CNN Personality Chats With ISU Students

By Maggie Vespa

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM CDT

Students at Illinois State University got some words of encouragement from a big name in news Friday.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien stopped by ISU's campus.

She was the keynote speaker at the school's Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Friday evening.

But before the main event, O'Brien had some face time with students in a journalism class.

Among other things, she touched on the media's role in modern politics, especially in the wake of the Tuscon, Arizona shooting.

"If the media can do anything, it's not to say 'oh well you know, we're now going to not allow people to say what they want to say.' That's insane. We'll say so-and-so's saying this, so-and-so's saying this, or maybe yelling it. Our job as the media is to say where is the truth? What is the actual story," she said.

Friday's Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner took place in ISU's Bone Student Center.

All 600 tickets were sold out.

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