Student investigative journalism as a societal empowering factor


6 high school students have been credited with pursuing an investigation which has led to the exposure of their principal has having fraudulent education credentials.

A group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper, the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas, had begun researching their principal and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials. For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn’t work. They found no evidence that it was an accredited university. They published an article questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant. It led to the quick resignation of the principal.

The media as the Fourth Pillar can be an effective societal tool. The fact that it was wielded by students is amazing. When we look at issues from around the world that may be applicable to our society, we have to wonder if investigative journalism has any relevance to our society.

We also have to wonder if our students can be as independent and dynamic as these students. What beneficial outcomes could such student activism and empowerment lead to for our society?




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