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The center, located in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism, affirms the fact that community and communication are inseparable; you cannot have community without communications. The director of the center is Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at K-State.

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Bonita Gooch to Deliver 19th Annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media

         Bonita Gooch, editor and publisher of The Community Voice in Wichita, will deliver the 19th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on Feb. 14 at Kansas State University. 

          Her lecture, “The Grind: Using Journalism as a Community Builder,” will be at 9:30 a.m. in Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union. “More than reporting the news, community newspapers can play a role in strengthening the communities they serve,” Gooch said.

With its slogan — “A trusted voice from the community’s perspective” — she and her team at the biweekly newspaper have spent the last 24 years gaining and using that trust to help educate, connect and build African-American communities across Kansas. 

                  Gooch also will participate in a 10:30 a.m. panel discussion about minority voices in the news. The panel will follow the lecture and is also free and open to the public. Panelists will include Gooch, Clara Reyes and Diana Reyes Raymer of Reyes Media Group (Dos Mundos; LA X 1250-AM; La Grande 1340-AM; and ESPN Deportes Kansas City 1480-AM) in Kansas City, Bryan Richardson of the Manhattan Mercury, and Mara Rose Williams of the Kansas City Star. Rafael Garcia, senior in journalism and mass communications, will moderate the panel.

Richard Baker, recently-retired associate professor and news director of the K-State Radio Network, and Clara Reyes, editor and publisher of Dos Mundos in Kansas City, will be honored as Huck Boyd Community Journalists of the Year at the luncheon following the panel discussion. This award is given by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media and the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.

A Wichita native, Gooch left home after high school and returned 23 years later. Since November 1996, she’s worked to grow The Community Voice newspaper from a fledgling publication to a force within the state of Kansas. When her family purchased the paper, it was a small monthly publication with limited distribution. Under her leadership, the paper’s distribution has grown into one of the state’s largest-circulation non-daily newspapers.

Gooch increased the publication’s frequency from monthly to bi-weekly, but is most proud of the reputation the paper has developed across the state for quality and integrity in journalism.

Gooch actively participates in a large number of events across the state. When issues impact the community both directly and indirectly, she can be found attending city, county, school and state governmental meetings.  The important issues from these meetings often find their way onto the pages of The Community Voice, as news pieces or as the subject of editorials.

Gooch received her B.S. in journalism and a master’s in public administration, with an emphasis in urban management, from the University of Kansas.

Gooch is a single mother of a young independent daughter who resides in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, running, listening to R&B, jazz and classical music, letting loose on a dance floor, gardening, reading a good book, traveling and enjoying the silence. 

Gooch’s lecture, the panel discussion and the luncheon are sponsored by the Huck Boyd center in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

“McDill ‘Huck’ Boyd was a great believer in preserving small towns and small-town media, and this lecture series in his name helps highlight the importance of community journalism in Kansas and across the nation,” said Gloria Freeland, director of the center and assistant professor in journalism and mass communications.

To become a patron of the Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media series or for information about luncheon tickets, please contact Freeland: gfreela@ksu.edu.


The Huck Boyd Lecture

Above, K-State Instructor of hospitality management and diatetics Jane P. Marshall, instructor in hospitality management and dietetics talks with a member of the audience after her Huck Boyd lecture on her cookbook, “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table.” Wilma Moore-Black, assistant director and curriculum coordinator of the TRIO Communication Upward Bound program at Wichita State University, delivered a 2011 Huck Boyd lecture on "Promoting Pre-College Programs in Our Communities."