Opinions students utilize online tools

Opinions student, Katie Grier of Lyons Township updates her blog from her dorm. Opinions Coverage students learned the importance of blogging in today's workshop.

Opinions student, Katie Grier of Lyons Township, updates her blog from her dorm. Opinions Coverage students learned the importance of blogging in today’s workshop.

MIPA’s Opinions Coverage team, composed of eight female students, learns the ins and outs of opinion writing as taught by MIPA instructor of 15 years, Rod Satterthwaite. In addition to delving into a traditional opinions approach by learning about columns and editorials, students launched their personal blogs during their workshop time today.

“Journalism is changing so quickly and I want my students to see how these changes affect their Opinions pages,” Satterthwaite said.

Last night, each student was assigned to write a column about their first day at camp.  This piece then became the first post on their blog this afternoon.

“I’ve learned a lot about blogging here and I think that is going to be very important for our publication to utilize to bring more readers in through social media,” Caitlin Heenan of Fenton High School said.

Today’s workshop was Heenan’s (and many others’) first time blogging but all are eager to learn more about it through hands-on experience.

To view a list of the Opinions students and their blogs, click here.

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