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McKinney ’19 Establishes First Black Student-Run Paper at FAU

Kennedy McKinney ’19 has been featured in several publications and platforms lately lauding her founding of The Paradigm Press, Florida Atlantic University’s first Black newspaper. Some are describing the founding as the first Black student-run newspaper at a predominantly white institution.

McKinney, who serves as The Paradigm Press’ editor-in-chief, founded the publication March 1, 2020. The press’ mission is to “highlight and tell the stories of the Black community at Florida Atlantic University, where McKinney is majoring in journalism. We believe that our community needs more attention and we plan on being the voice for the Black population,” its website reads. The paper covers everything from student life to sports and highlights problems in the community while advocating for change, it reads. The Paradigm Press can be found at

A recent story in an April 18 insert issue of The Sun-Sentinel highlights McKinney’s work in its listing of Legacy South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders of 2021. McKinney is the cover story for the issue.