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ERIC Number: EJ781177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-28
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-0277
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Nealy, Michelle
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n12 p24-26 Jul 2005
Five years ago, Pearl Stewart, then a roving journalist for Freedom Forum, scoured the southern region of the United States to assess student newspapers at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to help them improve. To her dismay, Stewart found many student newspapers floundering under administrative red tape and budget cuts. She also recognized that another drawback for student journalists at Black institutions was the lack of communication among HBCUs. To address these problems, Stewart wanted to create an online forum where HBCU students could discuss the issues that were unique to them. Through a $200,000 grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Stewart created Black College Wire (BCW) (, the first online news exchange designed to showcase the journalistic contributions of students from Black colleges. Founded in 2002, BCW is a platform for students to display their work on a credible Web site as well as the opportunity to receive professional editing. On BCW, readers find news stories, editorials, features and interactive audio streams. The site links 22 HBCU newspapers and serves as a free wire service exclusively dedicated to the happenings on Black college campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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