Journalism Program Joins New SUNY Institute for Local News

The institute’s goals are to engage students to report on their local communities in an effort to teach valuable skills, offer experiential learning opportunities, and fill a need for journalists in rural and suburban areas.

Brockport’s Department of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations (JRB) is one of only seven SUNY journalism programs highlighted on the Institute’s new website launched Jan. 24, 2024.

Students in Lecturer Kim Young’s JRB 324 Web Writing course have been reporting on Brockport and surrounding communities since 2017 on Canalside Chronicles.

That reporting will continue and expand, including making some student-produced stories available to professional media outlets for publication. In Fall 2024, the course will be renamed JRB 324 Community News, and two sections will be offered, one for JRB Majors and the second for Honors students. Ultimately, the Department aims to offer a section of the course to students of any major who would like to learn more about writing, reporting, professionalism, and civic life in an experiential learning setting. Independent Studies with projects related to community journalism will also be offered.

Dr. Marsha Ducey, JRB Department Chair, is a member of the SUNY Institute for Local News Faculty Advisory Committee, which is led by Interim Coordinator Richard Watts, who is Director of the National Center of Community News.

According to the Center, “In communities across the U.S., student journalists now provide millions of people with trustworthy, professional local news coverage. Our mission is to grow and support partnerships between college reporting programs and local news outlets.”

The Department of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations is proud to be part of this mission.

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Posted: January 24, 2024