MUNCIE – According to Ball State University senior, Kelli Reutman, it is time to thank the people who bring us the local news –– and maybe not a moment too soon.
The senior and her fellow advertising and public relations classmates in the Advanced Campaigns class at BSU have created a national movement to recognize journalists for their conscientiousness on issues in their communities.
“We live in a divided political climate right now,” said Reutman [pronounced “right man”]. “We wanted to thank those people who bring us the information we need from an impartial view. That’s even more important in our world of fake news.”
As part of the project, the class sent a proposal to Governor Eric Holcomb, who signed a proclamation designating March 13, 2019 as “Thank a Journalist Day.”
“Most journalists work on the local level keeping us safe and politicians honest. Often they are writing about the local policy shapers, and being a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves,” said Reutman.
In conjunction with the campaign, the public is invited to use social media to thank journalists. Facebook and Twitter users can use the hashtag #thankajournalist to leave their comments.
The team also created a website — thankajournalistday.com — to provide a convenient forum for the general public to say thanks.
“That’s my baby,” said the Jasper, Indiana native, who is seeking a career in Front End Web Development. “I’m not a journalist, but journalism students work with us. The project has been a great way for me to learn how to reach an end audience without targeting them directly.”
The concept for Thank a Journalist came from the leadership of Professor Michelle O’Malley, who noted the campaign coincides with the national Freedom Forum naming 2019 as The Year of the Student Journalist.
The campaign also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Department of Journalism at Ball State University, also marking the school’s hundredth year of teaching, added Reutman.
To add your voice to the Thank A Journalist campaign, please visit thankajournalistday.com and follow on Twitter @ThankJournalist or on Facebook @thankajournalist.