Berkeley workshop starts with the basics

The staff of the Teen Observer — 16 students in Professional Newswriting — started the day with an overview of the basics of reporting and editing. They interviewed their peers, then fact-checked their notes with the interviewees, and talked about what constitutes news.

This is the fourth year of the journalistic workshops at UC-Berkeley, and the third for our website: teen.americanobserver.com. Every group of students is different, of course, but what inevitably gives the group a strong dynamic is that each session, regardless of what state or country they are from, how many languages they speak or what year they are in high school, the students bring a sense of curiosity about the world around them.

Ryan Babula, who recently received his master’s from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Elizabeth DeVeny , of Cal-Poly, who is studying communications and minoring in statistics, will join me in writing about the class for the Daily Digest. They are both teaching assistants for the Discover the World/National Student Leadership Program held annual at the University of California-Berkeley.