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“Fine, Don’t Take It, That’s Your Choice. Don’t Work.”
Journalism schools shouldn't tell students to throw their values out the window — especially when it comes to working for state-funded propaganda outlets.

Recently, an alumnus of my journalism school returned to speak about his career in the industry. Upon graduating in December 2016, he took a job at a reputable media outlet, but when he stood in front of my class nearly a year later, he was now working for Ruptly, a video news agency created and owned by RT (formerly known as Russia Today).

RT is Russia’s English-language, state-funded propaganda outlet, which pitches itself as Russia’s answer to biased Western media; it is notorious for cherry-picking facts and pushing its government’s agenda. Ruptly is not independent from RT. When another student and I asked questions about our guest speaker’s journalistic ethics, things got heated, and one of my teachers intervened.

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