Summit students were given a firsthand look at journalism during a visit by Plateau Daily News Publisher Brian O’Shea on March 4. His visit was part of the WIN Program, or What Individuals Need, for grades K-8.
“This is a time during everyday K-5 and once a month 6-8 where students receive additional instructional support in areas that they are struggling with, or enrichment for those students who are excelling academically,” said Summit K-8 Principal & EC Director Andrea Chalker.
Chalker said the goal is to provide opportunities for students to experience different gifts and talents modeled in our community.
O’Shea tasked students with covering his presentation by taking notes, photos, conducting interviews, and writing up an article.
He told the 6-8th-grade students that PDN is an online news site that covers the community in the Highlands/Cashiers area.
“If it impacts the community, it should be covered,” said O’Shea. “All the awesome things nonprofits are doing to help people on the Plateau. Schools, sports, government, police, fire, this should all be covered, and I do my best to make that happen.”
O’Shea showed students how to use a camera and gave them a chance to fly a drone and take photos throughout his presentation. Afterwards, students conducted interviews and outlined writing an article.
“We value a child’s whole learning experience and want to give them a chance to broaden that experience by bringing in speakers from outside the classroom,” said Summit Head of School Kurt Pusch. “Students learn more about the community and by bringing in speakers it gives them real-life experience.”
Some students thought journalism was “pretty awesome.”
“It was really cool because I like flying drones and taking pictures,” said Mabel Kennedy.
Others said journalism wasn’t what they expected.
“I never knew how much work goes into making an article,” said Brayden Hahn.
Article by Kendalyn Buck, Samuel Dyer, Ranier Finley, Brayden Hahn, Wylie Hoffman, Lydia Hughes, Olive Knops, Keira Mathis, Lydia Owen, Sydney Sinclair, Emily Stiwinter, and Anthony Qemali
Photos by Ranier Finley, Brayden Hahn, Sydney Sinclair, and Emily Stiwinter
Aerial photos provided by Drone Pilots Rainier Finley, Wylie Hoffman, Lydia Hughes, and Mabel Kennedy