Butler University junior Jillian McCarter, news editor for The Butler Collegian, is one of 75 students from around the country selected to participate in the Campus Coverage Project, a program that teaches investigative reporting skills to college reporters who can then apply them to covering campus issues.
McCarter, an Evansville native, will receive a full scholarship to attend a three-day Campus Investigative Reporting Workshop, Jan. 5-8 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix, and participate in a year-long program that offers ongoing training and opportunities to learn from top reporters.
“I’m excited to be a part of this project,” McCarter said. “I’m looking forward to bringing the skills I learn back to Butler second semester and putting them to good use for The Collegian. I’m excited to see what will happen.”
The program in Arizona will include panels, workshops, story brainstorming sessions and hands-on computer-assisted reporting classes. Students leave armed with strategies to provide more in-depth coverage of their campus, as well as journalism skills they will use throughout their lifetime.
Students participating in the program are expected to produce stories based on the training they receive at the workshop.
The Campus Coverage Project, put on by the organization Investigative Reporters and Editors in partnership with Education Writers Association and the Student Press Law Center, is in its third year. The project is sponsored by Lumina Foundation, which is headquartered in Indianapolis.
Loni McKown, professional practice faculty in Butler’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and adviser to The Collegian, said McCarter’s selection “is yet one more recognition of the quality of education at Butler’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and the College of Communication.”
The Collegian was named a 2011 Pacemaker Award winner, the highest honor for a student newspaper, by the Associated Collegiate Press in Orlando last month. In September, Olivia Ingle, The Collegian’s online managing editor, was the only student from an Indiana university or college selected to cover the Society for Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism national conference in New Orleans.
“We’re thrilled Jillian was selected to participate in the Campus Coverage Project,” McKown said. “We look forward to her sharing what she learns with other journalism students and Collegian staffers.”