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RESEARCH STOP: Who’s reading student news?

Thank you for sticking with us and welcome back to the program. The past few weeks have been filled with political turmoil to the detriment of one party or another. But our producers ask themselves what student journalists around the country are saying instead, schools and their student media outlets around the country have been fighting to ensure that their stories are heard. Their Public Forum has continued to inform the localities they live in. In the case of the University of North Carolina for example, the daily Tar Heel took headlines with its claim of a cluster up in progress on its campus. It has since reported a roughly one to two positivity rate on its campus alone. Our reporters noted that the area while quiet for the most part, remain clustered with several noticeable gatherings of people wearing the powder blue synonymous with the university. DC area schools have brought stories to the forefront that match The timbre of UNC’s headline. Georgetown University students were dispossessed of personal items, according to the highest KC Farante. Likewise, George Washington University noted that a fraternity Delta Tau Delta had multiple members test positive for covid 19. According to Tiffany Garcia of The Hatchet. Across the country stories in North Texas daily, the Stanford daily, the Iowa State daily continue to cover a growing number of issues. The Daily Trojan, for example, cover the outstanding balance caused by a tuition hike at the University of Southern California. several universities have come under fire since then, with students wandering in opinion columns and in social media posts, why their institution has returned to an unsafe environment.Now those same students are finding their stories in the local coffee shop unread. As students without homes or financial stability look to continue thriving in their educational environment. Campus newsrooms have taken center stage. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, Serena Cho. “In recent months, as professional newsrooms have wrestled with their own historical failures, many college papers have explored ways to better support staffers of color and improve their coverage of the underprivileged. At times by transgressing the doctrines of old school journalism. Some have apologized to readers for historically misrepresenting communities of color and pledged solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Many have challenged the industry’s misguided belief in objectivity, arguing that it exalts the perspectives of white leaders and experts. A recent statement signed by 15 College editors urged professional journalists to reflect on their long standing bias against marginalized marginalized voices.” So with the onslaught of news and the persistent coverage of the year that has yet to have an awful week we asked the news Gods a single question, why is that? after a break, our panel will discuss.

Author: Ivy Lyons

I’ve enjoyed working as a student journalist, printing my own newsletters, and encouraging contextualized, rich discussions of what matters most. I currently produce and host podcasts, contribute to news outlets and continue my education as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland.

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