Bringing Tinseltown to Tenleytown

On June 17, the first day of classes at the National Student Leadership Conference, five students began writing a sinister short film at American University. Tasked with creating a final project for their Script Writing and Video Production class, the production team decided on a film that includes action, comedy and a dark plot twist…

The Atlantic’s social media strategy

In November 1857, a group of writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, gathered to publish the first issue of The Atlantic Monthly, a print magazine. One hundred and fifty five years later, The Atlantic faces the challenge of re-imagining itself in a world where news travels at the speed of light and social networking controls…

What does it take for a newspaper to survive?

With the rise of web portals, blogs and Twitter, who needs newspapers? The evidence seems to point increasingly toward one answer: no one. Newspapers across the country are watching revenues plunge as technology cuts the newspaper industry’s demand. According to the Newspaper Association of America, 2011 total ad revenue for the newspaper industry was down…

Susan Heavey’s take on modern news

Veteran journalist Susan Heavey has seen a lot of changes in the news business. A reporter for Thomson Reuters since 1999, Heavey said technology and inventions such as smart phones, social media networks and blogging websites have changed the way journalists write and what is truly relevant in a good story. “Now that there are so many…

Non-journalist Angelica Das still delivers the news

“I am not a journalist,” confessed Angelica Das to a group of twenty or so teenage professional newswriting hopefuls. And yet, she still had some “hard-hitting” information to offer students. Das, the Associate Director at the Center for Social Media at American University, kicked off her presentation by asking students to take a mind-trip back…

Voice of America

American radio broadcaster reaches the world

Spread throughout the halls are historic murals depicting historical government acts such as the Social Security Act and the New Deal programs brought about by the Great Depression. These eye-catching pieces of art were painted by artist Ben Shahn in the 1940s. All of these murals can be seen on a tour of the Voice…

A tour of China Central Television (CCTV) in Washington

The China Central Television (CCTV) broadcasting studio in Washington is a sight to behold, full of bright colors from the moment you walk into the building to when you enter the control room. The broadcasting studio is surrounded by small LCD lights everywhere, which lit up the studio. There are digital pictures about 11-feet high…

Writing tips from a newspaper columnist

For new writers, adopting a journalistic style can be difficult. Craig Wilson, a columnist at USA Today, shared tips with high school students and laid out what he believes are the most common mistakes of journalism. According to Wilson, author of the Final Word column, one problem for young writers is having a voice without…

Column: Students visit NBC4

Another deadline day was not met, second week running. It seemed that I would never make the 8 a.m. publication time for the final school-year issue of Sumus Leones, a high school newspaper that I founded in February. Procrastination, complaining and lack of time had threatened to derail the end of year one. It did. A fifth…

Students take a trip to Voice of America

The security was as tight as an airport. “Please remove your electronics and metallic items from your pockets,” a security guard said as students filed into a building in Washington. On a Friday in late June, students from the National Student Leadership Conference  Journalism & Mass Communication section visited the Voice of America, the government-run broadcasting…