Student publication meeting draws students with interest in covering campus life

After a slow first year, the Johnson University Royal Scribe is beginning a new chapter with a new staff.

Students check out the Royal Scribe Website as they learn about reporting for the Johnson student Publication.
Students check out the Royal Scribe Website as they learn about reporting for the Johnson student publication.

Eleven students met Thursday to learn more about working for the Royal Scribe, Johnson University’s student publication.

“The Scribe is an opportunity for students to participate in campus life and take part in Johnson’s history,” said Matthew Broaddus, advisor to the Royal Scribe. “It is also an opportunity for students to practice gathering and reporting information.”

The Scribe staff will be covering events on campus and of interest to the students, staff and faculty at Johnson University.
Perspective staff members were introduced to Johnson freshman journalism major Abbey Whitaker, who will be serving as the Scribe’s Editor-N-Chief.

Whitaker told the students she was exited to see so many participants.

“Being on the Scribe will help you in so many more ways than you can imagine,” she said.

Broaddus agreed that a student publication is an important part of campus life.

“Faculty members who have been here for many years have told me this is one of the least documented periods in Johnson’s history,” he said. “We want to make sure that isn’t the case.”

He said the Royal Scribe is an opportunity for students to cover the current events at Johnson, and ultimately build a historical record from a student perspective.

“The nature of a student publication is sometimes challenging,” Broaddus said. “This is essentially a lab environment where the experiments are conducted in a very public venue.”

He said that students are expected to meet professional journalistic standards of accuracy, integrity and honesty.

“This is where students learn how to do journalism the correct way,” Broaddus said. “ We are training young Christians to enter a field that is desperate for redemption.

“They need to conduct their work for the Royal Scribe at the same level they would conduct themselves with a future employer and with the knowledge that they represent their Savior,” he added.

While this is the second year for the Royal Scribe, it is the first year the publication will be promoted around campus.

Broaddus said the previous year was a learning year.

“I think we have the bugs worked out,” he said.

If you would be interested in reporting for the Royal Scribe, or have a story idea, please e-mail royalscribe@johnsonu.edu.

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