HSJC to welcome reporter Jacob Holmes for Journalism Symposium

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The Hall School of Journalism and Communication (HSJC) will soon welcome Alabama Political Reporter Jacob Holmes to TROY’s campus.

Holmes, an HSJC alumnus, will serve as the speaker for this year’s M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium, and is expected to describe his experience covering the story of an Alabama librarian who was fired after standing his ground against the removal of certain books from a library.

According to HSJC Director Robbyn Taylor, it was Holmes’ request for information that sparked national interested about the situation.

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“He’s at the center of media controversy so to speak,” Taylor said. “He’s been under fire lately by some folks who were calling him a ‘fake journalist,’ and saying that he’s he’s putting out fake news. This is a situation where I can safely say that is not the case. There’s no misinformation. It’s just people who don’t like the truth.”

As Holmes talks about his experience, Taylor hopes students see the importance of ethical and brave journalism.

“We hear the term ‘fake news’ thrown around so often that we kind of get desensitized to it, but he’s living through that right now,” Taylor explained. “I think our students will find value in seeing someone who’s been in their shoes who is fighting the good fight.”

Holmes will address students, faculty and staff Tuesday, April 23 in Hal Hall at 10:30 a.m.