Washington and Lee’s journalism program was the first in the country when it began in the 1860’s. The journalism and mass communications department is one of the largest programs at Washington and Lee. Completed in fall 2002, the total renovation of Reid Hall, allows students and faculty to work in an environment perfectly designed for the convergence that is sweeping the professional media world. The W&L journalism program had been among the first in the nation to fully computerize all reporting and editing classes, and now it is among the first to create totally digital classroom and laboratory systems.
The Reid Hall facility includes Cable 2, a fully equipped television studio and control room that is used as a laboratory for television courses and presents news and public affairs programming to the Lexington community through the Lexington cable television system. The station is operated entirely by students under the direction of journalism faculty members.
Washington and Lee's is the only journalism program in Virginia that is fully accredited by the American Council on Education in Journalism, and is the only accredited journalism program at a highly competitive, nationally ranked liberal arts college.
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Twice a year for the past several decades, eminent communications professionals from throughout the country have come to Lexington for a weekend seminar with Washington and Lee journalism and mass communications majors about the ethical challenges that arise in today's media workplace.
The two-day institute is led by a keynote speaker, usually a well-known figure in the communications world. Recent keynoters have included New York Times columnist David Carr; former CBS News anchor Dan Rather; broadcast journalist and newspaper columnist Hodding Carter III; media entrepreneur Steven Brill; longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas; and New York Times ex-managing editor Gerald Boyd.