What Immanuel Kant Taught Me About Journalism

To preface what you’re about to read, I should clarify that I am by no means a philosophy junkie with theoretical beliefs and opinions hidden away in my sleeve ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. I am simply a student who appreciates what studying foreign doctrines can do to expand your worldview.

On that note, I came across an excerpt on Immanuel Kant’s convictions regarding journalism and communication in John Merrill’s Legacy of Wisdom. I couldn’t help but think, “This is so philosophically dense… I Kant handle it!” Puns aside, I’ve always found the fundamentals of Kant to be an arbiter of both curiosity and criticism, as I’m not sure exactly where I would fall in his ethics.

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Efforts to divide California leave many skeptical

Recently, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Six Californias” plan was given permission by the California Secretary of State’s Office to begin collecting the 807,000 signatures required to qualify for this November’s voting ballot. Draper has been trying to gain support on this plan for a year now.

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The Only Thing You SHOULD Be Doing in Your Twenties

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The Only Thing You SHOULD Be Doing in Your Twenties

I’ve read a thousand of these same articles and posts that have been circulating Facebook as of late: “20 Things You Need to Do Before You Turn 30“, “News Years Resolutions You SHOULD Be Making For 2014“, “Top 10 Things You Should Accomplish in Your Twenties“, “20 Things To Let Go of Before the New Year“, “What You SHOULD Be Doing Instead of Getting Engaged in Your Twenties“, blah blah BLAH.

While I may agree with some of them more than others, I more so believe that people should stop looking at lists and trying to fit the molds of other people’s standards and bullshit articles. Sure, some of them are somewhat entertaining and can also be “inspiring” but these writers, who have no idea who you are and where you’ve been, can in no way decide what you “

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Letter to a young journalist


By Caitlin Kelly

Inspired by a post on Small Dog Syndrome; a great anonymous letter from a nurse with 12 years’ experience to one studying for the exam to nursing school.

Here — H/T to Amber Hargroder — is a terrific 8:45 video of artist Marina Abramovic with her advice to young artists, much of which can equally apply to any ambitious writer.

The original is a series of letters between a young military student, Franz Kappus and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke between 1902 and 1908, when Kappus was deciding whether or not to become a poet.

I’ve been writing journalism and non-fiction books for a living since my third year of university, when I began selling stories to national newspapers and magazines in my native Canada. I’ve since written for dozens of publications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, with staff reporting jobs at three major dailies. Freelance…

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There and back again: Study abroad programs expand to New Zealand

For the first time ever, Azusa Pacific is introducing a summer study abroad option for communication studies and journalism students in New Zealand through a partnership with Christian nonprofit HCJB Global.

From May 16 to June 6, students will explore Auckland, among other destinations, through the partnership with HCJB’s Wandering Sheep Productions.

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Children’s nutrition quality suffers due to SNAP cut

On November 1 of this year, nearly 47 million Americans, including 22 million children, experienced financial toil more than ever when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), benefits were cut from every participating household. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s boost in benefits had expired on October 31, leaving a $5 billion cut, a serious depletion in nutritional promise for growing children.

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Former U.S. Treasurer visits campus, speaks against ‘political correctness’

Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan encourages students to stand up for their beliefs even when it goes against ‘political correctness.’  Photo credit: Kayla Landrum

Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan encourages students to stand up for their beliefs even when it goes against ‘political correctness.’
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APU’s Young Conservatives Club hosted its first event of the year Tuesday night when former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan encouraged students to stand up for their beliefs in “Is political correctness destroying America?”

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Rivalry stays strong despite affiliation


Senior forward Tyler Monroe dunks past seven-foot Biola forward Mike Kurtz in a loss that showed plenty of offensive production for the Cougars, but not nearly enough defense.
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Disappointed Azusa Pacific students, family and alum left the Felix Event Center Saturday after the men’s basketball team fell to Biola 83-78. This was the first time that the two rivals met as non-conference opponents in Azusa.

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Clothesline Project gives a voice to the voiceless

clotheslineT-shirts and socks hung high on a clothesline at Seven Palms from Oct. 14 through 18 for the Clothesline Project, a week-long event where students and faculty showed their support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The event was sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and supported by the University Counseling Center, Campus Pastors Office and Office of Residence Life.

The Clothesline Project is designed to give a voice to men and women who have experienced the horrors of domestic violence. Survivors were encouraged to write their thoughts and experiences on a T-shirt. Other students showed support by writing encouragement on socks and hanging them as a symbolic commitment to pray for the victims and survivors in the community.

The Clothesline Project was established in 1990 in Cape Cod, Mass., when the Women’s Defense Agenda learned that 58,000 soldiers were killed during the Vietnam War, and during that time 51,000 women in the U.S. were killed by men who claimed to love them. Because women traditionally hung their clothes out to dry on a clothesline, allowing themselves time to talk with each other, the organization used the drying aid as the visual representation for their cause.


“[The clothesline] is symbolic in telling their story as a survivor,” said Kaley Lindquist, the 2nd year grad student and assistant of the WRC.

The T-shirts displayed various stories of fear, hurt, redemption and strength.

“What the shirt represents is giving a voice to the voiceless,” Lindquist said. “That is the purpose of the project — to give a voice to these stories that are so often unheard.”

The Clothesline Project was available for visitors throughout the whole week, with WRC staff, along with campus pastors and UCC staff available for support and information from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Thursday at 1 p.m., WRC staff held a communal prayer meeting with students and faculty to pray for survivors.

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One survivor of sexual assault said the event is particularly helpful on a college campus because it has the potential to “open people’s eyes to what is going on around them.”

“[Abuse] is not this whole other, scary, dark world,” said the sophomore sociology major, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s something that’s here and is present and is in every sort of life. It can affect anybody.”

WRC graduate assistant Christal Stanley said some people who have never been affected by domestic violence do not realize how much of a problem it really is.

“I [kept] hearing the word ‘powerful’ after they read the T-shirts and the stories,” Stanley said.

Not only does the Clothesline Project provide awareness to those who are uninformed of the severity of this problem, it allows APU to step up as a community-centered student body to create unity for these survivors.

“I know there abuse survivors out there who are hurting, and it makes me want to know who they are so I can reach out to them,” the anonymous sophomore sociology major said. “Even though it’s different situations and different people, it’s something that we should be reaching out to as a community and as a student body.”

After letting the story out on a T-shirt, the next step is healing. The mission of the WRC and other supporting departments is to be available to hear the stories of those who didn’t put up shirts or feel like they have an ongoing story worth telling. The Clothesline Project was simply a steppingstone to providing a safe place for students to find healing.

“My role … is to be available in case there are women who would like to form a sexual assault survivor group,” said Dr. Elaine Walton, WRC director and a UCC psychologist. “[I want] to hear what [students] really want and then try and meet that need with the resources that we have.”

The WRC highly encourages any student, male or female, who has been affected by the devastation of sexual assault and domestic violence to come into its office, or the UCC or Campus Pastors’ offices.

“We love having our male students in our office, and we would encourage even more men to come,” Lindquist said. “These issues are not just women’s issues.”

For more information, visit the Clothesline Project website here, APU’s Clothesline Project page here, or drop by the WRC, located on East Campus across from Career Services.