David Swartzlander

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Doane alum hits cover of today’s New York Times

Doane alum Ziad Jaber, middle, at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's press conference.

Doane alum Ziad Jaber, behind a camera in the middle of the photo, at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference.

Look at the photo closely. See the guy in the middle of the photo, behind a camera? Yep, that’s none other than Doane alum Ziad Jaber, manning the cutaway camera for NBC News at Thursday’s press conference called by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Ziad was covering the event for NBC News. Yet another example of how Doane alums are excelling in the media world. The only question: Did he make it back across the bridge to 30 Rock in time to file his piece by deadline?

The 22 things you learn working for a college paper

Check out this writer’s 22 things you learn when you work for a college newspaper. Can you add to the list?

Ethical dilemma: Is a student leader who owns a Confederate flag newsworthy?

At Ball State University, a student leader who owns a Confederate flag and has been called Ku Klux Chloe was determined newsworthy. What do you think?

Shining the light

People often do things they are not proud of and then try to hide in the darkness because they know if they take credit, they will be ostracized. For example, a few years ago, someone on the Doane campus sent a letter to a professor telling her to go home, that the college didn’t want her around. The professor is black. The Doane Owl ran a story and, though the person was never found, the professor stopped getting that type of correspondence.

Today, we have another example of people doing simply the wrong thing and trying to hide, to keep out of the spotlight. At the University of Alabama, sororities have blocked the chance for a student to join – simply because she is black. The Crimson White, the university’s newspaper, wrote a wonderful story – truly a fine piece of journalism – about this continuation of segregation 50 years after the March on Washington culminated in Martin Luther King’s rousing “I Have a Dream” speech.

The beautiful thing about reporting these types of stories is that news organizations can shine the light in the darkness, where the cockroaches of society dwell, and actually provide a needed service to the community. They can – and do – have a positive impact on society.

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