Writing

Isaura Greene

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

When I picked up 13 Reasons Why, I was a bit skeptical. I thought it would be depressing since it centers on a teen’s suicide. But the story tells about much more than just that incident.

ThreeSixty Journalism wins 11 awards in the 2011 Better College Newspaper Contes

ThreeSixty Journalism and teen reporters won 11 awards in the 2011 Better College Newspaper Contest!

ThreeSixty Journalism received notice by mail today from the Minnesota Newspaper Association that nine of our fantastic reporters won 10 awards in the 2011 Better College Newspaper Contest, and our print publication has won an award for general excellence.

Reporter's notebook, Grace Pastoor

Why it's better to write about other people

When I write news, I want to be invisible. I don’t want people to see me; I want them to see the facts.

Live from July camp: Day 7

Today is the seventh day in camp — July 14 — and we all are working hard to get our interview questions answered — making phone calls, and leaving messages.

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Live from July camp: Day 5

When I signed up for camp, I had no idea it would be so fun. I do like school but it’s like camp teaches more, but is fun at the same time. It’s awesome.

Live from July camp: Day 4

Friday was a pretty good day as far as even J-camp days go. It started by me getting a ride to the campus as usual, but I brought my longboard this time so I could explore the campus a little bit more.

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Live from July camp: Day 3

Today began like the previous two days did: We arrived at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center at St. Thomas at 9:30 a.m., and it was off to the races.

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Live from July Camp: Day 2

Our first project of the day was to go out and interview people on campus about why they chose their major.

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Live from July camp: Day 1

Room No. 303 in the O’Shaughnessy Education Center located on the St. Thomas campus is where it all began.

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Live from camp: Grateful to be here

At least once a day, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that I am here. That’s not to say every moment has been bliss—there are challenges, without a doubt. But all in all, I cannot believe the opportunities we have here. I can’t believe the exceptional people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned and the fun I’ve had.

How to get a teen to read? Relevance and publication.

I was confounded when I learned that Minneapolis high school students pass the state writing test at a much higher rate than they pass the required reading test.

How can this be? Reading prepares us to write. We teach children to recognize and sound out letters before we teach them to imitate letters with pencil on paper.

New technologies or core skills? Summer camps require a balance.

As I organize schedules for our summer camps, I feel the pull between providing plenty of time for teens to practice the core process of reporting and making sure that they try other important storytelling tools.

Done correctly, journalism is a rigorous process. 1. Focus the story. 2. Find the sources. 3. Do the research. 4. Conduct the interviews. 5. Organize the notes. 6. Write the story.

Journalism gives you magical powers!

When recruiting teens to work with ThreeSixty, I often tell them that being a journalist means you get a backstage pass to the world.

Even working for a paper in a smaller town – about 100,000 peop

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Minneapolis News Team interrogates TV critic Neal Justin

On Monday, the ThreeSixty’s Minneapolis News Team learned that David Letterman is great fun to interview, according to the Star Tribune’s TV critic Neal Justin.

News Team is a new class ThreeSixty

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Motivations for young journalists

Last spring I attended a training on volunteer management – which many of you may ask, what does volunteer management have to do with writing?

Algebra problems bring back the challenge of mastering new skills

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down to help a 13-year-old friend who struggles with math.

Training visual students in high quality journalism

Upon taking the position at ThreeSixty this past July, I had no previous experience in journalism. In fact, the students from this summer probably had more training in journalism than me.

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Recruiting teens who don’t like to write

A student at Gordon Parks High School today looked me straight in the eye – honest and open – and told me that he hates to write, that it makes his brain hurt.

I was there recruiting for News Team,

ThreeSixty fall library workshop opens doors into world of religious and immigrant teens

Every fall, ThreeSixty runs a six-week workshop at an area library to teach interested teens about journalism. This fall, an incredible group of mostly immigrant Muslim Somali and Ethiopian Minneapolis teens, as well as one Pentecostal American teen, worked hard on stories that deepen understanding of their experiences in the Twin Cities, as well as their communities here.

The reporters investigate topics like balancing religious beliefs with fitting in at school, the struggle immigrant women go through to free themselves from domestic abuse, worry about a brother who chew’s khat, a stimulant, a sister’s potentially lethal disease, Sub-Saharan African women finding new educational opportunities when many of them never enter high school in their home countries, and what it’s like to adjust to life in America as a high school freshman who doesn’t know a single word of English.

Figuring out the magic formula -- then rejecting it

This summer as I was about to start my first term of college, I stumbled across an e-mail I sent freshman year that showed I was willing to do anything to get into Yale University. As I read the e-mail, I remembered the brutal path called the application process and laughed at my initial mindset.

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