Journalism Students Take Part in Widely Published Investigation

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Food Safety Investigation conducted by journalism students working as part of the News21 program is being published this week by The Washington Post and

News 21 program headquarters are at the Arizona State University School of Mass Media and Journalism. It is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with a purpose of improving investigative journalism at journalism schools across the country.

Students involved take part in a 10-week reporting fellowship during the summer. This summer students from Arizona State University, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska and Harvard University worked together on a Food Safety Investigation, examining food safety issues across our country.

One article shared a great quote about the program from Eric Newton, senior advisor to the Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen.
"News21 proves that top journalism schools and top teachers can produce journalism as good as any in America today," said Newton. "News leaders and major news organizations agree — because they use News21's journalism."

I think this is a great program, and not only because these students are getting an experience of a lifetime. It's great because they are proving the great skills that the staff at their journalism skills are teaching them and proving the changing landscape of investigative journalism.

I also think it's great that they are doing a public service, as their studies proved many shocking facts about the American food industry. One of the most shocking I read about was that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only inspects 2% of the 24 million products that enter the country each year.

I also read on the project's website that News21 will be expanding next year to include students from other schools across the country. This is great because I think many schools, especially smaller ones, have students just as qualified that may not be getting noticed.


Lance Kramer October 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

I believe this a great idea. Getting student opinions on the new will give an insight on the young generation. It will target spacific types of audiences and bring about a variety of different social media tools in following this type of news. By getting other school around the nation to do this will bring upon new innovation for the media world to see.

Cait October 4, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

I found this article very interesting since, before my Hy-Vee times(and even some days during the summer) I worked in the food industry. You wouldn't believe all the regulations we had to follow to ensure food was safe to eat/drink.

I'm really jealous of these students, I would of loved to join in. Investigative journalism does perk up my interest, perhaps thats something I should look more into.

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