Some of the most important stories ever written start with words like these: “Fifty years ago today…” They are stories of events or issues that changed lives and places. But how does a reporter who wasn’t born 50 years ago or even 25 years ago understand the story and tell it in a multimedia world?
At Camp Dawson, W.Va., and again in New Orleans, my journalism students convinced me that they deserved a shot at real-world reporting and publication before applying for internships or jobs. So, I agreed to make it possible. The goal: Take students outside campus comfort zones and give them the freedom to practice what they have learned.