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McGaughey remembered

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

By Bob Valentine

“To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Robert Howe McGaughey, III, arrived at Murray State in the late summer of 1961. By any important measure, he never left until the 14th of June, 2019.

He would have agreed with Abe Lincoln, but he would be thinking of Murray — not Springfield, Illinois.

He took with him two Murray State degrees, one Ohio University doctorate, and more accolades for teaching, educational leadership, and genuine scholarship than most people could acquire in two lifetimes. He left with us two generations of journalists, a handful of new programs, and a campus full of memories of the man everyone — from the President to the newest freshman — called “Doc.”

Doc McGaughey grew up in Hopkinsville loving sports, journalism and a good joke. He played baseball and basketball, wrote for student papers and publications, sold ads for newspapers and radio, and was a disc jockey for a while as a teenager.

He joined ROTC at Murray State where he was an outstanding student, an athlete, and lived at “The News.” He majored in History and Journalism. He served two years of active duty in the Army before returning to become the first Masters recipient in Journalism at Murray State. Then he was off to Ohio University where he earned his doctorate in record time.

His time in the army and his residency at Ohio University were the only times after 1961 that he was away from Murray or Murray State.

In 1969 he joined the faculty as an instructor in journalism. Five years later he became one of the youngest department chairmen in Kentucky as he began a 25-year career of building a small department with one major into something special. As one of his successors, Dr. Bob Lochte put it:

“Back in the 1970s and 80’s, when Murray State was barely a university, Doc almost single-handedly created a nationally-accredited program in Journalism and Mass Communications with four undergraduate majors, a Master’s degree, award-winning campus media, and nearly 400 students. All of this happened in a small remote Kentucky town, in a state whose appreciation of higher education largely starts and ends with how good your basketball team is.”

He created a legend. By the end of his active career, everyone recognized it.

His devotion to students was reflected in his Distinguished Professor award, the Max Carman Outstanding Teacher award from the SGA, and the crowds that surrounded him at every homecoming. He was advisor to several student groups and served for two years as co-head of Elizabeth Residential College.

As chair of Journalism, he influenced and led the growth of the University’s public radio station, WKMS-FM. He developed the Television Production, Advertising, and Public Relations majors, and saw them grow into regional suppliers of nationally-known talents.

His profession honored him with a number of awards from the Kentucky Press Association, election as the KPA Education Representative, repeated invitations to the International Radio and Television Society’s annual conference and selection by the IRTS as the Frank Stanton Fellow: the outstanding broadcast educator in America. In 2012 he was named to the Kentucky Press Hall of Fame, joining two of his teachers and one of his former students in that distinction.

The campus recognized him, as well. Doc was proud of pointing out that he had a building named for him: Faculty Hall. (That was a joke, of course. He had others.) Deans, fellow chairs and even Presidents referred to him as the students did; he was “Doc” to everyone.

His legend, however, is founded most in his care for the students. He was asked to be godfather to the children of his graduates. He provided unpublicized support for students who needed money to travel to a first job; who would have dropped out of school except for his encouragement and support; who would have failed to get needed medical help without his intervention. He even introduced young men and women who later married. He became a legend because he cared, and put everything he had into making his caring a reality.

You will not see him this year at Tent City, or doing “The Comedy Hour” at Lizo, or meeting at Cracker Barrel with his fellow MSU veterans at the periodic ROMEO meetings (“Retired Old Men Eating Out”). For the first time since 1961, Doc McGaughey has, as he used to say, “left the building.”

He left something for you.

Doc left to his colleagues on the faculty an example of devotion to Murray State and her students. His dedication was to each student — no matter how gifted or how needy.

He left to the students — whether you knew him or not — a legacy of enthusiasm for all things Racer. From athletic games to residential colleges, from All Campus Sing to Great Beginnings, from study times to road trips, he left an example of enjoyment and friendship. Party hard, play hard, study hard and make real friends. For Doc, friends lasted forever. Some of his dearest friends he made as a student at MSU; the rest he made as a faculty member.

And just in case you missed one of his shows — as funny a time as you are likely to have in your life — here is the message with which he left all his audiences:

“If you want to be a good communicator, don’t forget: First, you’ve got to listen. And second: no matter how bad it gets, never, ever lose your sense of humor.”

Robert Howe McGaughey, Feb. 18, 1941 – June 14, 2019.


