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R.I. high school students learn who, what, when, where, why and how of journalism at URI

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 26, 2005 -- More than 100 high school students from around Rhode Island got an inside look at the journalism profession during the University of Rhode Island’s High School Journalism Day in May.

Eleven URI journalism alumni presented workshops on layout and design, interviewing and news gathering, broadcast journalism, ethics and media law, Internet journalism and sports reporting.

The program featured a panel discussion with Warwick native Steve Greenlee, Living/Arts editor at The Boston Globe and Rhode Island native Joan Moran, Channel 12/ Fox News reporter. They talked about their career stepping stones, their most memorable stories and what it takes to become a successful journalist. They also discussed the importance of their experiences at URI, both in the classroom and at the student newspaper, The Good 5 Cent Cigar.

This was the third year of the event presented by URI’s Journalism Advisory Committee, Department of Journalism and Division of University Advancement. The Advisory Committee is made up of URI grads working in the fields of journalism and public relations.

High school students from Barrington, Central Falls, East Providence, Middletown, Newport, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, South Kingstown and Tiverton participated in the program.

“This is a great opportunity to expose high school students to our outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves locally, nationally and globally in all areas of journalism,” said Robert Beagle, vice president of University Advancement, the major sponsor of the event. “It shows these aspiring journalists that URI has a great record of preparing leaders in the journalism profession.”

CAREER TIPS: University of Rhode Island alumni Steve Greenlee, Living/Arts editor of The Boston Globe and Joan Moran, reporter at Eyewitness News (Channel 12, Fox Providence), participate in a panel discussion as part of High School Journalism Day at URI. URI News Bureau photo by Joe Giblin & Co. photography.