University of Kentucky official who banned student sportswriter from Media Day a no-show at forum

Lexington Herald-Leader | Kentucky Kernel

University of Kentucky athletics department spokesman DeWayne Peevy, who revoked a student basketball writer's Media Day pass for conducting "unauthorized" interviews with two players last month, was supposed to explain his actions at an SPJ forum on Monday but canceled on Friday. Veteran sportswriter Billy Reed said Peevy’s absence was a sign of disrespect toward the panel and the student newspaper, and added that the athletic department PR man “is far exceeding his authority for setting policy on how reporters collect information for a story."

Kentucky Kernel's editor-in-chief, Taylor Moak says of the brouhaha:

For UK Athletics to tell us we can't talk to another student in essence because we're journalists, I think that's crazy. Any student on campus can go up and talk to them or Facebook them or tweet them.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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