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2008-2009 Kernel staff

Posted in Kernel on April 11, 2008 by lenscapremoved

2008-2009 Editors of the Kentucky Kernel

Brad Luttrell – Editor-in-Chief

Blair Thomas – Managing Editor
Eric Lindsey – Managing Editor / Projects
Britney McIntosh – Mixed Media Editor / Projects

Jill Laster – News Editor
Katie Saltz – Assistant News Editor

Travis Waldron – Sports Editor
Kenny Colston – Assistant Sports Editor / Score Editor

Whitney Waters – Features Editor

Allie Garza – Photo Editor
Emily Coovert – Assistant Photo Editor

Laura Pepper – Design Editor


You’re gonna be remembered for the things that you said and do

Posted in Diary, Kernel with tags on April 7, 2008 by lenscapremoved

It’s the question I hadn’t answered for myself. I left it out of my application as well. That same question was the one that I knew would be the easiest to start the interview off.


Why do you want to do this job? Why would you want to take on this much responsibility? Why would anyone want to be held accountable for an entire publication’s actions? Just why?

Because I can make a difference.

For as long as I can remember I have known I was going to go to the University of Kentucky. For my three years at UK I have been working for what is one of the greatest newspapers in the country. It has been an honor to work for this publication. And it’s the greatest honor I have ever received to be named editor-in-chief.

The reporter working on the announcement story asked me if I ever dreamed that I would be sitting there, upcoming editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel. If that was ever my aspiration. I just told him the truth. No. My goal has been to do the best at whatever job I was doing. I always saw myself as a behind the scenes work horse of the Kernel.

Some of my friends/coworkers really questioned me when I said I was going for editor-in-chief. Some even discouraged it. That’s their own feelings about it though. I feel I can do something for this paper. I can not only leave my mark, but help the Kernel communicate better to our audience.

But with my vision of the Kernel going to a new Web site and a new print design, I know there is a lot to be said about what WE will be doing. I can’t do this without the help of our staff. I am accountable, but we are all responsible to get the job done. And I think we are all very capable of that and more.

I am so honored. I thank everyone from the meeting for approving me to help guide the Kernel next year. I thank everyone who I have worked with over the past three years to get the experience necessary to take on the job. And most of all I thank all of those who will be working with me next year and have given me their blessing.

While tonight was a big night for me, this isn’t about me. It’s about what we can do together. I’m very excited for what we’re going to accomplish next year. I hope you are too.

In honor of Mr. Wildcat

Posted in Kernel, University of Kentucky on April 2, 2008 by lenscapremoved

This vigil formed only 2 1/2 hours after Bill Keightley died. The man was a link between the generations, and my favorite person on any UK team.



Story by Eric Lindsey | Kernel staff

They were “his boys.”

The ones who were there with Bill Keightley before every game, before every practice, before a lot of the players, coaches and trainers got there. The ones who helped Keightley push the towel cart and who got the jerseys and equipment ready for the players and coaches when they needed a hand.

Generations of managers like Zach Murphy, Dustin Marr and Will Campbell have shuffled through the halls of Rupp Arena with the upbeat Keightley by their side.

And when the basketball team opens its season next year for Big Blue Madness, another group of managers will once again do their job as Keightley did with such effortless enthusiasm over the last five decades.

But Keightley’s seat will be noticeably empty. The always infectious grin that smiled upon UK basketball for years will be gone. And the managers will carry on, remembering and honoring the man that taught them how to act like men.

“He taught us things that we will take with us for the rest of our lives,” said Murphy, a senior. “It helped us as a group to mature and brought us close together. He was really like a father figure to us.”

Keightley, affectionately known as “Mr. Wildcat,” died on Monday in Cincinnati while making his annual trip to the Cincinnati Reds’ season opener. He fell while getting off a bus at Great American Ball Park and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

Internal bleeding from a previously undiagnosed tumor on his spine caused his death, according to doctors at the hospitals.

Gillispie, the players and the managers sat together in front of reporters yesterday at a news conference to talk about a man who “made a difference in so many peoples’ lives on a daily basis,” Gillispie said.

“It didn’t matter how old you were, it didn’t matter how young you were, it didn’t matter what, he was something else,” a soft-spoken Gillispie said. “We all have been lucky enough to have a great example of someone that showed us what having the spirit of life means, and that person celebrated life on a daily basis. You never want those lives to end.”

As Gillispie and senior guards Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford spoke during the 20-minute news conference, Murphy sat to the side with the other managers as he tried to fight back tears.

