If you were a student at UK in the 1962-63 school year, chances are Jack Guthrie ’63 CIS kept you abreast of the current news stories at UK, the nation and around the world as editor of the independent school newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.
Jack Guthrie was editor of the Kentucky Kernel during the 1962-63 school year. (Photo from The Kentuckian, 1963)
Under Guthrie’s charge, the Kernel reported on national issues such as the civil rights struggle and the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Kernel even initiated an editorial campaign that eventually led to the integration of athletics at UK, in spite of some strident opposition locally and throughout the Southeastern Conference.
Recently, as a way to give back to the newspaper that meant so much to him, Guthrie created a fund in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies to provide the equivalent of a full-tuition scholarship to future editors-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel.
“Being the editor of the Kernel is more than a full-time job,” Guthrie said. “It takes more than eight hours a day. When I was with the Kernel, we were here morning, noon and night. Throw in a couple of classes, and you don’t have time for a part-time job. If you do, then you’re really burning the candle at both ends.”
Becca Clemons, recently named editor for the 2012-13 school year, will be the scholarship’s first recipient.
“It’s already an incredible honor to be selected as editor-in-chief,” Clemons said. “This just makes it even more special.”
Guthrie, founder of Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations in Louisville, says he created the scholarship to make it easier for Kernel editors to dedicate themselves to the newspaper without having to worry about how to make ends meet, and to inspire more students to aspire to editorial leadership.
We think Jack Guthrie’s commitment to UK students is great! Also, Jack is involved with the UK Alumni Association. He served as president of the association in 1988.
*compiled from material written by Keith Hautala, UK PR and Marketing