International students experience the newsroom
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.