Mooring Mast covers Seattle demonstrations
They were 48 PLU students in the vanguard of the nationally-reported World Trade Organization (WTO) convention protest march in Seattle, last Nov. 30. Mast news editor Kelly Kearsley '01 and photographer Josh Miller '01 covered the story for the PLU student newspaper.
Covering the convention "was the closest I've ever come to covering breaking news. Josh and I talked to spectators, protestors, police--we wanted to get an overview of the event."
The WTO conference "was an opportunity that cannot be duplicated in the classroom," said PLU communication Professor Cliff Rowe, who is the Mast adviser. The student reporters "focused on PLU's involvement, localizing an international story. Their coverage, which was quickly turned around in time for the paper's deadline, was fair and accurate. There was no over-exaggeration of events-altogether it was a great experience for them."
"It was the first time I felt obligated to my job as a journalist," Kearsley says. "I felt that I was part of history-understanding what my parents told me about the marches of the '60s and '70s. The experience helped solidify my decision to be a journalist."
Prior to the event,
Rowe, a veteran of the Chicago 1968 Democratic Party convention, impressed
on his news team that they were participating as journalists, not as
demonstrators. His assessment: "they were very honest, they did
a professional job. They learned firsthand that (this kind of coverage)
is not fun and games; it's ugly when the violence happens."
Photos: Josh Miller, The PLU Mooring Mast