PJ students go on-scene with mock accident drill

The only way to prepare for the chaos of photojournalism is to practice for it

Students from the JOU 475 photojournalism class participate in a “breaking news” mock accident scene near Elliff Hall. Sept. 27, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A man using a chainsaw suffers fatal injuries. Police arrive with a white sheet to shield him from public view. Soon after, media attempt to capture the horrific scene for the afternoon news, websites, and social media sites. For the journalists, time is of the essence – the police will likely close the scene at any time.

“Go! Go! Go! Go!,” yells assistant professor of journalism Will Sites to his JOU 475 photojournalism students. “There’s been a worker fatally injured by a chainsaw – we need photos and we need them now!” The surprised students are told to go outside.

Near the Elliff Hall parking lot, Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill and two of his officers stand near a body covered with a bloody white sheet. Nearby lies a chainsaw, the all-too-obvious tool of the victim’s demise. Yellow police tape frames a perimeter of no trespass, guarded by the three officers. Students are handed Canon DSLR 35mm cameras, the obvious assignment to capture the scene as quickly as possible. The police, by design, are less than forthcoming with answers to questions.

“I’m a firm believer that news photography is best learned on the streets, not in the classrooms,” says Sites, an assistant professor of journalism in his sixth year at Lincoln. “We can’t always take students to breaking news events, but we can simulate them with realistic mock accidents and crime scenes.” Sites says that the campus police department has always been great at making the scenes real and treating the students in the manner that they will experience in the field.

The LU photojournalism class (JOU 475) participants in the chainsaw victim “breaking news” event. LUPD assisted with staging the accident scene and keeping reporters outside the yellow police tape. Sept. 27, 2019. (Will Sites photo)

At the mock accident scene, journalism students were instructed to take five photographs. Sites says that the imposed limitation forces the photographer to focus on each photo, instead of zipping-off dozens of digital images. “I was a photojournalist in the days of film,” Sites says. “I might have one roll of 36 exposures for several events – I had to make my shots count.”

Sites says that this is the first photojournalism course taught at LU since he arrived in 2014. He notes that although everyone takes a lot of phone photos, the art of photography is being lost in the digital age. News photography, he says, requires an understanding of lighting, composition, and the limits of equipment.

“Today’s newsrooms need multimedia journalists,” Sites says. “Being a good photojournalist is one of the skills they often demand.”

LU assistant professor of journalism Will Sites with students Nicholas Hunt, left, and Jasmine Ray of his JOU 475 photojournalism class during a “breaking news” event near Elliff Hall. The chainsaw victim under the sheet is journalism student Landon Bernskoetter. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Cameron Gerber)
LU journalism student Raphael Green (foreground) borders the yellow police tape during a JOU 475 photojournalism mock accident exercise held near Elliff Hall. Sept. 27, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites)
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International Food Day brings global cuisine to campus

By Keishera Lately

Students sample a variety of dishes at the 2019 International Food Day held at the SUC ballroom. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- On Thursday the International Students Association hosted their “All around the world in one day” event in the SUC Ballroom from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event consisted of international students catering their favorite back-home meals, along with international music. Meals represented countries such as Thailand, Senegal, Malawi, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Jamaica and many more.

“Nsima” was a particular meal from the country of Malawi that sophomore Kelvin Beza served. “This event not only shows the diversity of the campus, but it brings all of us together,” said Beza. This is Beza’s second year in America and although he has enjoyed his time here, he does miss the energy of Malawi.

With students coming together on the campus for the event, everyone had the opportunity to taste samples from many different countries. “I have a few friends that are from different countries back home, so I wanted to come and see how well this event would be,” said Amari Anderson, a sophomore accounting student.

This was the first time the ISA hosted the event on campus. “It honestly was a great turn-out, I wasn’t expecting so many people to come –we had a really good time,” said President of the ISA, Caroline Wanjiru, a graduating senior from Kenya.

Watch for upcoming events with the International Students Association to learn more about different countries and students.

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Pie A Loose Necka

By Jasmine Ray

Assistant band director Larry Newby II takes a pie during a Kappa Kappa Psi fundraiser. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Kappa Kappa Psi hosted a successful Pie a Loose Necka fundraiser. Lincoln University’s honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi raises money every year to provide drinks, food, and help with purchases of band uniforms.

Larry Newby II, who is part of Kappa Kappa Psi, as well as the newest assistant band director, took time out during the day to participate in the fundraiser. Newby, a leader who once was sitting in the same seats, is continuing the tradition of the annually Pie a Loose Necka fundraiser.

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New LU Broadcasters podcast for Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

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Shots fired near LU campus

By Landon Bernskoetter

Jefferson City and Lincoln University police on the scene at about noon Wednesday of reported shots fired along East Dunklin Street near the LU campus. Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Landon Bernskoetter)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Police report that someone reportedly fired several shots at about noon Wednesday along East Dunklin Street near MLK Hall, causing a 20-minute campus-wide lockdown. LUPD Chief Gary Hill told the Clarion News that no injuries were reported.

A witness on the scene told Jefferson City police that the shots came from an eastbound silver Cutlass occupied by four males. Police found several shell casings on East Dunklin and at least one car was reportedly struck.

Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill on the scene at about noon Wednesday of reported shots fired along East Dunklin Street near the LU campus. Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Landon Bernskoetter)

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A dream fulfilled featuring Symone Sanders

By Isis McCully/Photo by Jerunek Morris

Symone D. Sanders being introduced by President of Lincoln University Dr. Woolfolk (Sept. 17, 2019)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- A Dream Fulfilled featured speaker was Symone Sanders, a political strategist who now is a senior advisor for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

The event was Sept. 17, 2019 at the SUC Ballroom. LU President Dr. Jerald Woolfolk introduced Sanders as a woman who has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and even BET.

Sanders earned a placed in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record while also having a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

Sanders spoke about how voting is important and how people need to register if they’re not already. She then went on to say that in order to achieve in life your going to be uncomfortable, at least once, but don’t let that stop motivating you.

“People don’t realize that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a strategist. He went about have meetings before marching, telling people to put their best clothes on and go out to march. If the police threaten to arrest you, don’t resist. He was trying to show the north how racism was down south since it was different. He was a strategist,” said Sanders.

She gave encouragement and advice to students who wants to be in her position. “People always want to be the spokesperson but nobody wants to be the one to take notes,” said Sanders.

“Don’t be afraid to go fetch coffee or run errands, young people tend to think they should just jump to the top without experience.”

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Blue Tigers come up short in home-opener

By Amani Grant-Pate

LU football playes get ready for their first home game on Sept. 12, 2019 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. From left to right: Antonio Watts, Chavon Gross, Hosea Franklin, and Elex Harris Jr. (Photo by Keena Lynch)

JEFFERSON CITY –The Lincoln University of Missouri football team lost their second straight game of the season 38-14 at home against Missouri Southern on Thursday night. Lincoln was down early and trailed 21-0 at halftime. LU fought hard in the loss.


A positive for Lincoln was putting together a strong third quarter. Chavon Gross provided good energy for the LU defense with one interception. Chancellor Johnson threw two touchdowns to Tori Hicks in the third quarter. Hosea Franklin continues to make a big impact and finished with 118 yards rushing. Franklin broke former LU standout Leo Lewis’ record with 251 rushing yards last week against Washburn.


Hassan Muhammad Rogers contributed with 10 tackles total. Vontavious Thacker chipped in with 8 tackles. Cecil Stallings recorded 6 tackles. Cody Alexander also had 6 tackles.


Lincoln will be on the road Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. against Central Missouri Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

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