Class al­lows aspir­ing jour­nal­ists to hone their skills

Newark Post - - Local News - POST STAFF RE­PORT

Young, aspir­ing jour­nal­ists from the Ne­wark area are get­ting real-life ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­view­ing sources and writ­ing ar­ti­cles this month as part of the Young Re­porters Work­shop.

The six-week class, geared to­ward kids ages 10 to 14, is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Ne­wark Post and the Ne­wark Parks and Recre­ation De­part­ment. Post staffers Josh Shan­non and Karie Simmons serve as the in­struc­tors.

So far, the stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in press con­fer­ences with Mayor Polly Sierer and Ne­wark Po­lice spokesman Cpl. James Spadola. Soon, they will have the chance to do a one-on-one in­ter­view with a com­mu­nity leader.

The class will cul­mi­nate in the cre­ation of the stu­dents’ own news­pa­per to dis­trib­ute to fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Young Re­porters Work­shop stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a press con­fer­ence with Mayor Polly Sierer.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CHRISSY PALMER

Young Re­porters Work­shop stu­dents (from left) Ca­son Cot­trell, Mak­ena Simmons and Daniel Steenkamer pose with in­struc­tors Karie Simmons and Josh Shan­non.

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