Imagine life in a society that didnâ€™t support a free press.
Who would act as the watchdogs over government? Where would people go for credible, objective information?
Tonight, the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, at CSU is hosting a journalism event, â€œFreedom of Speech â€“â€“ Where would we be without journalism?â€ that will seek to answer these questions.
The event, which will take place in the University Club on the top floor of the Lory Student Center from 4 to 7 p.m., hopes to promote journalism and raise awareness for what reporting brings to our society despite current economic setbacks.
â€œFor years now, journalists and newspapers have been taking a series of beatings in terms of resources and support,â€ said Holly Wolcott, news adviser for the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation.
â€œThis event is an attempt to highlight the importance of daily journalism and get people to renew their commitments to buying it, reading it and engaging in it,â€ she said.
Kevin Vaughan, an investigative reporter for the Denver Post, is the keynote speaker. Coloradoâ€™s SPJ Pro President Noelle Leavitt, as well as CSU members of SPJ, are also scheduled to speak. Vaughan will take questions from the audience from 6 to 7 p.m.
Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Put on by the Society of Professional Journalists, CSU Chapter
- 4 to 5 p.m.: Reception, exhibit viewing and silent auction
- 5 to 6 p.m.: Video showing, followed by brief speeches from SPJ@CSU Secretary Madeline Novey, Colorado SPJ President Noelle Leavitt and The Denver Postâ€™s Kevin Vaughan
- 6 to 7 p.m.: Q & A with Vaughan, silent auction winners announced, celebratory cake
- The event is free and open to the public