Students and mentors take a look back at the week of digital journalism

NKU’s Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop has had an incredible week. Students have gone on Instagram shoots, listened to talks by professionals and done their own individual videos, photos and text stories.

As the week comes to a close students and mentors alike look back at the week reminiscing about the things they’ve learned and the moments they’ve shared.

The Students

Augusta Battoclette

Augusta Battoclette – Walnut Hills High School

What I Learned: “I learned that journalism is a lot more digital than I thought it would be.”

Favorite Moment: “Had to be going to the daycare.”


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Bryce Broering – Highlands High School

What I Learned: “How to use computers, the editing side of it all.”

Favorite Moment: “There are so many, but probably when I first came and met everyone.”


Alyssa Burchfield

Alyssa Burchfield – McAuley High School

What I Learned: “How to do digital, especially with video and interviewing people.”

Favorite Moment: “Just doing the stories where we went out places.”


Brian FogelBrian Fogel – Lakota East High School

What I Learned: “A lot of stylistic techniques and better ways to engage people in the style you write.”

Favorite Moment: “Photographing the little babies at the daycare center.”



Emma HendyEmma Hendy – Villa Madonna High School

What I Learned: “I learned to definitely not be afraid to go up to people and get the story. Also that writing the news is a lot different from writing in English class, which I really like that difference.”

Favorite Moment: “Going out on the interviews, getting to be in the field.”



Cindy HuynhCindy Huynh – Lakota East High School

What I Learned: “How to film and how to edit.”

Favorite Moment: “Mr. Hume being here; I wasn’t exactly expecting him.”



Brianna JonesBrianna Jones – Walnut Hills High School

What I Learned: “How to use Premiere to edit video, it was something I’d never done before.”

Favorite Moment: “Working on Premiere, it was just interesting to learn all that.”



Christina KimChristina Kim – Lakota East High School

What I Learned: “Learning and trying to use equipment that I’m not used to since I usually use my own stuff.”

Favorite Moment: “Drawing Mr. Hume on the big white board.”


Gabrielle MaischGabrielle Maisch – Boone county High School

What I Learned: “The video editing. I’d done some in class before, but this was really hands-on.”

Favorite Moment: “I really liked going to the day classes with the little kids.”



Sean MasonSean Mason – Harrison High School

What I Learned: “How to edit videos, I’ve tried before, but never gotten to anything like this with it.”

Favorite Moment: “Doing interviews, especially at the MineCraft class. It wasn’t a normal class, it was different from any other class.”



Montserrat MendezMontse Mendez – Anderson High School

What I Learned: “Definitely to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone; to mix interviews with video and be ready for anything.”

Favorite Moment: “It was cool being on campus for the first time. I know that if I come here for college I’ll feel comfortable.”


Elijah MessmerElijah Messmer – Nicholson-Messmer Homeschool

What I Learned: “How to approach people and not be afraid to ask questions.”

Favorite Moment: “Split between the photo taking which I loved. I’ve done photos, but generally more as a hobby.”



Allan MillwardAllan Millward – Dixie Heights High School

What I Learned: “How to use Premiere, just to learn on a different system than IMovie.”

Favorite Moment: “Instagram contest.”



Natalie NeaceNatalie Neace – Highlands High School

What I Learned: “Time is essential.”

Favorite Moment: “I always like when Dean Hume is here.”



Hayley NewHayley New – McAuley High School

What I Learned: “How to ask good questions and the interview process because I didn’t know anything about it.”

Favorite Moment: “Editing because I hadn’t done any of that and it was cool to see what actually happens.”



Megan NewMegan New – Colerain High School

What I Learned: “Editing stuff because I didn’t know how to do any of it and I like video more now.”

Favorite Moment: “It was fun to do the Instagram things.”



Emma ReedEmma Reed – Highlands High School

What I Learned: “Writing news stories. I’m not in any journalism program at my school, so it was cool learning how it’s different and how you have to keep yourself out of the stories.”

Favorite Moment: “Instagram on Monday, I really like taking photos and seeing other people’s photos.”



Nathaniel WyemanNathaniel Weyman – Bishop Brossart High School

What I Learned: “Editing with Premiere, I’ve only used Movie Maker which is primitive.”

Favorite Moment: “Probably meeting new people that are interested in journalism, photography and all of those things.”



Michael XiangMichael Xiang – Sycamore Junior High School

What I Learned: “How photojournalists take photos and how you have to be patient when taking them.”

Favorite Moment: “Using the video editing software. It’s fun to edit and cut out stuff.”



Jonah YonkerJonah Yonker – Lakota East High School

What I Learned: “How important it is to get more footage than you need.”

Favorite Moment: “When Dean slammed his head into the wall.”




Nancy Curtis – Story Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “That students, even when they don’t have a ton of experience, can really surprise you. Also that I seem to be a better mentor than I thought I would be.”

