FHSU students attend workshop in New York hosted by The New York Times
02/17/2004

Two editors from the Fort Hays State University student newspaper, The University Leader, will attend The New York Times hosted symposium "Inside the Times" Feb. 20, in New York City.

Krista Lutgen, Osborne senior, and Mark Keller, Johnson senior, were selected to represent FHSU at the symposium available only to college newspaper editors.

"Mark and Krista were chosen because they were the most applicable to the topics being covered at this event," said Dawn Mermis, coordinator of student publications. "Krista is editor-in-chief and Mark is the news editor, so it had a lot to do with their positions."

The symposium will explore the role of the press in a democratic society and is a collaboration between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Democracy Project (ADP), a multi-campus collaboration that promotes civic engagement.

"I think it is a wonderful chance for students to hear editors and correspondents talk about how they cover the news, make decisions about editorial content and work to make their newspaper a powerful voice in our democracy," wrote George Mehaffy, vice president for academic leadership and change in the AASCU, in a memorandum to editors attending.

During the day-long conference, student newspaper editors will have the opportunity to work directly with The New York Times newsroom to explore the role of a newspaper and to develop their journalistic skills. Students will meet with the managing editors to discuss the role of newspapers and its correlation with the first amendment.

They will participate in a workshop on the editing process and interact with individuals who make daily decisions about the content of the paper. Students will also meet correspondents and editors from the different desks. Student editors will also have time to interact with the other student editors from around the country.

"I believe that it's a wonderful opportunity for Krista and Mark to see what it's like in a major news department," Mermis said. "They will get to see the criteria for choosing news, for choosing writers and for formulating stories. Each newspaper has its own philosophy, and this will be a great way for them to witness the philosophy of a major newspaper.

"I hope that they are able to bring back an understanding of a large newspaper and how it is incorporated into the community. I also hope that they are able to develop an understanding of how to form the news and how to put that news into a large distribution."


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