Any time News&Guide staff members have an the opportunity to talk about journalism, we take it.
So when the Teton Literacy Center asked to work on a few journalism projects, Deputy Editor Melissa Cassutt, Scene Editor Billy Arnold and Orijin’s chief creative officer, Ryan Stolp, headed into the classroom.
“The goal of the collaboration was for TLC youth to learn about careers in journalism, engage in discussions surrounding relevant social issues and participate in a journalist’s creative process from prewriting to print,” TLC instructor John Tanis said.
Cassutt and Arnold talked about reporting, writing and editing, which encouraged one student, Isaac Crabtree, to try his hand at interviewing a source on a topic of his choice, and crafting a Q&A-style article.
While students learned the tenets of journalism and reporting, many of the middle schoolers wanted a venue for their voice through op-ed writing and editorial cartoons, tackling heavy and personal topics like deportation. Stolp, the creator of “Lift Lines,” discussed creating a strong message through editorial cartoons, and talked to students about how best to think through and display their thoughts.
Students Destinee Vazquez Leon and Kelly Garcia Lopez teamed to create an editorial depiction of the effects of deportation, and co-wrote an op-ed piece on the same topic.
“More than anything, TLC youth found a voice for their opinions,” Tanis said. “The News&Guide provided the space for our students to both develop their feelings about today’s social issues and communicate them to the community in a creative way.”
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