In­ter­na­tional stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence the news­room

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Col­lege of English stu­dents vis­ited the Whit­sun­day Times last week as part of an ex­cur­sion to help im­prove their lis­ten­ing and speak­ing skills by in­ter­act­ing with staff and learn­ing the foun­da­tions of a news­pa­per.

Stu­dents learnt about the lay­out and for­mat of pages from Whit­sun­day Times Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Leanne Aber­nethy.

Graphic de­signer and sales sup­port staff mem­ber Ly­dia Wil­son showed the stu­dents how ad­ver­tise­ments were de­signed and pro­cessed.

Stu­dents showed par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in ad­ver­tis­ing and learn­ing about the Do­main prop­erty sec­tion and the Chill entertainment and tele­vi­sion guide. Eva Maranges from France said she was shocked to learn that such a small team were re­spon­si­ble for the weekly pub­li­ca­tion.

“I didn’t re­alise every­one in the of­fice also helps with read­ing over [proof­ing] too,” she said.

Whit­sun­day Col­lege of English teacher Jes­sica Rossi said it was an in­for­ma­tive af­ter­noon for the stu­dents.

“Stu­dents en­joyed see­ing the pa­per put to­gether and found it par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing that the pub­lisher was in charge of more than one pub­li­ca­tion like a cal­en­dar and an Au­gust magazine [ Air­lie Comes Alive in Au­gust],” she said. Woonie Shin from South Korea showed a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the role of edit­ing.

“[I] found the lay­out of the pa­per very good [and] very fun, [I’m] in­ter­ested in edit­ing,” he said

Stu­dents re­ceived a com­pli­men­tary 2014 cal­en­dar fea­tur­ing pho­tos of the Whit­sun­days that they could take with them on their trav­els.

TIMES VIS­I­TORS: Eva Maranges from France, Yusuke Nakatani from Ja­pan, Woonie Shin from South Korea and Jin­sung Kim from South Korea with Whit­sun­day Col­lege of English teacher Jes­sica Rossi and Whit­sun­day Times graphic de­signer Ly­dia Wil­son at the Whit­sun­day Times of­fice last week.

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