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Opening event for Statehouse News Bureau draws attention to public affairs reporting

Yesterday’s event marking the opening of our new Statehouse News Bureau was an opportunity to celebrate the start of an important new venture. Now the hard work begins, for the participating journalism students, the JSchool, as well as for the partners involved in the program.

First, let me state as clearly as possible that we wouldn’t have gotten this off the ground without some heavy lifting from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Columbus Dispatch. And for this program to reach its full potential we’ll need their continued support. But we’ll also need other media partners who are committed to investing in statehouse reporting.

What’s so important about statehouse reporting? As President McDavis stated in his remarks yesterday (see link below), our democracy depends on it. Good government depends on it. And journalism educators as well as media organizations should be committed to it.

The good news (so far) is that I had several conversations with representatives of news organizations attending the Columbus event. Based on those interactions, as well as the good start we’ve made, I’m confident that the bureau will be an important learning experience for many students over the years to come.

I’d like to express my gratitude to the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Columbus Dispatch for their willingness to partner with the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and in so doing show other organizations how such collaborations can benefit the citizens of Ohio.

Photos provided by Dispatch photographer Shari Lewis.

Listen to remarks made during the program (Firefox version).

Read stories about the event:

Columbus Dispatch


September 21, 2011

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