Students getting hands-on look at world of journalism

PERU - Students from Julia Miller's journalism class are getting a glimpse of what it's like to publish a newspaper.

This school year, the Peru High School class has begun producing The Pride, a monthly on-line newsletter following the happenings in and around the Peru Central School District.

"The kids were really nervous in the very first couple weeks," said Miller. "Then, once they saw they were able to write about things they're interested in and that somebody was going to see it, that's when it really took off."

The focus of the class has been to introduce students to the world of journalism, acclimating them with writing news stories, covering photo assignments, proofreading copy, and - above all - meeting deadlines.

"This class give them a hands-on kind of approach to what they need to be able to do outside of school," said Miller. "Deadlines, especially, are incredibly important and they understand that. It's starting to carry over to their other subjects, too. That's what I'm glad to see."

The class most recently published its second newsletter, with Miller starting to see the students gain momentum in their grasp of reporting on education, sports and lifestyle topics and production of the overall newsletter.

"With the first issue, we had tons of lead time," said Miller, referring to the first newsletter published in November. "This time, there was a three-week deadline for them, which took getting used to. They had to understand the importance of meeting deadlines but also that they didn't want to put out a product that wasn't as good as the last one."

What impresses Miller most is how students have been stepping up to the plate when called upon, she said.

"What's really impressive to me is the leadership roles they're willing to take, that they volunteer for," said Miller. "They all want to be in charge of something. It's great to see."

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