Stop blocking athlete access to media

FRIDAY,  SEPT 25, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 29)
Close up of football on field
(Poynter)
For athletes at many of the nation’s top athletic programs, talking to the news media is regarded as a punishable offense
There has never been a time when America more urgently needed to hear the voices of college athletes. Yet for athletes at many of the nation’s top athletic programs, talking to the news media is regarded as a punishable offense.
In a just-published study for the Nebraska Law Review, our research team at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information sought to answer two questions: How often are public universities gagging athletes from speaking to the media, and is it legal for them to do it?
Our answers: frequently, and no.
JOURNALISM EDUCATION
(The Institute for Media and Public Trust)
The Institute for Media and Public Trust at Fresno State University believes that America’s newsrooms should reflect the diversity of the communities that they cover. Unfortunately, that’s mostly not the case, so it is working with partner organizations to launch a program that will mentor young journalists of color.
The goal is to increase the diversity in San Joaquin Valley newsrooms. They are particularly concerned with the under-representation of Black journalists in news media today, and it is time that this diversity challenge be rectified.
The  program will offer a five-year paid pathway to a journalism degree, and ultimately employment at local media outlets.
STUDENT POSTS
High School
(Granite Bay HS)
(Lynbrook HS – San Jose)
Community College
(Mt. San Antonio)
(Sequoias)
(Diablo Valley)
(San Diego Mesa)
University
(Cal Lutheran)
(CSU Long Beach)
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Look for more links to student stories at the Online Elsewhere Facebook page. Trying something new with your program? Something interesting happen? Let me know at richcamron@gmail.com (cameron without the “e”). 
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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