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Doc McGaughey dies

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

Dr. Robert H. McGaughey, III, passed away on June 14 at the University of Louisville Medical Center at the age of 76.

He was born Feb. 18, 1943 to Robert H. McGaughey, II and Frances W. McGaughey in Anniston, Ala., where his father was serving in the Army. He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by cousins Virginia Buchanan of Hopkinsville, Ky., Don Adair of Hopkinsville, Ky., Claudia Ricci of Deland, Fla., Rosalee Anderson of Frankfort, Ky., and Ed Owens of Naples, Fla. Also surviving are special friends, Don and Mary Moore of Hopkinsville, Ky., Phil and Sarah Bryan and family of Murray, Ky., and Bob Valentine and wife Vicki Jo of Puryear, Tenn.

The family returned to Hopkinsville after World War II where Bob attended local schools and graduated in 1961 from Hopkinsville High School where he was an outstanding athlete and student leader.

Dr. McGaughey was professor emeritus and retired chairman of the Murray State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. As a student at Murray State, he was a member of the Murray State ROTC, a student athlete, and an active member of the staff of The Murray State News. After graduation he began his master’s degree studies in Journalism and became the first Master’s graduate of the Journalism program. He received his doctorate in Mass Communications from the Ohio University.

An honor graduate of the MSU ROTC program, he served two years on active duty, including a tour in Vietnam and 18 years with Kentucky’s 100th Army Reserve Division, from which he retired in 1985 with the rank of major.

His nine ribbons and medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Service Ribbon. He received the Minaret Award for the publication The News of the Century (100th division) as one of the top newspapers in the Fifth Army area.

In 1969 he joined the faculty at Murray State University as adviser to The Murray State News and as instructor in Journalism. He became chairman of the department in 1974, succeeding the late Dr. L.J. Hortin.

He has had more than 40 publications or presentations, including national conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisors of the Associated Collegiate Press Association and Public Relations Society of America.

During his years as Chair, the department grew from 45 majors to more than 400 and received accreditation from the ACEJMC. The department provided 16 percent of all seniors selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities at Murray State.

McGaughey received several recognitions and awards for his work at Murray State. In 1984 he was named Max Carmen Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Student Government Association. He was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Murray State Alumni Association in 1990.

He was selected eight times to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) faculty-industry seminar in New York City. In 1987, he was named the Frank Stanton Fellow of the IRTS as the distinguished broadcast educator in the U.S.

Active as an adviser to student organizations and media organizations, he received several recognitions from groups such as Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, including the Pi Kappa Alpha Distinguished Alum in 1977, the Omicron Delta Kappa advisor of the Year, the Kentucky Press Association Distinguished Service Award in 1989. He served for ten years as executive director of the West Kentucky Press Association, and two terms as education representative on the KPA board of directors. In 2012, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

He was named the Boss of the Year by the Murray Chapter of the Professional Secretaries Internationals in 1989. He retired as chair in 1997, but continued to teach, write and speak, often with his long-time associate professor Robert Valentine. Together they were known as “The Communicators” or, to their fans, “Dr. Trey and Dr. Vee.”

He was co-head of MSU’s Elizabeth Residential College from 2000 to 2002 but continued to serve on the faculty of Elizabeth College and presented his last program there in March 2019.

Visitation was held at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray on June 19.

His funeral service was held in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium on June 20. Some of McGaughey’s closest friends spoke at the ceremony, including longtime colleague and senior lecturer in advertising Bob Valentine, retired preacher John Dale and Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson.

His burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville, Ky., with full military honors. Dale offered the brief graveside service attended by family and friends.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Robert McGaughey Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, Ky. 42071.

Honorary Pallbearers will be and representing Pi Kappa Alpha, Eddie Hunt, Jerry Penner and Tab Brockman, and the Romeo Club, and G.G.G. Golf Group.

Online condolences can be left at,

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Shemberger elected faculty regent

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

Dr. Melony Shemberger was elected Murray State faculty regent in April.

She was one of five faculty members seeking the position on the University’s Board of Regents.
Shemberger is an associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, with a double major in mass communications and history & government. She also earned a master’s in mass communications from Murray State; a master’s in management from Austin Peay State University; and a doctorate in administration and supervision, with a concentration in higher education, from Tennessee State University.
She has published in several peer-reviewed publications, including Journalism History, Journalism and Mass Communications Educator and the Teaching Journalism and Mass Communications Journal. She also has several book chapters published and professional articles in guidebooks published by the PR News Press and has presented at several academic and professional conferences.

