(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph professor is being honored for his work towards educating the next generation of journalists.
Missouri Western journalism professor Dr. Bob Bergland is the 2018 Taft award winner by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association.
The award is given to a person or organization that has made a difference in scholastic journalism education.
Bergland is working to pass the 'Cronkite New Voices' act; a bill that would protect high school and college journalists from censorship since Missouri currently has no protections in place for students' first amendment rights.
"Many schools where they are censored, it is not true journalism," Bergland said. "It is public relations for the school and that doesn't prepare them for what journalism is and should be."
Bergland says the 'New Voices' bill has already passed the Missouri House and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on March 27.
If it passes there, it will need to be approved by the Senate before being signed by the governor.