SJSU’s Inauguration Road Trip

A handful of San Jose State journalism students are currently in the midst of a ten-day road trip taking them through the United States South and ultimately culminating at the inauguration of our 44th president, Barack Obama.  The trip was the brainchild of Dr. Michael Cheers and Professor Bob Rucker, photojournalism and broadcast journalism teachers respectively.

According to the trip blog, “The goal for these journalism, advertising and public relations students — to walk back through time and learn at these historic sites how the blood, sweat and tears of the 1950s and 60s equal rights pioneers paved the way for all people of color, women, gays and lesbians, the disabled and religious cultural groups in America to be recognized, appreciated, and valued in our society, and to have equal opportunity to live the American dream.”

Already, the students have been featured in the pages of the San Jose Mercury News, their iReport clips have aired on CNN, and their coverage has been featured on the KTVU web site.

You can follow along with their coverage by viewing their blog, and can help them cover trip expenses by donating.

The following piece was put together by SJSU alumni Diana Diroy.

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