No news is bad news: the Newhouse School will host News Engagement Day Oct. 3

By Dana Matuson and Jordyn Weisberg

September 29, 2017

Ignorance is not bliss; no news is bad news. Now more than ever there is a need for truthful, accurate news to help the public to formulate their own opinions on trending issues and topics dominating society. 

To show how the campus community is engaging with news, the Newhouse School has partnered with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for the fourth annual News Engagement Day, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Celebrated around the country, News Engagement Day is a daylong campaign aimed at reversing public perception of news and combating a lack of understanding about journalism and an overall distrust of media. This year, event organizers will use social media to promote why “no news is bad news.”

The day will feature a social media blitz where journalists and students alike are asked to engage with Newhouse on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and use a Snapchat Geotag. Topics of discussion will include why individuals chose to stay in a media profession; a story that resonates; and why society needs news.

The day will end with a public event, “From News to Novel,” at 6:30 p.m. in the I-3 Center, 432 Newhouse 3. The event, hosted by the SU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will feature guest speaker Cheryl Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of Newspaper and Online Journalism, who is an expert in investigative journalism. Reed just published her first novel, “Poison Girls,” a thriller that follows a female crime reporter as she tries to track down a serial killer who uses fentanyl-laced heroin to kill girls from political families. A Q&A will follow Reed’s presentation.

For more information and to participate in News Engagement Day, follow @NewhouseSU and use the hashtags #NewsEngagementDay, #NewsValue, #JournalismMatters and #Nhned.

General questions may also be directed to Emilie Davis at