Shemberger was selected for the Wiki Scholars Program to edit and write Wikipedia entries pertaining to women’s suffrage. In 2017, she was a Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy Fellow at Louisiana State University.

In 2014, she was named a Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellow. One of 14 faculty members from across the nation, she completed the fellowship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

At Murray State, she was a Provost Faculty Teaching Fellow, interim director of the Faculty Development Center in 2016 and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services in 2012-13.

Since Summer 2017, she has taught in the Governor’s Scholars Program, a five-week camp for top high school seniors in Kentucky. She is also a Level 1 Google Educator.

Since 2014 Shemberger has served as an at-large representative on the Murray State Faculty Senate and was vice president in 2016-17.

Shemberger is a lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the top academic interdisciplinary honor society in the nation and on campus, where she serves as chapter president. She was a director from 2016-18 on the Society’s national board and was chair of the advisory council for Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum magazine.

Honor society memberships also include the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and others. She is a member of the American Journalism Historians Association, the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Education Writers Association.

Shemberger was sworn in as faculty regent at the Board’s Sept. 6 meeting. She will serve a three-year term, which expires in 2022.

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High school student media attend annual workshop

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

More than 250 high school students and their teachers attended the 2019 High School Student Media Workshop, Sept. 27.

The annual workshop offered a variety of sessions related to high school student media.
Sessions for the 2019 workshop included: Beyond Google: Finding and Evaluating Internet Sources; Bring Cash to Your Publication; Capturing the Game: Sports Still Photography; Design Trends: Inspiration from the World Around You; InDesign: Basics; Going Live in 3, 2, 1 (Facebook Live); Crafting an Effective News Story; From Multimedia to Social Media: Digital Trends and Tools You Need to Know; Crafting an effective ad; Finding, Evaluating, and Using Visuals in the Newsroom; Soaring into the online space: Graves County’s journey from print to online; Looking Good in Print; 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Social Media Brand; Go team! Rally your staff and communicate more effectively; and E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News: Fake News Detective Training via

Two extended length super sessions were offered.

Television students were able to attend a session in which the winners of the video competition were critiqued. TV production faculty and majors provided tips and insights for the high schoolers on how to strengthen their school’s news, sports and feature coverage.

Newspaper and multimedia students were able to tour The Murray State News, learn about the various sections of the paper, and learn how to use AP style. The high school students produced and recorded a segment of the “Murray State Minute” in the newsroom of The News.

A session was provided for the advisers to discuss best practices and talk about concerns related to high school media.

A high school media competition was provided in connection with the workshop. The winners were recognized in the opening assembly. A complete list of winners can be found at

The following JMC faculty and staff taught sessions in the workshop: Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Dr. Bella Ezumah, Chris Haynes, Orville Herndon, Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Elizabeth Thomas, Dr. Tim Vance, and Gill Welsch.

Several professionals outside the department led workshop sessions. Those session leaders included: Bailey Crossley, Murray State’s social media coordinator; Marci Crouch, adviser for the Graves County Eagle Eye online newspaper; Valerie Ezell, customer service manager at the Jostens Yearbook production plant in Clarksville, Tenn.; Amey Graybeal, Jostens; Jeremy McKeel, manager of MSU Digital Media Services; and Dana Thompson, research and instruction librarian for Murray State’s University Libraries.

Two students led workshop sessions. Elizabeth Erwin is a senior public relations major and the public relations director for The Murray State News. Dona Rains is a graduate student in mass communications at Murray State. She recently retired from a career in public relations with Baptist Health Systems in Paducah.

The workshop director was Leigh Landini Wright, associate professor of journalism and head of the department’s journalism major. Marion Hale, JMC administrative assistant, assisted Wright.

The 2020 High School Student Media Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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Media pros interact with seniors

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

Media professionals visited campus Oct. 17 as part of the department’s annual Meet the Pros event.

Students attended panel discussions which featured professionals working in positions related to their majors.

The professionals participating in the advertising session included: Jamie Futrell, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah, Ky.; Robert Norsworthy, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications’ executive in residence; Jamie Barnwell Phillips, Rust Media, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Karie Thornton, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah, Ky.

Austin Gordon, Hutson, Inc., met with graphic communications media students.

Journalism majors heard from John Wright, Murray Ledger & Times, Meghann Richardson, Owensboro Times, and Ed Rode.

