Professional News

UK's Kyra Hunting Selected as Television Academy Foundation Fellow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) Kyra Hunting, assistant professor of media arts and studies at the University of Kentucky, has been selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2017 Faculty Seminar Program. Members of the Television Academy selected just 25 professors from colleges and universities nationwide for the annual program. 

The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development industries from top entertainment professionals during a weeklong Southern California seminar Nov. 6-10.

At the seminar, Hunting will learn from broadcast and cable networks’ programming and scheduling executives, legal experts and cutting-edge content creators. Private studio tours and trips to top Hollywood production facilities to meet with producers, observe production and firsthand updates on the latest in television technologies are also part of the program.

Hunting teaches courses on media industries, media criticism and children's media in the UK School of Journalism and Media, within the College of Communication and Information. Her current research projects include work on Twitter and celebrity activism as employed by the Ian Somerhalder Foundation; a study of gender in animated films; a study on the representation of education in kid's television; and work on how digital content delivery platforms intersects with cultural ideologies about gender.

First launched in 1987, the Television Academy Foundation's annual seminar offers faculty a comprehensive program designed to enhance knowledge and in turn enrich learning environments. The foundation was established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy and is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future.