College Heights Herald
|Owner(s)||Western Kentucky University|
|Founded||Jan. 29, 1925|
|Headquarters||Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky USA|
|Website||College Heights Herald|
The College Heights Herald is the student newspaper of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It is free and distributed throughout the campus and city. The school provides professional staff support and facilities for the newspaper but does not exercise editorial control. Called the Herald or the WKU Herald for short, the publication is supported through the sale of advertising and is entirely student-run.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Herald print edition is published Tuesdays and has a circulation of about 7,000, which reaches a campus community of about 20,000. It is distributed to more than 100 locations on campus and in Bowling Green. WKUHerald.com, the Herald's digital presence, is updated multiple times daily throughout the year.
The Herald's website, WKUHerald.com, features all paper content in a digital format, as well as multimedia such as videos, photo galleries, and audio slideshows. The website serves as a way to release breaking news and allow readers to interact through online comments. WKUHerald is published on the BLOX platform by TownNews.com. WKUHerald.com uses an flexible format that adapts to the user's device, whether it's a desktop, tablet or mobile phone.
Over the years, the Herald has garnered numerous national, regional and state honors. The newspaper has been the recipient of 17 ACP Pacemaker awards, the highest award given to collegiate newspapers (1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1998–2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017 and 2018), as well as multiple Gold Crown Awards and three Silver Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).
Other awards include being named the best non-daily student newspaper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists and 12 General Excellence Awards from the Kentucky Press Association, the most recent in 2014, 2015 and 2016.