Degree Name

BA

Department

Communications

College

Fine Arts and Communications

Defense Date

2021-12-07

Publication Date

2022-01-12

First Faculty Advisor

Robert Walz

First Faculty Reader

Stephanie Plamondon Bair

Honors Coordinator

Clark Callahan

Keywords

police, Utah, campus crime, journalism, podcast

Abstract

Police Departments have become increasingly common on college campuses. In this creative thesis project, I explore Brigham Young University’s Police Department through a journalistic lens and examine what has happened since the department was almost decertified by the Utah Department of Public Safety. I do so by interviewing experts and community members, analyzing public records and data, and synthesizing my findings in a long-form audio story. I begin this paper with brief literature reviews of both crime on college campuses and the podcast medium. I then include the transcript of my podcast. Finally, I discuss my experience during this project as a student journalist and suggest additional research.

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