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CULLOWHEE – Two members of the editorial staff of Western Carolina University's student-run news magazine were selected to take part in a daylong symposium hosted by The New York Times to help college journalists learn more about the role of newspapers in a democratic society.

The students – Jessica Jarrard of Lexington, editor-in-chief of the Western Carolinian, and Sara Halterman of Charlotte, features editor – spent a day in the main offices of The New York Times on Monday, April 4, working directly with reporters, correspondents and editors to hone their journalistic skills. Each student participating in the symposium was required to submit an essay on the topic “The Role of a Newspaper in a Democracy.”

The “Inside the Times” symposium is an exclusive opportunity for American Association of State College and Universities member institutions that are partners in the American Democracy Project program, a civic engagement initiative designed to increase the number of undergraduate students who participate in meaningful civic actions. The project addresses the country's decreasing rate of participation in civic life, including voting, advocacy and other forms of civic engagement.

At the symposium, Jarrard and Halterman participated in a workshop on the editing process with individuals who make daily decisions about the content of the paper. They also met correspondents and editors from the different desks, and interacted with other student editors from around the country.

Jarrard, a graduate of North Davidson High School, is a junior majoring in political science and history at Western. She is the daughter of Laura Jarrard of Davidson County.

Halterman, a graduate of Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, is a senior majoring in communication at Western. The daughter of Lynn and Mary Kaye Halterman of Charlotte, she also serves as advertising manger for the Western Carolinian.

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