Statement from the School of Journalism and Strategic Media
June 3, 2020
The faculty at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, University of Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas chapter of Society of Professional Journalists condemn racism, hate and police brutality.
We are committed to cultural literacy and sensitivity, and in the reporting of all communities. This sensitivity is essential in our work to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.
We are alarmed at reports of police targeting credentialed news reporters, photo and multi-media journalists as they strive to inform the public about civil unrest in their communities. When journalists are attacked, and blocked from doing their jobs, important stories go unseen and unheard.
Now, more than ever, professional journalism is essential to remain informed, safe and healthy.