ST. BONAVENTURE , NY -- Students, faculty, alumni and friends of the Jandoli School of Communication launched a video project Friday to stress the value of journalism.

For the project, participants recorded short videos in which they answered the question "Why am I a journalist?"

Jandoli School faculty members Anne and Richard Lee developed the "Why Journalism?" project with students in their Journalists' Workshop class, which produces TAPinto Greater Olean.

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Developments involving Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner sparked the project. President Donald Trump, who has had a contentious relationship with the media, does not plan to attend the annual dinner as his predecessors had. The last U.S. president to miss the event was Ronald Reagan who was unable to attend the 1981 dinner because he had been wounded in an assassination attempt earlier in the year.

As a result of the president's decision, this year's dinner will take on a more serious tone. Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak about the importance of the First Amendment. The dinner, which raises funs for scholarships, usually is dominated by humorous and satiric speeches.

Click below to view all of the "Why Journalism?" videos.

"Why Journalism?" is an ongoing project, so individuals interested in participating can do so by emailing videos to

Click here to listen to a podcast with TAPinto Greater Olean staff members discussing the "Why Journalism?" project.