Public relations students were able to hear insights from Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center, Paris, Tenn.; Dana Howard, CFSB; Tab Brockman, Hopkinsville, Ky., Parks & Recreation; and Shawn Touney, Murray State.

TV Production majors heard the thoughts of Jason Barnett, Jason Barnett Graphics, Louisville, Ky.; Jeremy McKeel, MSU Digital Media Services; and Dave Winder, MSU Athletics.

Students and professionals participated in speed interviews following the panel discussions. Professionals were seated at tables. Students were allotted a fixed amount of time to spend at a professional’s table. The students moved to another professional’s table when prompted by the time keeper.

Gill Welsch serves as the coordinator for the Meet the Pros event. He is the head of the department’s advertising major.

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Outstanding graduates named

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

JMC faculty, staff and students gathered April 24 to recognize the accomplishments of the department’s students in the 2018-19 academic year.

The top senior in each major was recognized. Among those receiving recognition were Michelle Blanchett, Abigail Branham, Sydney Chambers, Lauren Edwards, Emily Hancock, Joel Polarek, and Tori Wood.

Blanchett shared the position of top senior in graphic communications media. She was a computer science minor from Murray. She did graphic design work for the men’s basketball program and chaired the department’s 2018 Gravure Day. She developed WordPress websites and served as a graphic designer at Matt Blanchette Productions.

Branham, a professional writing minor from Lexington, Ky., was named the outstanding senior in journalism. She worked in media production for Racer Athletics. Her off-campus work experience included Lexington Legends minor league baseball, WLEX 18 and Resolution Media. She was a cheerleader and a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

Chambers, a graduate assistant from Murray, was recognized as the top graduate student in mass communications. She received her bachelor of science degree from Murray State with a major in psychology and a minor in English. She was the social media manager for Chambers Roofing Company in Paducah; a social media intern at WPSD-TV in Paducah; and an intern in the Disney College Program.

She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Edwards was named the Robert J Norsworthy outstanding senior in advertising. She was a business administration minor from Benton, Ky. She had an account management internship with Merkley and Partners. She was a member of Ads Club, Her Campus, National Society of Leadership and Success, Active Minds, Racer Band and Lee Clark College’s residential college council.

Her other awards included the National Engaged Leadership Award and the Lee Clark College outstanding service award.

Hancock, a journalism and agriculture communications minor from Bumpus Mills, Tenn., was the outstanding senior in television production. Her on-campus media experience included Racer Athletics, TV-11, the OVC Digital Network, ESPN+ and Racer Vision.

She was a freelance photographer/videographer. She was a JMC ambassador and participant in the Bumpus Mills church of Christ youth group.

Polarek, an advertising minor from Dover, Tenn., was the outstanding senior in public relations. He wrote for The Murray State News, Blue & Gold Magazine, and Murray State’s Branding, Marketing and Communications Office. He had an internship in the Fort Knox Public Affairs office where he wrote for and was a videographer for the Army ROTC YouTube channel.

He was a member of PRSSA, Honors Student Council, HC Franklin Residential College Court, and Murray State Rowing Club. Polarek served on the Presidential Fellowship Scholarship Selection Committee.

Wood shared the position of top senior in graphic communications media. She had a second major in public relations and a minor in business administration. Wood is from Symsonia, Ky.

She worked in advertising for The Murray State News, the MSU social media team, Racer Relations and was an intern in the Office of Branding, Marketing and Communications. She had off-campus internships with VUE Magazine and Social Sharkz.

She was president of Student Government Association and the student regent. Wood was a member of Panhellenic Council, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Student Ambassadors. She was a Summer O counselor.

The department inducted seven graduating seniors into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society. Inductees were Clare Froehlich, Colleen LaRochelle, Joel Polarek, Rose Rechtien, Jordyn Rowland, Ashley Traylor, and Patrick Wadlington.

The Kappa Tau Alpha top scholar was Joel Polarek.

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Eight selected for Who’s Who recognition

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

Eight of the 129 Murray State students selected for the 2019-20 Who’s Who Among Students at Murray State University have majors in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The JMC recipients were Piper Cassetto, Madison Chapman, KirstyAnn Cole, Abrielle Fischer, Lexi Jones, Ashley McVicker, Carly Middleton, and Alexandria Morgan.

