IC students cover 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
Fifty years ago, college students played a central role in organizing one of the largest marches for jobs and freedom of the civil rights era. This year, college students — 13 of whom were student journalists from Ithaca College — were involved again, covering the anniversary of the march.
I was one of them.
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Independent journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard arrived last night in Ithaca to talk about the future trajectory of climate change with Ithacans. I had the opportunity to talk with him about ideas from his latest book “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth,” which I read for my course on environmental politics. It’s not often we get to meet the authors whose works we read. I was beyond excited to sit down with a fellow journalist, and inspired after our chat about what the power we have a reporters to affect change.
In my interview with Hertsgaard, we talked about the critical need for citizens to shake up the country through action—be it protests, marches or letter writing. We also share a belief in the power and importance of independent media in educating civilians, teaching us all to become responsible consumers of not only the news, but also of material goods and resources. Without good reporting, it’s hard to create the conditions that foster conscious consumerism and allow for this to be part of our adaptation and mitigation strategies to fight climate change.
Three years ago, I was merely an assistant editor for the arts and entertainment section of our college newspaper. Yesterday, I was selected as Editor in Chief of The Ithacan.
Seeds had been planted about this day coming, and now here I am blossoming into the role. I cannot wait to work with a team of incredible editors and staff next year. And I’m positively overwhelmed by the support I have received in the past few days.
There are some big plans for the paper next year. It will be both a rewarding and challenging process to make them happen.
A student newspaper’s funding is pulled for allegedly insufficient funds. Members of the newspaper hope “this decision isn’t intended to do is to censor the student voice via student media.” This seems to illustrate an extreme of what could happen when administration and/or government try to limit the press. Ithaca College’s administration passed a media policy that threatened the college’s newspaper The Ithacan from accessing top administrators for interviews. After much controversy and public comment, the college rescinded the policy. It will be interesting to see what unfolds the University of Windsor’s newspaper.
Yesterday, my photo on the back page of The Ithacan‘s March 29, 2012 issue won first place in the New York Press Association awards for the 2012 calendar year.
Moments like these make me miss traveling. The hundreds of photos I took and the many hours I spent blogging while in Morocco were rewarding and a way for me to reflect on my daily experiences.
I’m headed back to San Francisco at the end of May, and I can’t wait to revamp my blog and whip on the Canon Rebel for more visual storytelling.
Picture taken while camel-riding in Merzouga, Morocco just before sundown on February 20. Published in this week’s issue of The Ithacan.