The future of journalism

19 June 2008

High school journalists from across North Carolina met this week in Chapel Hill for the annual Institute of the state’s Scholastic Media Association. These are the kids most passionate about printed word and art. I just returned from helping the group of 10 students who put together The Rush, the conference newspaper.

These students couldn’t have encouraged me more about the future of journalism. They want to learn everything, and many of them have skills that I wish I had. They can write, they can design, they can photograph, they can make graphic illustrations and they know AP style. But what impressed me most is that how well they worked together. Most did not know each other, but by the end of the second day, as they were laying out their pages, they were all laughing, joking and collaborating.

They came in with varying skill levels but they all helped each other, and their enthusiasm for learning is what The Daily Tar Heel‘s teaching mission encourages. I’m glad we were able to help out with this and hope we will encourage supporting high school journalism in the coming year.