All three managers – who, like the UK players, were called Keightley’s boys – said they could always go to Keightley with any problems they had and he would be there to offer support.

“It didn’t matter what time of day you walked into his office, his face just lit up when he was with you, and it lifted your spirits,” said Marr, a senior. “You forgot about all of your worries when you went to Mr. Keightley’s office. It was kind of our escape from the outside world.”

Gillispie said Keightley offered that same uplifting spirit and support to the players and coaches throughout this season as he often did in his 48 years as equipment manager. At first, Gillispie could not figure out why everybody, young and old, was so quick to gravitate to Keightley when he entered the room.

It didn’t take him long to understand.

“I wanted to spend all my time with Mr. Keightley, and everybody does,” Gillispie said.

In their four years at UK, Bradley and Crawford have been around Keightley more than any of the current coaches or other players. During their four up-and-down seasons at UK, the two said there would be times when they did not want to practice because they were having a tough day.

But Keightley would quickly put a smile on his face, said Bradley, who referred to Keightley as “Big Smooth.”

“If I was upset or feeling some kind of way, when you walked in he was going to grab you and hold you real tight and tell you, ‘You’re my boy Little Smooth,’ ” Bradley said. “He made me feel like I was his favorite, and this thing about it is, he made everyone feel like that.”

Many of the people who were close to Keightley said his love and affection for his Cats came second-to-none. At one point this season, Keightley broke down in tears after a short-handed UK team suffered a three-point loss to the then No. 1 team in the nation, Tennessee.

“He was crying like a baby because he was so proud of his Wildcats,” Gillispie said.

Gillispie said he’s not sure what next year’s opening night will be like without Keightley, but said everybody needs to find a way to make it a celebration. Some have already proposed that UK should keep Keightley’s seat at the end of the bench empty.

The school retired a jersey in Keightley’s honor in 1997, making him one of only two non-players and non-coaches to receive the honor (legendary radio broadcaster Cawood Ledford was the other).

“But that’s not nearly enough,” Gillispie said. “I think over time the right people will remove some of the emotion and make a great decision about what needs to be done to continue his honor.”

Until then, the players, the coaches and the managers – “the boys” Keightley worked with everyday – will try to carry on without a man who became synonymous with UK basketball during his 48 years with the program.


Kickin’ it with Smooth

Posted in basketball, Kernel, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, University of Kentucky on April 2, 2008 by lenscapremoved

It was one of those assignments that you see and instantly call dibs.

Beat writer Travis Waldron told me he would be hanging out with UK basketball star Ramel Bradley while he polished off his single before releasing it and I knew this was an assignment I wanted. I spent all of my days in high school recording music and I still love music studios. The whole process is very similar to writing a story in that you take time fixing all the little details until it’s as far as you can take it.

I ‘m also a Ramel fan. He plays with a lot of heart and I admire that about him. Also, if you have ever seen his news conferences then you know how well he handles himself. So the chance to combine music, Ramel and photography was an obvious choice.


The challenging part of assignments like this one is to find a shot that is different from what everyone else is going to have. Everyone you see in the photo above besides Ramel is with the media. I shot this frame only to show the setting. Former Kernel photo adviser Dave LaBelle always told me not to just get caught up in the subject, but to take a step back and look at the media madness your subject draws. I think that’s good advice.


The only problem with some of the photos you pull from one of these shoots is that they’re basically completely staged for the media. I doubt Ramel would have been in this situation if it weren’t for the half a dozen media outlets who were covering this one song recording. But that’s part of what our audience wants to see with this story, Ramel off the court. I just try to keep in mind what my goals are. To show the audience a true representation of a scenario they can’t get to themselves.

Please check out the mixed media piece to get the full experience.

While the opinions on this blog are the best, they do not represent that of the Kentucky Kernel. All photos are property of the Kentucky Kernel. If you’re interested in purchasing photos comment and let me know.

I could do that for a while

Posted in Diary, friends, Kernel, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism on March 31, 2008 by lenscapremoved

New technology

For the past month I have been putting much of my photography emphasis on learning video.

To some I suppose it’s not even the same thing, but I see them to be very similar. What I’m quickly learning though is all the ways they are not similar, and possibly why many photojournalists are not happy with trying to do both.

On Saturday when Hillary Clinton came to Louisville, I new this was a great opportunity to truly test out my new found abilities. I was very excited to use all of the Kernel’s new gear. What I had only thought about for a few short moments was how hard it would be to carry all of this gear.

