The University of Kentucky's media relations department keeps making the news. This time the department banned a Lexington Herald-Leader reporter for changing the wording of a question in a question/answer session with an athlete. The Herald-Leader admitted to its mistake and corrected it but that wasn't enough to keep the reporter from being banned. Earlier this fall, the media relations group banned a sports reporter from the student newspaper for interviewing an athlete without the
media relations' permission. This drew the wrath of numerous journalism groups. Sports information members should take the same approach referees take for a basketball or football game, or umpires for a baseball game — life is much better when you aren't noticed. Someone needs to point this fact out to the Kentucky media relations group. Read the Kentucky Kernel's story here.