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Our Philosophy Regarding Journalism Projects

Our communications faculty in the area of journalism come from a professional background and have high standards for journalistic quality. We emphasize excellent writing, thorough fact-finding, and fair objectivity.

Academic Freedom and the First Amendment
Journalism is a sacred trust, and one that we take very seriously. Journalism students are taught the principles of reporting based on the First Amendment of the Constitution which defines freedom of the press. With freedom comes responsibility. Students are taught the concept of libel and responsible free speech. Students are also made familiar with all legal issues that arise in journalistic writing and how to be responsible journalists.

Writing and Style
Good journalism starts with good writing and a good journalist must also be a good writer. Our program includes a variety of writing courses, all of which build on the simple premise that anyone who communicates to a mass audience must be skillful in manipulating words and the English language. Good writing and good writing styles are always emphasized.


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