From the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, School of Journalism & Telecommunications, College of Communication & Information:
A check for $500 awaits the student who can best explain whether Kentucky should require candidates to be responsible for the claims they and their allies make in political advertising.
As part of the university’s celebration of the Constitution, the Office of the President, the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, are sponsoring an essay contest for undergraduate students.
“This essay contest is a great way for our undergraduates to be actively involved in Constitution Day at UK,” said Randolph Hollingsworth, assistant provost in the Division of Undergraduate Education. “Civic engagement is a hallmark of our University’s mission, and this scholarly and creative activity will encourage our students to apply their learning within a contemporary context.”
“The privileges we have as citizens are not enjoyed by people in other countries,” said Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. “This essay challenge will give students an opportunity to learn more about those liberties established in our Constitution and how important it is to protect them.”
The university will award $1,000 – $500, $300 and $200 – to the top three essayists and a copy of James Madison and The Struggle for the Bill of Rights to three honorable mention winners. Professor Richard Labunski of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications is the author of the book.
The essay, which cannot exceed 750 words, must address this issue:
|The 2015 race for governor is well under way, and as was to be expected, the TV advertising offers a lot more heat than light. In other words, voters are learning less about the issues and witnessing more of the dirt the candidates are shoveling at each other. Address two questions:
The deadline for submitting an entry is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. The essays will be blind-judged by former UK journalism students who are lawyers, UK professors and media law professors at other universities. The winners will be announced the First Amendment Celebration, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Alumni Auditorium of the William T. Young Library.
Jon Fleischaker, who helped draft Kentucky’s open records and open meetings laws and is the attorney for the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, will deliver the 10th annual State of the First Amendment Address after the awards are presented.
More information about the essay contest is available on the university’s eLearning portal (https://uk.instructure.com/enroll/8E383D), including all the rules and the rubric by which the essays will be graded. All essays must be submitted online. Entrants should include only their student identification number on the essay.
Constitution Day, created in 2004 by an act of Congress, mandates that all publicly funded schools provide educational programming on the history of the U.S. Constitution, which was adopted by delegates to the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787.
This year’s Constitution Day at UK is Thursday, September 17th (see more at http://www.uky.edu/UGE/constitution-day). Under direction of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, the Division of Undergraduate Education (UGE) has led the charge in organizing the many different events – “Learning, Leadership and Civic Engagement.” UGE has teamed with various student and campus organizations to promote civic engagement and learning and to celebrate our rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens.