Michele Day with mentors. (Emerson Swoger )
Michele Day with mentors.

Emerson Swoger

‘Not your grandparents’ newspaper’: 2018 Journalism Academy expands focus to social media era

July 8, 2018

Mentors and faculty of the 2018 Journalism and Digital Media Academy are gearing up to spend a week teaching journalism techniques and trends to over 20 high school students from Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere.

Program Director Michele Day hopes that students gain a “taste of all the different aspects of journalism in the digital age.”

“Journalism today is not just your grandparents’ Sunday morning newspaper. It comes in every format imaginable,” Day said. “You can listen to podcasts while you’re driving to soccer practice and watch videos while you wait for a dentist appointment. And your Twitter feed will alert you to breaking news the second something happens – wherever you are.”

Day said the academy has expanded the focus on media literacy and ethical journalistic practices this year in order to help students make those distinctions.

“As a teacher, I’m excited about the learning that I know will happen,” Day said. “I’m also excited because I know it will be a lot of fun.”

Boone County High School alum Chris Robertson said he hopes students finish the camp wanting to pursue journalism later in life.

These students are here because they want to be here. It’s up to us mentors to share our knowledge of journalism with them… above all else, I hope they just have fun,” Robertson said.

Highlands alum Sam Rosenstiel said he looks forward to meeting the next generation of journalists.

I’m most looking forward to showing these young reporters the industry trends and reporting techniques that will help them seek the truth and report it,” Rosenstiel said.

Jared Clifton, an Indiana native, was homeschooled until college. Now, he is mentoring students in visual and audio editing for the week, while planning to take his own experiences in the EMB program at NKU, and use them to help students feel more comfortable throughout the week.

When I first started the EMB program, I was nervous because I wanted to succeed and it was all new to me.  It was a lot of work but it was the most fun I’ve ever had in college,” Clifton said.

“It was really encouraging to get introduced to film-making through such awesome professors, students and mentors as I had the privilege of working with.”

Clifton said he is excited to share experiences with students, and hopes they continue to move forward with video journalism.

Fort Campbell High School alum Shawn McLuckie not only wants to help students grow, but he also is looking forward for his own growth as a journalist. He believes that you always gain something, no matter what your experience level is.

One of my own personal goals for this upcoming week is to learn alongside with the students,” McLuckie said. “ …be it learning a different approach to a piece of equipment you’ve been using for the longest time or gaining the ability to be able to explain and teach it to another in a way that makes sense to them.”

McLuckie said he is looking forward to the press conference that students are able to lead during the week. He enjoys seeing what questions students bring and all the different approaches students can take while writing the story.

All of the mentors plan to use their skills to connect with students and help them cultivate and discover their talents in the ever-changing world of media and journalism.


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