Tri-state area high school students use different passions to produce media


Bruce Crippen

Mentors, students, and professors pose for a group photo on the first day of Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop.

The students in this summer’s Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop are
from schools as far west in Cincinnati as Seton High School, to the east side
of Cincinnati, Batavia High School. But one thing is certain; they are all here
to learn the same essentials.
Ben Bardgett, a sophomore at Highlands High School, is so interested in
video that he knows nearly every director of every movie. On the other side
of the spectrum, Sydney Roll, an incoming NKU freshman from Seton High
School is more interested in the writing side of journalism.
“I could have all F’s in other classes, but I’d always have an A in English,”
she said, describing her strengths in writing.
Mary Wurtz, a sophomore from Villa Madonna Academy and a huge fan of
social media, has seen the continuing benefits of the online presence in
“Instead of having to wait until after an event has happened, you can have
the story up right away,” Wurtz said.
Although journalism focuses on the factual distribution of gathered
information, student, Judith Seaman, a sophomore at St. Ursula Academy,
prefers to indulge in fantasy fiction books.
“I just think they’re a nice escape from reality,” Seaman said.
Whether she’s looking to escape from the harsh reality of what regularly
consumes the news or not, is to be determined.

Instead of being a fan of words, Natalie Neace, a sophomore at Highlands
High School, expresses her interest in photojournalism. “I feel like people
change, but the memories in the pictures don’t.” Natalie Neace, says of her
interest in photojournalism.