Looking back at Spring 2017: Dean Baquet, Chatbot Hackathon, award-winning documentaries and more!

Spring 2017 was an eventful semester at the Reynolds School. Let’s have a look at the accomplishments of our faculty and students.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet visited us in February, drawing big crowds on campus and downtown for inspiring conversation about the state of journalism, more important than ever.

Assistant Professor Patrick File organized a forum on the state of the First Amendment, featuring media scholars discussing the threats to free speech in the public and private sectors. 

Our media entrepreneurship program sponsored a Hackathon on using artificial-intelligence bots for journalism. It drew students from all over the country.

Our own students made us proud: Mike Olinger was part of a Knight-News21 team that won a national award for a series on voting rights. Our PRSSA chapter put on a major regional conference and our IMC competition team finished second in regionals. The Bateman Public Relations team won a national honorable mention for its campaign on mental health awareness.

And recent graduate Crystal Powell was named Nevada woman student filmmaker of the year for her documentary on child abuse.

Speaking of filmmaking, Professor Kari Barber screened her acclaimed documentary “Struggle and Hope” in France, at Paris and Cannes.

Our Noticiero Móvil news service published a bilingual magazine, and provided bilingual reporting to KUNR.

Star-Ledger data journalist Stephen Stirling delivered a stirring Scripps Lecture.

And public media professionals from around the nation came to campus to work one-on-one with Reynolds School students in our fifth-annual Next Generation Radio Nevada NPR Boot Camp, the first such program in the land.

We capped the semester by graduating 80 outstanding students, who will lead the renaissance of American journalism. What will we achieve next year? Stay tuned for exciting news and updates from the Reynolds School. 

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