AggieCentral is the convergent news media site for the students, faculty and staff of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Produced and managed by a staff of student editors, reporters and designers, AggieCentral is the central hub for student news publications and productions. AggieCentral is a combined effort of faculty advisers within the CU Communication Department and students that work for CUTV and The Cameron Collegian.
Launched in the Spring 2010 semester, AggieCentral was made possible through an Economic Stimulus Grant that funded a Convergence Journalism integration project. AggieCentral combines the skill-sets of print and broadcast journalists, editors, designers, artists and technologists. AggieCentral journalists are outfitted with mobile production backpacks which carry HD video cameras, microphones and laptops. Every aspect of the news — from video editing to news stories and graphics — can be produced and uploaded to the site from the field. Combined with our on-site tools, these portable newsrooms have created a truly convergent journalism environment, combining all facets of the specific subject areas in the CU Mass Media programs.
The Advisers and Student Editors of AggieCentral hold to the Code of Ethics and Missions of the Society of Professional Journalists:
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.
To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.
It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.
It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:
— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— SPJ Only: To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
AggieCentral is a student publication advised through the Department of Communication. Two faculty advisers work with the site and with the students who produce content for the site.
Prof. David Bublitz
Dr. Matt Jenkins
These faculty advisers support wholly the Society of Professional Journalists Campus Media Statement:
Student media are designated public forums, and free from censorship and advance approval of content. Because content and funding are unrelated, and because the role of adviser does not include advance review of content, student media are free to develop editorial policies and news coverage with the understanding that students and student organizations speak only for themselves. Administrators, faculty, staff or other agents shall not consider the student media’s content when making decisions regarding the media’s funding or faculty adviser.