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Kentucky Kernel Goes Digital Only for Rest of Semester, Last Print Edition Out Today

photo of Kernel's front page for last printed paper of the semester.  It says "A semester we'll never forget"
The last print issue of the Kentucky Kernel for the rest of this semester is out today, and it can be viewed online at The Kernel offers news 24/7 on its website.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2020) With the majority of students leaving the University of Kentucky campus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the Kentucky Kernel will be running one more print edition this academic year, and after that, the student newspaper will be fully online for the rest of the semester.

"For this unprecedented moment, the Kernel staff decided to turn out one more print newspaper to be distributed on-campus for those students who are moving out and for those faculty that have to continue to work on campus,” said Rick Childress, Kernel editor. “The paper was remotely produced. Those delivering the paper will wear gloves and will do their best to observe social distancing from others.”

The print edition is out today, Tuesday, March 24. For those who are not on campus, the digital “issuu” version can be viewed here: For the rest of the semester, the Kernel will also offer these digital editions on issuu each week. The Kernel will continue to publish stories online at, and it will continue to communicate through social media and its email blasts. To sign up for an email blast, visit: You can also follow the Kernel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“I’m not sure if at any time in the Kernel’s more than century-long history has the newspaper been forced to stop printing in the middle of a school year. But with students leaving campus and with local businesses barred from incoming foot traffic, the print Kernel no longer has a place to land,” Childress said.

He expects the newspaper’s online to be as busy as ever.

“The Kernel will continue to deliver its 24/7 daily online coverage and is going to ramp up our output of email newsletters so that no matter where you’re waiting out this pandemic, you can still stay up to date on University of Kentucky news,” Childress said. “This pandemic will undoubtedly create new challenges for the university and its students that the Kernel, as the university’s independent student newspaper, will be specially equipped to tell.”

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.