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MTSU Student Reporters Begin Unique Journalism Project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Seven students from Middle Tennessee State University's College of Mass Communication will make up the inaugural staff of the Seigenthaler News Service.

The initiative is named after John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and a former editor and publisher of The Tennessean. Seigenthaler convinced editors to allow the students to work out of the Tennesean's newsroom.

Student journalist Richel Albright is one of the students participating. She says her team will be reporting on the federal court system and agencies in Tennessee.

“Our goal is just to keep everybody honest, and just to give the citizens and the readers a look at what is going on, because they need to know what’s going on in the court system because it does affect them whether they realize it or not.”

Supporters of the project say it's unique because only a handful of journalism schools have similar initiatives, and none of them include coverage of federal courts.