Cassetto, a television production major from Louisville, Ky., is on the athletics video crew for Digital Media Services. She did freelance production work for Louisville Bats Baseball through Sounder Audio and Piper Cassetto Media. She will graduate in May.

Chapman, a public relations major from Chaffee, Mo., served as social media manager for the Murray Calloway County Community Foundation. She interned at Walt Disney Company. She has worked as an office manager for Food Giant and as a customer service representative for the Chaffee Drive In. She plans to graduate in May.

Cole, a public relations major from O’Fallon, Mo., is a writer for the University’s alumni relations office. She had a social media internship for GSD&M, a public affairs internship with the U.S. Army Cadet Command and a summer internship with the University City Chamber of Commerce. Cole is a member of PRSSA and Murray Christian Fellowship. She will graduate in May.

Fisher, a public relations major from St. Louis, was a marketing and public relations intern with the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce, communications intern at Brodeur Partners, and a public relations intern for the United Way of Murray-Calloway County.

She is a member of PRSSA and the Kappa Delta sorority. She has worked as a program leader and gymnastics coach for Universal Athletics, a YMCA summer camp counselor, a lifeguard and assistant pool manager for Midwest Pool Management, and as a sales associate for Francesca’s Collections Boutique. Fisher will graduate in May.

Jones, an advertising major from Eldersburg, Md., is a member of Murray State’s women’s softball team. She has worked with the Special Olympics in Kentucky. She will graduate in May.

McVicker, a public relations major from Herrin, Ill., worked for the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and the Hardin Baptist college ministry. She graduated in December.

Middleton, a journalism and organizational communications double major from Williamstown, Ky., is a writer for the Branding, Marketing and Communications office. She is the director of communications and events at First Baptist Church in Murray. She is the president of the Baptist Campus Ministry. Middleton will graduate in May.

Morgan, a public relations major from Paducah, Ky., was an ad sales rep. for Gateway Magazine. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi’s standards committee and social chair, a Best Buddies peer mentor, and Student Government Association’s publication/public relations chair. She is a member of the Order of Omega and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She will graduate in May.

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High school student media visits campus

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications welcomed more than 250 high school students and media advisers to campus on Sept. 28 for the annual High School Media Workshop.

This event provided learning opportunities for students working in a variety of high school media.

Sessions included: evaluating news, advertising sales, sports still photography, latest trends in memory books, InDesign basics, Facebook Live, careers in the media, social media, crafting an effective ad, looking good in print, asking better questions, and crafting a solid news story.

Two super sessions were offered. One featured Murray State television production students and faculty. The session looked at the winners of this year’s video category. Tips and in¬sights for strengthening news, sports and features were provided in the session.

Newspaper and multimedia students could participate in a super session in the newsroom of The Murray State News. Attendees learned about the sections of a college newspaper and how to use AP style. The students recorded a segment of the “Murray State Minute” webcast. The session was taught by the adviser and students of The Murray State News.

High school media advisers were able to participate in a curriculum swapshop, best practices, and group discussion sessions.

An AP style competition was offered as part of the Workshop.

JMC faculty/staff teaching sessions included: Robert Valentine, Wm. Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Chris Haynes, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Dr. Debbie Owens, Elizabeth Thomas, Gill Welsch, Dr. Tim Vance, Orville Herndon, Dr. Marcie Hinton, Leigh Wright.

Sessions led by professionals outside the JMC department included: Dana Statton, University Libraries; Jeremy McKeel, MSU Digital Media Services; Valerie Ezell and Amey Graybeal, Jostens; and Shelley Street Byrne, The Mayfield Messenger.

Leigh Wright served as the director of the High School Workshop. She was assisted by Marion Hale.

Winners of the High School Media Competition were announced prior to the beginning of the workshop. A complete list of winners can be found on

The 2019 High School Media Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 27.

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‘The News’ launches online newscast

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

Students in Dr. Stephanie Anderson’s JMC 398 Advanced Multimedia Reporting, launched an online newscast in the Fall 2018 semester called ‘”The College News.”

The name was the original name of The Murray State News.

As part of the class and the student media organization, student journalists are provided an experiential learning opportunity by creating an online newscast, which airs on Mondays each week during the semester. The students are responsible for all aspects of the show under Anderson’s guidance.

The course brought back the “Murray State Minute,” a one-minute news update that airs on Fridays. Both can be found at

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JMC Journal online edition

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

The JMC Journal can be downloaded as a pdf document. Click the image to open the file.

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