Introductory news writing classes teach journalism students the pure fundamentals. Facts, not assertions. Don’t take sides. When you begin to understand the rules and know how to use them, that’s when you can break them. Journalists can use their reporting to advocate with the power of a publication behind them. This week, student journalists at the Michigan Daily are not only covering the decision to keep quarterback Shane Morris in a football game following a horrific hit and subsequent concussion, but also challenging the University of Michigan’s athletic department leadership. The students who write for the paper are outraged and disgusted and are using the weight of the Michigan Daily to seek change. Their continuing coverage is sharp, unrelenting, and impassioned – just like college football.
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