Monday, January 9, 2012

Great Student Journalists

To check out some first-rate student reporting keep watching what gets posted on the Campus Coverage Project (full disclosure - I participated in this project).

IRE along with the Education Writers Association  and the Student Press Law Center (funding from the Lumina Foundation) just completed an intensive workshop for some of the best student journalists in the country.   The goal is simple, to help these student journalists do what journalists are supposed to do:  accountability journalism.

Student after student talked about the problems of getting universities to turn over public records and the difficulty of getting university administrators to talk.   Why do you suppose so many university administrators don't seem to understand the concept of public records?   But one thing students certainly learned at this conference was to always report on university officials who won't talk and to always report on university officials who refuse to obey public records law.    

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