175 R.I. students take part in URI High School Journalism Day
Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862
KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 1, 2004 -- More than a dozen University of Rhode Island journalism alumni offered workshops on everything from interviewing techniques to the new world of internet journalism for 175 students at the second annual Student Journalism Day on May 14.
High school students from Scituate, Central Falls, Barrington, Middletown, Portsmouth, Lincoln, Tolman High in Pawtucket, Cranston West and Cumberland participated.
Presented by the URI Journalism Alumni Advisory Committee, the URI Department of Journalism program featured a keynote address by Pat Mastors, news anchor at Channel 12 Eyewitness News and a URI journalism graduate.
The students also participated in workshops on copy editing and layout, broadcast news, ethics and media law, news reporting, and sports reporting.
URIís Division of University Advancement, Theta Chi Fraternity, Rhode Island Monthly and RDW Group Inc. sponsored the program.
"Thanks to our outstanding alumni and in particular, the members of our advisory board, we were able to offer a dynamic, interesting program," said Linda Lotridge Levin, professor and chair of the URI Department of Journalism. "With such a great response from our alumni and the high schools across the state, we know we can start planning for next yearís program."
Nancy Dandurand, an English and journalism teacher and adviser to the Cumberland High School newspaper, and fellow English teacher Rob Thurston, the yearbook adviser, brought 47 students from Cumberland with them. "It was great because it was interactive, especially the interviewing program. It was a great learning experience," Dandurand said.
"The more interactive you get, the more enthusiasm you get. Most of our students came away from the workshops with a lot of enthusiasm," she said.
Lisa Clark, an English teacher at Middletown High School, who teaches two journalism classes there, brought eight students. "I really enjoyed it, and I was able to make some contacts and set up some guest speakers," Clark said.
"It was great that my students had a chance to meet many fellow high school journalists, see what the next step in their education might be and the career options available."
Clark said she would definitely return with another group of students next year. "I know the students will talk it up. They loved just walking through the University, and having the doughnuts, juice and lunch made the kids feel at home."