I admit, I was not easy on the handful of students sitting in the conference room of the Brunswick-Glynn County library. Karen Larrick, program coordinator for the library, asked me to stop by the class to provide a background on my journalism career and answer any questions her students had about what, exactly, journalism is.
The eight students in the Amazing Authors Club, a camp hosted by the Marshes of Glynn Libraries as part of its summer reading program, ranged in age from elementary to middle school, and I was there to encourage and inform them in their effort to, throughout the next few weeks, create a golf sports almanac.
The project came just in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and is in tune with the library’s summer reading theme, Ready, Set, Read.
Aptly titled “Golfer’s Guide to the Golden Isles,” the sports-centric project will feature two or three articles written by the eight students in the program, with material all based on researched topics, such as the history of golf, famous golfers from the area and the manufacturing of golf balls and clubs.
To fully ready themselves for the weeks-long writing and publishing process, Larrick asked me, as well as a few other member of The Brunswick News team, to speak with her students about how the writing process is completed, about matching images with copy, completing research, and creating eye-catching headlines and page designs.
Having been in the media world for the better part of 12 years, Larrick assumed it would come naturally for me to be on the other side of the coin, to be interviewed by her students about what it is I do everyday.
She set aside an hour for me to come and talk with the participants, and I took every second allowed.
But as I stated earlier, I wasn’t easy on these children. I didn’t just speak to journalism and writing, I made them all ask questions. What did they want to know? What were they most curious about and was reporting, writing and journalism something in which they had actual interest?
I called on each student, one by one, and made them ask me questions. At times, most students had no inquiries, but as the minutes ticked by, more questions flowed. The best part was one young man who shyly shrugged when first called upon. By the end of the hour, he had a list of questions he tossed my way.
By the time my Q-and-A session was complete, a new spark had visibly been lit, both in me and in the students, centered on the world of newspapers, education and communication.
As much was seen last week, when participating students began work on their golfing guide. With zest and zeal, they could be seen, hard at work, piecing together their almanac. They actively flipped through the pages of The News to research their individual articles, referencing news in recent editions as a launching pad for their to-be completed articles.
On many levels, this was a perfect example of how newspapers can educate in a variety of mediums. Be it in a classroom or in a library setting, teachers can creatively use newspapers in education, as is seen in this section of The News, on the last Monday of the month.
It is Larrick’s hope that the summer sports project will entice youngsters to delve into the world of media — of writing, reading and research — all to promote a lifelong love of learning.
That is also the goal of Newspapers in Education — to encourage a curiosity of the world, to be a creatively-minded student and to be aware of the community at-large.
To find out more about the Newspapers in Education program, contact the Circulation Department at 265-8320 ext. 360.
Teachers interested in sharing their story of how they use newspapers in the classroom can email education reporter Anna Hall at email@example.com.