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NEWS AND VIEWS FROM INSIDE THE MEDIA BUBBLE ‘ BY KAREN PHILLIPS

An insurance policy and a badge of honor

High Point University sent out a press release on Oct. 12 stating its School of Communication recently became a collegiate institutional member of the Society of Professional Journalists, along with only two other schools in NC, Elon University and Appalachian State University.

The SPJ’s purpose is to improve and protect journalism. It is an insurance policy for aspiring and acting journalists, and provides resources to its members to help improve the quality and integrity of journalistic work. Wilfred Tremblay, dean of the School of Communication, stated, “Most importantly, the SPJ enlightens our students in regard to the best ethical and professional practices in the industry so that they can truly appreciate the critical role that quality journalism plays in a vibrant democracy.”

This likely means that HPU’s school paper, the Campus Chronicle (campuschron.com), will be bound by the society’s bylaws and guidelines. What ths means for the Chronicle, which is heavy on fluff pieces abut the unversity and conspicuously light on criticism of the school and its administration, remains to be seen.

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