Alumni, Sources Highlight March News Team
By Miles Trump
Fresh off of the Youth Social Media Summit, ThreeSixty Journalism students have zeroed in on their next big task: Reporting and writing stories for the May issue of ThreeSixty Magazine.
Students spent much of their News Team meeting on Saturday planning, reaching out to sources, interviewing and transcribing – all the things good reporters do – as they navigated the world of journalistic storytelling. Thanks to our team of volunteer "writing coaches," students had magnificent help along the way. The result will be a great package of stories with a timely theme (no spoilers yet) when the student-produced publication rolls out in May.
Here's a more detailed looked at what went down at the News Team meeting March 12 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
SOURCING DAY: As part of the News Team meeting, a handful of ThreeSixty students took advantage of the opportunity to interview sources, including Jamie Millard of Pollen Midwest, Sarah Keene of the University of Minnesota and Sasha Cotton of the Minnesota Health Department, who each were willing to be interviewed on campus. They also had photo help from photographers Joseph Lavigne and Mackenzie Yurich, both of whom are St. Thomas students. ThreeSixty students also had the opportunity to find and interview other sources through their ThreeSixty peers
STORY WORK WITH THE WRITING COACHES: Our talented, dedicated team of volunteer writing coaches, who spend a total of three Saturdays at St. Thomas, helping students go from a great idea to a great first draft, joined the News Team meeting mid-morning to help with interviews and to keep the ball rolling. Special thanks to Libor Jany, Erin Golden, Katie Humphrey, Cristeta Boarini, Marcheta Fornoff, Britta Greene, Jessie Van Berkel, Liz Mohr, Terry Wolkerstorfer and Kathy Berdan for their efforts and dedication.
SUMMER CAMP: After a hearty brunch on campus, Engagement Coordinator Bao Vang, Program Manager Miles Trump and Executive Director Chad Caruthers held an info session about ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp – which all current ThreeSixty students can attend this summer.
ALUMNI PANEL: To wrap up the day on a high note, ThreeSixty Journalism alumni Ariel Kendall, Gino Terrell and Ibrahim Hirsi joined News Team to speak to students as an alumni panel. Hirsi, a reporter at MinnPost, first participated in ThreeSixty in 2006. Kendall, a lead volunteer coordinator for TADS and president and CEO of Run Like Rel, has been involved with the program since 2007. And Terrell, a senior at Hamline University, is a 2012 ThreeSixty summer camp alum. All shared how their experiences at ThreeSixty have significantly impacted their personal and professional lives.