NSU J-Day, an opportunity to reconnect with my “why”

I’m always honored to be invited to speak at my alma mater, Northwestern State University. Their annual J-Day is connects future journalists with communications professionals to discuss trends in the industry, news philosophy, and career advice.

High school students from around Louisiana and Texas are also participating in journalism competitions, listening to keynote lectures, and having one-on-one and panel discussions with media professionals.

This annual event is also a wonderful opportunity for fellow volunteers to connect.


Even though we’re asked to impart wisdom upon the students, I often feel like I leave J-Day with something consequential to ponder.

Dr. Jim Henderson, president of NSU and a fellow NSU Journalism graduate, delivered a keynote that quoted 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal.

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”

It’s amazing that his observations would hold so much relevance in 21st century America.

I hope these young minds left NSU’s J-Day feeling empowered and inspired to embark on the quest for truth in their work.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Raycom Media. They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2018 Lane Luckie

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