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.
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Kallen Schmidt takes Baker’s advice to ask for andecdotes when interviewing Project Grad.
Camri Nelson follows up on Andy Wittry’s question to the representatives of The Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.
Alison Wiegand engages with the speakers representing Lovesome Stables as Ashley Dugger transcribes their responses.
Brian Murray listens intently while the speakers from Project Grad share their own experiences for the campers.
Lindsey Franxman takes notes as she interviews the speakers from United Coalition for Animals.
Aly Fossett and Brett Bibbins listen as the speakers of Big Brothers and Big Sisters share success stories from their organization.
Nicole Zatorski laughs as a speaker from Project Grad jokes about her college experiences.
Jane Kang, Ashley Bravo, and Michele Day discuss the upcoming photo slideshow for the day.
Andy Wittry takes notes as Big Brothers and Big Sisters explain their mission to the campers.
Zach Grady and Kyle Plantholt take still and live shots during the interviews with the non-profit organizations.
Colyn True and Reagin O’Rourke work together on writing the lead for Colyn’s non-profit story.
Zach Grady teaches Brian Murray how to follow the reverse pyramid process for Brian’s story.
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.”