Belmont Professor of Journalism Dr. Sybril Bennett facilitated a panel at the Rotary Club of Nashville on March 16 entitled “The People, The Police and the Pulpit.” Panelists included Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, Mount Zion Baptist Church Pastor Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III and Pastor and community activist Michael Joyner. From Ferguson, Missouri to the Federal Government, the panel discussed how issues of relationships between law enforcement and its citizens continue to create needs for change.
Bennett also served as a judge for the national Scripps Howard Journalism Awards. The Scripps Howard Awards program offers 17 categories and $180,000 in prize money. The competitions recognize work across multiple platforms and category eligibility. What was once extended primarily to newspapers, now embraces television stations, networks, online media outlets and independent producers.The judging took place at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Winners can be found here.