The press has a crucial role to play in keeping people and governments accountable, but lately, journalists around the world have been maligned and silenced–even violently attacked. This spring, with guidance from one of the world’s top advocates for press freedom, Beloit students had the chance to dig deeply into this timely issue.
Rick Brooks’69 wrote and recorded this audio essay for WNIJ, the DeKalb, Ill.-based National Public Radio affiliate, giving Beloiters within earshot a pleasant surprise when they heard it air live on February 27, 2019.
The Beloit chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, a sanctioned student club, brought the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide to campus March 27 to speak in Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall. More than one protest ensued.