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UW-Eau Claire Student Editors to Attend
'Inside the Times' Symposium

RELEASED: March 18, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — As part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's participation in the American Democracy Project — the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' civic engagement initiative with The New York Times — two UW-Eau Claire journalism students will once again take part in a symposium for college newspaper editors that will explore the role of the press in a democratic society.

UW-Eau Claire, a charter member of ADP, is among a small group of institutions invited to send students to the "Inside the Times" symposium, which will be hosted by The New York Times at their headquarters in New York City on April 4.

As part of an extensive ADP pilot project in the fall of 2003, twenty-seven UW-Eau Claire faculty members and more than 1,000 students and student mentors received The New York Times at no cost for 10 weeks. The papers were used in 42 classes in a variety of disciplines to help promote civic awareness and engagement among undergraduates. The project, co-sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Academic Affairs, the First Year Experiences Office, the Center for Service-Learning and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has since been expanded; the papers are used across more disciplines and for an increasing variety of class projects.

At the "Inside the Times" symposium, seniors Gina Duwe, Wausau, and Sara Boyd, Lino Lakes, Minn., will have the opportunity to work directly with newsroom staff and meet with managing editors to discuss the role of newspapers and the First Amendment. Each student attending the conference must submit an essay on "The Role of a Newspaper in a Democracy" prior to attending the conference. The essays will be printed and shared with all conference attendees.

"I definitely think this will help my journalism career," said Boyd, current managing editor of UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper The Spectator. "Every experience or opportunity you can get as a journalist will enhance your future in the field.

Duwe and Boyd will participate in a workshop on the editing process and interact with individuals who make daily decisions about the content of the paper. They also will meet correspondents and editors from the different desks, as well as have time to interact with other student editors from around the country.

"Having the opportunity to interact and get advice from some of the top editors of The New York Times is an invaluable experience," said Duwe. "Learning from these people, as well as spending time in the newsroom, will give me great insight into the profession before graduation."

Duwe is UW-Eau Claire's current Devroy scholar and recently completed a winterim residency at The Washington Post. She is also editor in chief of The Spectator.

UW-Eau Claire Provost and Vice Chancellor Ron Satz, who is sponsoring the students' trip to New York, said UW-Eau Claire has been invited to participate in these types of opportunities because the AASCU and the New York Times recognize that UW-Eau Claire, with its service-learning baccalaureate degree requirement for all undergraduate students, has long been the kind of civically-engaged campus that the ADP is trying to promote and encourage.

Matthew Ollwerther of Eagan, Minn., and Tim Ahrens of Rogers, Minn. were chosen to attend the conference last year.

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