Students in Opinion Coverage class form opinions to create change

Opinion Coverage instructor Christina Hammitt talks to her students about forming opinions. The biggest goal, Hammitt said, is to create change through opinion coverage.

Opinion Coverage instructor Christina Hammitt talks to her students about forming opinions. The biggest goal, Hammitt said, is to create change through opinion coverage.

 

Students in the Opinion Coverage class are learning to write columns and create blogs and editorials. In addition, according to instructor Christina Hammitt, they’re learning to persuade readers instead of arguing with them. Hammitt said, above all, they’re learning to form opinions that will create change.

Hammitt said the class focuses on using writing, blogging, photography, social media and other forms of media to express opinions that will prompt discussion and change.

“We’re trying to get it to be purposeful thinking, not just ranting about what you think, but really trying to make an impact with those thoughts,” Hammitt said. “When you’re giving your opinions about things, how can you have that dialogue back and forth electronically? Or verbally? Or in the written form? How do you get people to take action versus just sitting and reading it? Anyone can make a blog or webpage, but how are you going to make it active? How are you going to make it make a difference?”

However, Hammitt said, before the students in the Opinion Coverage class can write about their opinions, they have to learn about themselves. On Monday morning, they were challenged to think more deeply about their own opinions and beliefs and examine where their values came from.

“It’s a lot different than I expected,” student Victoria Negron said. “It’s been more in-depth and thinking about ourselves and our own personalities. I’ve only been here a couple hours, but I’ve gotten to know myself more, which is really interesting. You have to get to know yourself before you can get to know other people and their opinions.”

7 Responses to “Students in Opinion Coverage class form opinions to create change” »

Hadley says:
Aug 02, 2016

Very well written, accurate article. The video also did helo give a sneak peak into what our class is really like.

Seth Allred says:
Aug 02, 2016

Fantastic article. It was short and to the point, while being informative at the same time. However, maybe interviewing more students in the class could have helped. Regardless, it was a good article and you should be proud.

– Seth Allred

Charis Williams says:
Aug 02, 2016

In the time you spent watching the class, which wasn’t long, you understood very much of the purpose of the class which could be attributed to your interview skills or the way you payed meticulous attention to detail. Congratulations on your column!

Happy Writing!

Madde Horn says:
Aug 02, 2016

I really like how you covered the class in the article and used quotes to describe it rather than just saying it yourself.

Vivian Kolks says:
Aug 02, 2016

Excellent piece! All of us here in the Opinion Coverage class really enjoyed this article.

Victoria Negron says:
Aug 02, 2016

For only being in our class for a few minutes this story was very well put together! Including a video and photo really added to the story and helped to give a more complete picture of our class. Great work!

Lisa says:
Aug 04, 2016

Great article!

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