“Democracy suffers when freedom of expression is restricted. ” by Tony Pederson Professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism Student and alumni reaction has been strong and emotional regarding the closing of Student Media Company Inc. at Southern Methodist University. Formed almost 90 years ago, the independent company publishes the SMU Campus Weekly (formerly The Daily Campus) student newspaper and the Rotunda yearbook. Declining ad revenue is forcing the change. The concerns have centered on loss of independence and the possibility that free speech by students will be lost and that censorship by the SMU administration could be a factor in future publications. The print newspaper will cease to exist with its last edition next month. The online version of the paper, SMUDailyCampus.com, will continue under the supervision of the Division of Journalism. The future of theRotunda is uncertain. I am pleased by the reaction from students and alumni. It means that in our journalism classes, we have taught them the value of the First Amendment and the dangers of limiting press freedom. The historical lesson, from every part of the world, is that democracy suffers when freedom of expression is restricted.
By EmmaKate Few, Class of 2020 As a journalism student at SMU, Brooke Williamson ’13 worked hard in the classroom and on the sidelines of football games as a student reporter. She credits her time at Meadows for providing her early career opportunities to broadcast football games as an intern for the local CBS, FOX and ESPN affiliates. At SMU, Williamson wrote for The Daily Campus and anchored SMU TV’s The Daily Update. In addition to the editing, writing and producing experience students gain during class, Williamson understood the importance of taking full advantage of extracurricular programs available in the Division of Journalism that would prepare her for the real world following graduation. Or in Williamson’s case, even before graduating.
By Elaina Murphy, ’19 Danielle Abril never intended to be a journalist. Abril, managing editor for business publication D CEO, wanted to study law at Southern Methodist University. With the guidance of her college advisor, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism, a strategy to differentiate her from the political science majors swarming law school admissions offices. By junior year, however, Abril’s plans had changed.
by Lauren Carter, ’19 Kylie Madry, a senior at Southern Methodist University, did not originally plan on staying in North Texas for college. She was ready to leave behind her hometown of McKinney, Texas, but once she visited the campus, and specifically the journalism department, she changed her mind.
By Tony Pederson, Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism The availability of excellent internships for Journalism and Fashion Media majors is a strength of SMU’s Division of Journalism. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the No. 5 media market in the United States. The quality of news media – print, broadcast and digital – has been consistently excellent for decades.
By Sara Magalio Not long ago, Lauren Smart was learning from the distinguished faculty members of SMU’s Division of Journalism. Today, she’s returned to the Hilltop – but this time she’s on the other side of the desk. Smart is now a professor of practice in the division, teaching basic reporting, digital journalism and arts criticism. Smart also serves as the faculty adviser for the digital operations of the SMU Daily Campus.
New SMU Meadows student Laurence Lundy is starting his college years on a positive note. Just a few weeks before arriving on campus at SMU, he attended a journalism workshop in New Orleans hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). During the 2017 “JSHOP,” Lundy teamed up with fellow workshop attendee Hannah Monteilh to produce an article on InspireNOLA, a program that promotes academic excellence in charter schools.
By Kim Strelke Which came first? President Donald J. Trump’s outrage against the media, or the public’s mistrust of the media? Distinguished media lawyer Bruce W. Sanford will discuss the relationship between the public and the press under the Trump presidency in SMU’s 18th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics. “Trusting the Media in the Age of Trump” takes place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center. All students, faculty and community members are welcome free of charge and tickets are not required. The Owen Arts Center is located at 6101 Bishop Blvd.