To celebrate the Department of Journalism’s 50th anniversary, Ball State hosted Gene Policinski Wednesday night in the Student Center Ballroom.
The 1972 Ball State alumnus spoke about the current state of the press, the disruptions journalism faces as it continues into the digital age and the future of journalism.
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In a large audience mostly comprised of journalists, Policinski seemed to be echoing the sentiments of the crowd, but those in attendance remained attentive and respondent to all of his advice.
“I learned a lot about media and what the dangers are but also some of the solutions,” said Claudia Como, a speech pathology major. “It was interesting to see how journalists can have an impact in our lives.”
Even though Como is not a journalist herself, she said she learned all of the ways that journalism affects her specifically.
“First of all, it makes me more educated in general and helps me be able to have my own opinions and learn about everything, so I know what I’m talking about,” Como said.
Throughout his talk, many audience members agreed with the points Policinski was making and wanted to know more during his question and answer session.
Muncie community member Tom Schwartz said he especially agreed with Policinski when he discussed how journalists have to constantly check their facts and reread their stories.
“The things he said were spot on,” Schwartz said.
During his speech, Policinski encouraged the journalists in the room to take the jobs they were unqualified for because it’s the only way to improve.
In closing, Policinski challenged students to interview the first new person they meet tomorrow.
“Do that and find their story. I guarantee you will be stunned with a wonderful story you could write about,” Policinski said.
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