Day 2: Students learn reporting, video basics


Maggie Pund

Brendan Hamilton sets up his tripod during the video scavenger hunt outside of Griffin Hall.

Students learned the basics of video and reporting Tuesday.


High school students in the Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop learned how to interview effectively. Tips included asking more detail oriented questions during interviews in order to receive the best material possible for their news stories.


In addition, the students were advised on how to write leads and report on stories that spark interest in readers and draw them into the story. Michele Day helped the students on what makes information newsworthy and how to write effective leads.


After learning how to report and interview correctly, students interviewed each other and created bios of their partners to be used on the workshop website.  Also, students were able to put their newly learned skills to use during a press conference with NKU’s men’s basketball coach, Dave Bezold.


In preparation for the press conference, Chris Cole, NKU’s director of marketing and communications, gave students information about the Atlantic Sun Conference and the rules regarding NKU’s first year as a member of Division I, as well as some stats from last year’s season.


“Some look at NKU as a cute little school that used to be Division II, but it is legit.”


NKU’s assistant coach Darris Nichols and senior guard Chad Jackson joined Bezold for the press conference to discuss next season’s schedule and NKU’s transition into Division I.


“I want to reach for the moon and if we fall a little short that’s okay,” Bezold said of his goal for the team in Division I.


Students asked ample questions ranging from travel difficulties since joining the Atlantic Sun to bonding activities for the team during off time.


John Gibson, electronic media broadcasting professor, spent time with the students to show them how to get the best videos shots for telling their story. This included the collection of “B roll” and finding unique ways of capturing emotion and perspective through video.


To wrap up the day, students went out on NKU’s campus for a video scavenger hunt and finished by viewing what each person captured.


Tuesday’s activities have prepared the students for their task for Wednesday, to shoot video, take pictures, and interview people at the events they will be covering as journalists.