Journalism and the Community of Inquiry

We are so proud to learn that The Piper has again been awarded a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Medal critique for the year 2018-2019.
This marks the fourth straight year the publication has won this award, and the students are rightly thrilled.

I know firsthand the high quality of student journalism at Campbell Hall because I get interviewed often. I don’t always agree with the paper’s editorial opinions, but I fiercely support their right to publish and admire their discipline when fact-checking and doing background for their stories. Recently I was interviewed about the “Varsity Blues” college admission scandal, and marveled at the reporter’s sophisticated critique of Vanity Fair’s approach, which is less rigorous than the methods taught to our own journalism students.

This generation is bombarded with so much propaganda from so many directions. They have no choice but to learn to read critically and work hard to discern trustworthy sources from fake news; and then, as pointed out in a recent Piper article on vaping, they have to take the difficult next step of acting in alignment with the facts rather than ignoring them. What I see every day on campus, though, gives me faith. The stakes are high, but so are their spirits. Campbell Hall students nurture a deep sense over the years of what is right and authentic versus what is fake and false, and that’s as important as any technical skill or content knowledge.

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