In Their Own Words: Students discuss their reporting with WKNO news director Christopher Blank
A team of 12 Ithaca College students traveled to Memphis March 31-April 4 to report on events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
The students produced radio reports that aired on WKNO-FM, Memphis’s NPR member station, and multimedia articles that were published on its website.
Along with my colleagues James Rada, Chrissy Guest and Rhonda Vanover, I accompanied the students and coordinated coverage with WKNO.
This was a rare moment for journalism students to put what they learn in the classroom into practice. Among those they interviewed were Dr. King’s children and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The stories of those everyday people who fought during the height of the Civil Rights movement were at the heart of the reporting.
This is the fifth time in recent years that our journalism department has teamed up with news outlets to cover stories of international significance. Other reporting collaborations included the inauguration of Donald Trump for PBS NewsHour and the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary for NBC News.