U niversity of Colorado journalism junior Robert Denton was one of 14 students nationwide who flew to Washington, D.C., on Friday morning to spend the weekend covering the President's inauguration for the Public Broadcasting System.
Denton was chosen as one of the photojournalists who will participate in a PBS NewsHour inauguration multimedia program, a short course that gives a group of students the chance to report on the inauguration through various media channels.
The reporters, photographers, videographers, social media and design students will combine their efforts to provide extensive coverage before, during and after the event, which will be posted to the program's blog, inaugblog.com.
Denton said covering the national event will give him a new perspective on journalism that he hasn't gained from his internships or his position as the managing editor for the CU Independent, the university's student-run, online newspaper.
"I worked at the Greeley Tribune over summer as a photography intern, which was a big part of my path in learning about journalism," Denton said. "But this is a great opportunity to work on story of this magnitude, plus get some great experience in the national environment."
Chris Braider, director of CU's Journalism and Mass Communication program, said while a pre-existing relationship with PBS likely helped get CU's applicants noticed, Denton's broad experience made him an excellent candidate for the short course.
"He was our go-to guy for photos last year," Braider said. "In addition to being a fine young photojournalist, he's also an excellent writer."
The journalism school was recently discontinued leaving CU with a program that allows students to get undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, rather than a school dedicated to journalism and mass communication. The program is expected to merge with a new arts and media school, which is still in the early stages.
Braider said Denton's achievements are a reminder that the program's students are still making their mark in the news industry.
"On one hand, it's a way to remind everyone we have the stuff," Braider said, "but it's also a way of reanimating the program after the discontinuance."
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