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David GOGUEN Associate Professor of Journalism “ I don’t really care if they remember certain facts and figures, I want them to have evolved in this program to where they know how to love. Love the community and love the world.” 10

David Goguen is more than an award-winning faculty member. He also is a mentor and someone who tries to get students to embrace the power of lifelong learning. An assistant professor of journalism, Goguen is in his ninth year at Lindsey Wilson College. He teaches a broad range of classes, including journalism, photography, communication and digital media. But he’s perhaps best known for being adviser of the college’s student newspaper, Raiderview. During his time at LWC, students on the Raiderview staff have won more than 200 state and national awards in journalism. Goguen attributes much of that success to the way LWC helps him create an engaging environment that shapes the culture of student journalism. “We started a culture of excellence,” he said. “In my first year at LWC we won six awards at the state level. We empowered the students by using a four-step approach. It’s the same approach I use in all my classes – we need to engage, evolve, empower and enlighten.” Raiderview has become one of the top student newspapers in its class in Kentucky. Among U.S. colleges and universities with 1,500-2,500 students, LWC students have placed first in three of the last four years in national journalism competition. “The students run the newspaper,” Goguen said. “I’m just an adviser. I don’t write for them, and I don’t lay it out for them. But I’m always there to encourage and answer questions and challenge them. Anything they’ve won has been because of them.” “We have a saying with Raiderview, ‘We don’t expect you to win a Pulitzer Prize on your first story, but by the second one you darn well should be nominated.’” Goguen said he enjoys more than just LWC’s journalism program. “I love all my classes,” he said. “I honestly do. Regardless of the class or discipline I’m teaching, my goal is at the end, I want them to be able to love. That’s all I want. Love another person, love a refugee far away, love your job, that’s all I want. I don’t really care if they remember certain facts and figures, I want them to have evolved in this program to where they know how to love. Love the community and love the world.” Graduates from Goguen’s media studies and journalism classes routinely go on to successful careers in the media. “Our students are working,” he said. “We have an over 90 percent employment rate in a challenging segment of the job market, which is the media. We have success because the students are well-prepared. We have comprehensive portfolios and websites for our students. I always tell them, ‘No portfolio, no Goguen discusses camera angles with business administration senior Avery Ford of Lexington Ky. on a photography class field trip to Grider Fantasy Farms in Columbia, Ky. job.’ It’s to the point now where I have places call me because they desire our graduates because they tend to be more downto-earth and well-prepared.” Goguen is also an accomplished writer, photographer and musician. He has had short fiction, photography and poetry published throughout, and his writing has won several awards. He said that being involved in the fields in which he teaches helps facilitate a better learning environment. “Millennial students are products of postmodernism, and postmodernism has given us many good things,” Goguen said. “One in particular being feminism and women’s studies courses. It comes from the whole idea of deconstructing things to get meaning. Millennials are naturally skeptical in a lot of ways, and that’s a good thing.” While there are many things Goguen loves about LWC, it’s clear his focus is on students. “They are my favorite thing about LWC. They’ve never let me down,” he said. “I believe in education as a process and not a product. And I love seeing the process play out with each and every student. I believe everyone has a unique learning personality and I try, even though I may not always succeed, to get a sense of every single person in the class. I love what I do. I’ve loved every minute of it.” 11

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