LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2021) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information is producing a new podcast pioneered by UK students Trace Williams, Michael Morgan and Trevor Payne. The podcast, “Breaking the Boundary,” emphasizes the need to shift the focus of unsolved global issues to a solution-oriented approach.
Produced by media arts and studies students in CI’s studio, “Breaking the Boundary” discusses the action needed to correct crises like the opioid epidemic, climate change and financial literacy.
Trace Williams, a May 2021 MAS graduate, hopes this podcast can reach all students on UK’s campus. “The ultimate goal is to work with students from every college, whether that be students from those colleges coming to talk about an issue that they are passionate about or helping behind the scenes.” Williams knew his MAS peers would boost this project, sharing the idea with CI.
“Trace and his teammates presented a great idea that would be helpful for a wide audience and our CI Studio production team wanted to make their message as good as possible,” said Nathan Stevens, lecturer in CI’s School of Journalism and Media. “We offered our CI Studio to help ease his production life so that he could focus on helping out with the show’s content, and the show turned out great.”
Williams and co-hosts, Lewis Honors students Michael Morgan and Trevor Payne, developed this idea under the inspiration of Patrick Walker, Lewis Honors College’s Ruth Jones Lewis Faculty Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. Williams and other student leaders adopted Walker’s goal of revitalizing campus through entrepreneurial mindsets, creating a student organization called No Limits Productions that focuses on the podcast and other campuswide projects.
The podcast is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and the Lewis Honors College. The sponsorship is used to help market the podcast and cover administrative costs.
With one season fully recorded and season two underway, Williams expresses his gratitude for the partnership between CI and No Limits Productions. “This partnership has allowed us to access professional production equipment, bringing our podcast to the next level,” Williams said. “We’re so grateful to everyone who has had a role in this show.”
To listen to season one of "Breaking the Boundary," visit Spotify, Amazon Music or Stitcher.
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