Walking into the high school gymnasium, I looked at Juliann, the reporter for the story, and said, “It’s really here. That whole convergence thing is real. A newspaper photographer looks just like a broadcast cameraman.” It was a feeling I thought I wouldn’t experience for several years. But after only a few seconds of the feeling of awe, I was back into storytelling mode and not caring what my appearance was.

I am not ashamed to admit that most of my video did not turn out nearly as good as I had hoped. I felt like a new photographer when I was having focusing problems. But I toughed it out and managed to get enough to make a three minute mixed media piece for us out of what I shot.

Being in the presence of a presidential candidate

I was actually surprised at the liberty the media had at this event. After going through a security checkpoint that is only a bit tighter than what I go through to get into Rupp Arena, we basically had free reign. For the three hours I was in the gym waiting for Hillary to come out, I was beginning to feel as anxious as the crowd. Not because I just wanted to shoot the assignment, but because I realized the significance of the event I was covering.

I enjoy the challenge of trying to make a photograph that is different from the one everyone else is going to make. I really worked this situation below, but just didn’t have a long enough lens to get the moment. I thought the younger child’s facial expression was so great and his body language was screaming that he was uninterested. I also really wanted to catch Hillary’s feet at the perfect moment when you could tell that this speaker was a woman. I think it’s even better that you can see the mom making eye contact with Hillary. But this is generally the type of photograph that just doesn’t work with the story, and never makes it to print. It did make it to our slideshow though. Check it out at the mixed media page.


Thinking about the future

If I ever worked for a bureau and was asked to follow a political campaign across the country, I decided yesterday that it’s something I would like to do. Maybe it’s because I have only recently truly started caring about politics, but I saw so many photographs that I wanted to take and think I could work better, now knowing what one of these events can be. This was so different from governor and mayor elections.

I think being behind-the-curtain with such a big name as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John McCain could produce some really great photographs that you only get the chance to do if you’re assigned to that candidate. Pete Souza’s photographs of Ronald Reagan are fantastic.

I just can’t see myself being able to turn an opportunity like that down.

Yes it was

Posted in Kernel, Louisville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism on March 30, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Blogger Note: I’m not going to keep going for so long without posting. I don’t learn as much when I’m not blogging. You guys teach me so much about my own work and what it should be. I promise to resume my blog full speed this week. If I don’t let me know. I will be letting you know.

This was the best assignment I have gotten to shoot in a long time.

Hillary Clinton came to Louisville yesterday to pick up where her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, had left off last week. Instead of a thoughtful essay that’s written well about what I learned, I thought I would just bullet it so you don’t have to pick through all of my b.s. ideas.

  • An apparent local photographer grossed me out yesterday. He walked down from the media platform and into the pit where all of the supporters were cheering and throwing signs in the air. He asked a supporter to move from one side to the other so he could get his shot. He told the guy he was in the way of the media.This is unacceptable folks! The media are there because this matters to the people we’re communicating to. The supporters are not there to make our pictures better. We are documenting this event. If you can’t see because of a supporter, that’s your fault. You shouldn’t have picked that spot.
  • Julie and I were talking and we both agree we would love to follow a campaign across the country. It would be so great to be a campaign photographer or reporter. The challenge of trying to find what makes each speech different, or where the new photo is would be tremendous. If I ever get this opportunity I will surely jump on it.
  • Another broadcast photographer was kind enough to move his whole set up about a foot to the right so I would have room to stand on the press area. In no way did he need to do that, because he had spent an hour and a half setting up and I hadn’t. This was all too kind, and he is the guy that keeps me from being pissed off at the entire broadcast media.
  • In general I have found through three years of shooting events where media flock that newspaper photographers in Kentucky have a similar outlook to the one that I have. Let’s help each other out and not be jerks about the information we have. Mark Cornelison and the rest of the H-L staff prove that idea every time I see them. That’s appreciated.

Anyways, here are the photos. Which of these first two do you like more?




The opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Kentucky Kernel. What is that of the Kernel are the photos on here, so don’t take them.

Tyler takes it

Posted in Kernel, lexington, photography, photojournalism, University of Kentucky on March 28, 2008 by lenscapremoved

In Keith’s case, he got a portfolio, award-winning photograph out of an SG election.

My first trip my freshman year failed me, as I think it was the first time I had ever used a flash. I got a crash course from Keith during the three minute walk to the presidential announcement. This year, when I’m comfortable with my gear and completely prepared, there wasn’t much of a celebration. Tyler was the only candidate running, so the photo below was about as much celebration as I could ask for.


The photo below has more emotion. This girl has tears in her eyes, but I’m not sure if she lost a senate position, won it or is just happy. I have her information and could look it up but I really don’t think this picture is worth the caption info.