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May 21st, 2019

eisenhower tourLeader & Times publisher Earl Watt, left, discusses the newspaper industry with students from Eisenhower Middle School last week. The students were on a tour to learn about career options in Liberal. Students visited a variety of businesses throghout the community to learn what is required to work at various businesses. L&T photo/Danny CollinsDANNY COLLINS • Leader & Times

 

Leader and Times Owner/Publisher Earl Watt spoke to eighth grade students of Eisenhower Middle School  last week about the career opportunities in the newspaper industry. 

Watt advised students on the nomenclature of newspapers, the press, and education necessary to work in various departments of a newspaper organization. 

A key part of the instruction was the importance of the press and the need to keep the public informed as the freedom of the press is one of our guaranteed rights in the U.S. Constitution.

Students were also educated about the difference between news and opinion, and the ethical duty to stay unbiased regarding news and opinion.

Several students asked questions about the freedom of speech as well as legal ramifications of libel and slander.

The group also discussed issues currently in the headlines that involved claims of “fake news.”

Watt explained that good reporters seek both sides of issues without allowing their personal views to skew the story in one direction.

The students were taking tours at business throughout Liberal in an effort to better understand a variety of careers as well as the education needed to work different jobs.

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