The News Argus May 1997 Page 2
Danielle Prophete - Eduor-in-Chief
Cheryl Cash - News Editor
SHARONDA WiLCOX - EnTTERTAINMENT EdITOR
MONICA Alexander - Sports Editor
Douglas Clark, Jr. - Photographer
Dr.Valerie S. Saddler — Adviser
Let's Turn The Page
In August 1996, I became a Ram. Transferring here
from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in
Charlotte, was a challenging experience for me. A
challenge because 1 had to leave behind many family,
friends, and a lot of memories from CPCC, but I had to
further my education and Winston-Salem Slate University
would better prepare me for the rest of my life. NOT!
Enter to learn...Depart to serve... is the school’s
motto. As a junior mass communications major, I have
definitely entered to learn; but currently I don’t feel
university is preparing me to....Depart to serve. I arrived
very eager to learn and participate in school activities just
to find in many instances I was shunned and put down for
trying to participate and be active. I faced ridicule and
many negative comments from students and faculty. This
kind of behavior is just intolerable. Through all the
negativity I have still been able to rise above it; something
I feel not everyone would be able to do.
This year has not been a total bust because there have
been some good moments. I’ve met some great friends. As
a newcomer, I was also given the opportunity to become
very involved with The News Argus. With the help of the
terrific staff members, we were able to bring you eight
issues of the newspaper this year. I feel The News Argus
has grown as a paper as well as raised the consciousness
our readership. With the addition of new columns; The
Fashion Police, Ask Willomay and FYl more students have
been reading the newspaper and even more are asking
about how to get involved.
In August 1997, I will be editor-in-chief of The News
Argus. As Editor-in-Chief, I invite all Rams to get
involved. We would love to have your suggestions,
participation and input. During the 1996-1997 school year
there were many controversial articles that seemed to cause
an uproar on campus. If we print something that you
disagree with, you are definitely invited to voice your
The key phrase for the next school year will be Get
Involved. Since coming to WSSU, I have learned that
'students need to take responsibility for our learning
exf)eriences and actions. We must do everything that we
are suppose to do - purchase textbooks, go to class, take
notes, study , READ assignments and be an active
participant in the classroom. Don’t be afraid to question
authority; but be sure you are questioning for the right
cause. Don’t be afraid to LEARN new things.
Challenge your mind. It’s your money, why not get your
money's worth! I hope everyone has a blessed summer. I
look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
DaniclXe Prophete, Ectvtor-in-CfvieJ
ISSUES G flnSWERS
Reporting The News
According to a recent article in
the Atlanta Constitution by Eunice
Moscoso, concerning a nationwide
survey conducted by the Center for
Media and Public Affairs, a research
group stated that many Americans
view journalists as very arrogant,
very negative and biased in their
reporting of the news.
I think the management at
media organizations should provide
direction and guidance to their news
directors and reporters about
interjecting their personal opinions
or beliefs into news stories.
If members of newspapers,
radio or television staffs would like
to address topics that interest them
or the public, they should write an
opinion article or do a commentary
on television or radio.
‘There’s a growing concern
that journalists are out of touch with
the public they claim to work for,”
said Robert Lichter, director of the
Center for Media and Public
The survey also reported that
42 percent of the people said that
journalists were very arrogant. One
third of the people surveyed said
that journalists were not very
compassionate, they were very
cynical and they lacked objectivity
in their reporting of the news.
Additionally, 75 percent of the
people said it was very important
for the media to hold public officials
accountable for their actions.
Sixty-six percent of the people said
that the media’s main role was in
protecting the public from
PRIVATE and PUBLIC abuses of
power in our society.
I found the article
informative; but I was
surprised to discover that 75 percent
of the people surveyed said that the
court system should be allowed to
impose fines for inaccurate or
STOP THE PRESSES! If
this ever happens what would
become of the Federal
I think journalists who
intentionally report inaccurate
information should not pay a fine.
Instead, I think that professional
journalists and their
management/staff should spend
time reviewing the Society of
Professional Journalists’ Code of
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dood Luck. In Alt 0!F your Future “Eruleavors
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DOUGLAS CLARK JR.
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