Journalism students receive professional help


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On Oct. 21, Carlmont journalism students embarked to the College of San Mateo for an educational opportunity to enhance their own skills for their own newspaper, The Highlander.

The field trip lasted about five hours, and during those hours, different lectures were held. This gave students a chance to attend lectures according to their specific interests and what they personally wished to improve upon.

The lectures were hosted by professionals, highly esteemed in his or her work. They covered all possible components of newspapers, spanning from “how to interview” to “multimedia and video productions”.

Lasting 45 minutes or more, some students felt the lectures were a bit lengthy and thought it lacked in engaging the attendees. “I thought parts of it were interesting, but they should make it more interactive,” said Shannon Chang. This was Chang’s second year attending this field trip, and although the purely lecture-style structure of the field trip didn’t appeal to her so much, the multimedia lecture she attended achieved in interesting her.

Rachel Schuster, another student who attended, found it very beneficial and left with a newfound interest like Chang. “Well since this is my first year in journalism, the classes I took at the bootcamp helped me improve my writing techniques. I was also inspired by the featured journalist speakers and teachers who had so much to share with us.”

Whether the style of the field trip was the most effective way or not, all students can concur that they left the day with more knowledge than what they came with.

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