The story — Title IX Protects Identities But Can Complicate Justice — wasn’t easy to stomach, especially since I gave four years of my life to the University of Kentucky and am — most of the time — a proud alumna but I knew it was an important story that needed to be told. The piece took several months, a lot of hemming and hawing on our part, a lot of interviewing and re-interviewing people and running back and forth between our legal department and standards editor before we finally felt like we were in a comfortable place to air it. I am really pleased with how it turned out in the end. The trying and retrying of different non-traditional story methods was time consuming and I think I tracked and re-tracked about 5 times, but the end product is really good.