During the last full day of the MIPA workshop in Dean Hume’s Newspaper Editors class, recently moved to a room on the second floor of the Natural Resources building in order to make use of room 218’s computers, Hume covered a number of topics that the students picked.
The students in the class were planning after lunch to give constructive criticism to stories written by Julia Satterthwaite’s feature writing class, and the discussions included tips for editing stories and speaking in a more personal way.
Andrea Bavikatti, a student at Traverse City East Middle School, likes how the students can ask for different lessons, as well as the more interactive parts of the class like editing another class’s stories.
“It’s nice to have a little bit of hands on experience, that’s what actually helps you, but it’s always nice to have something explained to you,” Bavikatti said.
Other lessons that Hume gave included a talk on how to sell advertisements and subscriptions, the increased cost of printing, as well as how to recruit reporters for a student publication. One topic Hume spent time on was the transfer of journalism to the web and moving away from more traditional ways of publication.
“You’re at a journalism camp,” Hume said, speaking to his class. “What does that tell you? Is journalism dying? No. It’s changing”.