Journalists are used to telling stories, not being the stories. Last week, the tables were turned.
When the news came out that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lied about an experience during the early days of the Iraq War, people in the journalism industry picked sides. Some stood by him, but few actually defended him. Lea Hellmueller, an assistant professor in the department of journalism and electronic media at Texas Tech University, said when incidents like this happen, reporters are forced to reevaluate their own ethics.
Black History Month has led to the beginning of important discussions regarding the perceptions of race - especially during the turbulent times that included the coverage of the reportedly racially motivated deaths of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner - and brought noted speakers to the campus of Texas Tech.
But the month is only 28 days, and some are hoping that it could evolve into year-round conversations about race and culture in America.
Soil researchers have a PSA for the wider, non-soil researching world: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is simply soil that has been misplaced from its natural setting, like the stuff tracked into your house and makes a mess.