Thursday July 24th 2014

The Workshop Concludes

NKU students Alex Derickson and Kyle Plantholt recorded video of workshop activities throughout the week. They compiled this summary of events, narrated by NKU student Zach Grady.

“Hi, my name is Ashley and I’m going to be taking your picture,” photographer Ashley Bravo tells campers on the first day. She does not disappoint. Bravo captures moments of learning, collaborating, and campers enjoying the workshop and presents them in this final slideshow.

Journalism Practice Can Continue

Computer screens filled the white room and lit the faces of those who occupied them. News articles containing the headlines of America’s past covered the walls. The sound of typing keys and the chatter of writers, photographers and other media enthusiasts echoed throughout the room, a story of their present.

For one week, the white room was a news room – a place where aspiring journalists could practice their skills. For one week, 18 high school students, seven mentoring NKU students, and nearly a dozen faculty and staff converted that classroom on NKU’s campus into their workplace.

The Journalism in the Digital Age workshop gave high school students from Greater Cincinnati hands-on experience with news writing, photography, editing, and other related areas such as interviewing during its five-day run, June 14-18… Click Here to Read More

Day Five

Elvis was in the building on the last day of the workshop. Later, the campers’ parents arrived.

After a long week of hard work, the high school students took the last day to relax and listen. They started the day with a lecture on the legalities involved with journalism.

Afterward, they were told to head to a “press conference” in the auditorium.

Within the auditorium a student asked, “Is this another lecture?”

The students soon found out it was not. A man dressed as Elvis began singing, swaying and karate chopping around the room.

Although it was not a typical press conference, the students did get to ask the Elvis impersonator some questions, and had one more thing to add to their list of experiences.

At the end of the day, the workshop’s staff shared some of those experiences with the campers’ parents by presenting speeches and slide shows and pictures and videos.

The week was over but for some, the experience was just a step towards their future.

Alison Wiegand was considering a career in broadcast journalism before the workshop. She said that prior to the camp there were some uncertainties however.

“This camp really set my goal,” she said. “Now I know for sure it’s something I want to do.”

By James Wilson

Day Four

Today was about organizations eager to share their stories, NKU staff and students willing to share their knowledge, and campers who shared their attention.

Four nonprofit organizations visited the campers and answered questions. Lovesome Stables, Big Brothers and Sisters, Project Grad, and the United Coalition for Animals all participated.

“The Lovesome Stable nonprofit interview was very interesting,” said Leticia Mejia. “The woman we interviewed gave us lots of information and I took five pages of notes.”

Mentor Zach Grady gave the students advice on how to use the pages of notes by demonstrating the inverted pyramid style of writing.

He told them to find their theme first and then add quotes throughout. “If all you use is 2-3 sentences on one topic” that’s fine, he told them. Say what is important and then transition to the next topic, he said.

The campers had an hour to write their story and did not disappoint.

“I was really impressed with some of the stories I read,” mentor Ashley Bravo said. “They were really good.”

The students rewarded their success at lunch with pizza and took a campus tour with some of the mentors.

But their work was not done.

Back in the lab, Professor John Gibson, Kyle Plantholt and Alex Derickson helped the campers edit their videos from Wednesday in final cut.

Gibson seemed impressed with how quickly the students learned, and camper Brett Bibbins was thankful for the instruction.

“I liked being able to edit my video, so I could see it as a finished copy,” he said. “I never would have been able to do the program on my own.”

By James Wilson

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Student Works

Slideshows: Campers Aly, Brian, Jessica, Kallen, Michael, and Paxton create slideshows of a NKU biology lab in session.

Campers Camri, Colyn, Lindsey, and Migs create slideshows of the NKU daycare at naptime.

Campers Abbey, Alison, Andy, Ashley, Brett, Ellen, Leticia, and Nicole create slideshows of the NKU campus and Student Union

Click here to view all Camper Slideshows

Videos: Campers put their interviewing skills to work by recording and editing videos. Cutting and combining A-Roll and B-Roll, their final product comes together nicely for YouTube posting:
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Non-Profit Stories: The lessons campers learn throughout the week on proper story layout, creating an interesting lead, and applying news judgment come together in their written non-profit stories covering:
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Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Lovesome Stables Equitherapy
United Coalition for Animals

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