JAMIA COLLINS, COURTBOUILLON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & ROLANDA JOUBERT, ONLINE/MANAGING EDITOR

This protest was one of the biggest news stories to happen to dillard university and as student journalists, it was exciting to cover this event. We originally had doubts students would truly protest, but we were proven wrong. We learned how to cover a major debate, saw how a professional media room operates and met some professional journalists. We were even able to interview some of the candidates after the debate, which for some of us was our first time interviewing someone of prominence. We learned from covering the debate that as journalists, we have to be objective and not let our feelings about david duke show in our behavior

CLEO JOFFRION ALLEN, PH.D., APR, COURTBOUILLON ADVISER

The Nov. 2, 2016, event at dillard provided a good opportunity for students to cover a governmental debate with its accompanying messiness. We had a reporter and photographer outside with demonstrators and the same inside for the debate. Prior to students attending the event, I re-iterated in class and in courtbouillon meetings that no matter how distasteful David Duke’s presence might be, it was part of the democratic process. We also talked about the need to look and act in a professional manner and to do research on the candidates and issues beforehand. Perhaps, most of all, I emphasized the need to remain above the fray: reporters are not typically part of the story; they are expected to remain objective.

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