McBeath Intern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hours: Nov. 11 - 15, 10 hours
This week, I worked primarily on an enterprise piece that was assigned to me by Erin Richards, one of the Journal Sentinel's education reporters and one of my supervisors. The piece looks at how several educators across Wisconsin are using social media and technology in their classrooms.
This is my first long-form piece, meaning that the turnaround isn't as quick and I have time to get to know the subject and my interviewees better. As a personal user of Twitter and Facebook and the student social media director for the Diedrich College's journalism department, this piece holds a special interest for me. I've been able to work closely with my editors and other reporters, working on what angle I want the story to take and what's most important for the reader to know.
I can't give away too much, but hopefully the piece will be running this week (sometime between Nov. 18 and Nov. 23). I'm hoping that, if other educators and education officials see this piece, it will push them to integrate more technology and social media into classrooms. With the economy and workforce moving more toward digital jobs and innovation, it's important that Milwaukee's youth learn these skills.