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Journalism's Labunski Produces Video For Woodford Humane Society

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2011) — A University of Kentucky journalism professor has produced a video for the Woodford Humane Society (WHS), a Central Kentucky animal shelter that finds homes every year for almost a thousand dogs and cats.

[IMAGE1]Richard Labunski, who teaches media law in the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, attended this summer's Freedom Fest, WHS's most important fund-raising event. His 7-minute video features interviews with organizers, volunteers, and internationally known fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Badgley and Mischka held a fashion show during the event with models from a Lexington agency wearing some of their new designs.

WHS gets no government funding and has to raise more than half a million dollars a year to care for homeless animals.  Labunski's video, which was a gift to the humane society, will be used to help publicize WHS and attract sponsors to its events. 

On Sunday, Oct. 23, WHS will hold its annual Canine Olympics in Woodford County Park in Versailles.  For more information, see

Labunski, who joined the UK faculty in 1995, is a volunteer photographer for the humane society.  His photos are used on the WHS website and in various publications. 

The Freedom Fest video can be seen on YouTube.