Journalism Class Visits CCN Office
Not many students these days know much about physical newspapers. On March 3, the journalism class took a trip to visit the Clay County News office. The group got the opportunity to learn about this local newspaper, the basics of journalism, what they do, and what their typical schedule is like.
March 1-5 was Newspapers in Education Week. Because of this, CCN offered the journalism students in county schools the opportunity to come and visit their office.
Mrs. Brandy Reutzel, one of the journalism advisors, said, “I’ve always wanted to take the journalism students on a trip to visit local newspaper offices, so I was excited when they reached out to us for Newspapers in Education Week.”
Reutzel wanted to give student journalists a glimpse of real-world journalism. She wanted to show how high school journalism correlates with what CCN does on a bigger scale.
Tory Duncan and Ashley Swanson, the two main journalists for the Clay County News, led the tour of the local office. They talked about the regular newspaper schedule and what they do as an advertising business.
“I didn’t know that Clay County News had a side business of advertising. Since the newspaper isn’t enough to cover everything, it makes sense that they would take up something else, like advertising,” said junior Kinzee Derr.
One highlight of the trip was going down to the basement where all the archives are stored. Some of the oldest newspapers were from the late 1800s. Those newspapers are crumbling and falling apart because of natural aging.
The journalism students learned about how newspapers from the past contrast to today’s newspapers. One big difference was that newspapers contained mostly text because it was difficult to get photos in the newspaper.
“I thought the most interesting part from the trip was seeing the older newspapers. I thought it was fascinating how they were yellow instead of being gray or white like today’s newspapers,” said sophomore Bethanie Hester.
Both Hester and Derr said that they wanted to apply some tips they learned about photography into their journalism class.
“They told us to play with the settings and that we should try different angles while taking photos during games,” said Derr.
Reutzel said that she wanted students to walk away appreciating the work journalists do and to respect them even if they haven’t been regular readers.
“I feel like this trip was worth it because it was nice to get out of school and go into a professional setting. I like getting the chance to explore different careers, especially since this is not a job that a lot of people choose,” said Derr.