Favorite Moment: “The second Instagram contest, I really loved my little group and we had a lot of fun running around the Fine Arts Center. They were playing instruments and climbing into open lockers, it was great.”

Andrea Carter – Story Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “All of this camp has been an experience for me. I’ve never worked on deadline and going out and being in charge of a small group that really valued my advice and seemed to be having fun was really gratifying.”

Favorite Moment: “The interviews, I had a real hardworking bunch.”

John Flaherty – Photo Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “It’s easy to forget what it’s like to be their age. So it’s cool to see the students spending their time on a camp like this learning instead of wasting their time.”

Favorite Moment: “I really enjoyed Monday. I was exhausted from Bonnaroo and only had two hours of sleep, but seeing them interact with the younger kids at the Early Childhood Center was great. You got to see their mature side.”

Lizzie Kibler – Video Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “Personally I take away that apparently I’m good with high school students. It made me feel like I could be a teacher.”

Favorite Moment: “Getting to experience the same stuff as them was cool. Also watching Emma [Reed] grab people to interview and really knowing what to do.”

Marc Kennedy – Video Mentor

Biggest Takeaway – “I’m very pleased to know how many high school students are getting the college experience that I never got when I was their age.”

Favorite Moment: “Getting to hear Dean Hume’s lectures. He reminds me of a crazy college professor and was very similar to a lot of my favorite college professors.”

Heidi Rink – Social Media Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “Working in the fast paced environment and getting to use all my skills is possible.”

Favorite Moment: “Judging the videos and photos because I like seeing what they’ve done at the end of the week.”

Kerry Skiff – Social Media Mentor

Biggest Takeaway: “I think I learned more about myself than say journalism like what my strengths and weaknesses are. Also that it was really easy to relate to them.”

Favorite Moment: “When Jonah handed me a weed. It was just this little thing, but then it became a joke. Just connecting with the students was great.”

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Cameras capture a camp in flight

After a short walk and some blistering heat the cool air of Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Science Center greeted five workshop students as they prepared to enter the aeronautics camp.

My amazing crew of kids at their assigned location interviewing a source.

My amazing crew of kids at their assigned location interviewing a source.

The second they entered they gravitated toward the cases and displays lining the first floor. Brian Fogel, Lakota East High School student, who has a strong interest in plant life, looked to the cases for varying types of plants while his Lakota classmate Cindy Huynh cautiously stepped toward the taxidermy animals.

After a few minutes of adventuring and a small tumble up the stairs for Christina Kim, also from Lakota, the assignment began. The students waited in the hall as the middle schoolers from the camp waved to them through the windows. William Schneider, who directs the aeronautics camp for Center for Integrated Natural Science and Mathematics at NKU, finishing up a lesson on latitude as the high school students unpacked their cameras to prep for their interviews.

“Where can we set up?” Elijah Messmer, Nicholson-Messmer homeschool student, asked before recalling Schneider’s instruction to set up wherever they’d like.

The interviews began. In one corner Jonah Yonker, a fourth student from Lakota East, set up his camera perfectly to speak with an aeronautics student. In another, Elijah interviewed Schneider, all while Cindy took the initiative of asking one of the Campbell County High School student assistants for an interview. Christina headed into the hall for a quieter spot for her interview.

The students sounded almost experienced, asking the right questions and holding confident composure in their interviews.

As the high school students began to shoot b-roll, Schneider launched into a passionate speech about the work their doing in the aeronautics camp, throwing out quotable line after quotable line.

“I do the plannin’ and Jim does the practicin’,” Schneider said referring to fellow instructor Jim Daniels.

The students, even though unprepared for this impromptu speech, quickly turned their cameras back on Schneider, capturing his quotes on video and feverishly taking notes.

Schneider went back to his instruction; the room was now quiet, while the students shot b-roll. Jonah immediately took his camera off the stand to go in for close up shots. Cindy set up in a corner catching footage of a table of aeronautics students intently working on the task at hand.

After some time of quiet b-roll, the students headed to the second floor where the other half of the aeronautics students were learning to use flight simulators. Jonah was already there, finishing earlier than the others, taking his b-roll from interesting angles already. The others followed suit. Christina and Cindy spotted two more of the high school student assistants.

“Could we interview one of you?” Christina asked. One agreed and they stepped into the hallway. The others continued their b-roll as aeronautics students practice flying through the air.223

“I managed to fill up my memory card already,” Jonah said with still 10 minutes to go. Jonah’s lack of memory space becomes a sign for the others that time was almost up. One by one they began to wrap up and pack up and head to the hallway.

On the walk back they discuss their story ideas. Each had their unique idea that they were ready to put into text.

This story was one chapter of a larger digital narrative which followed the biggest day of the Digital Camp from the perspective of each student mentor.

Day 2: Students ask interesting questions in press conference with NKU men’s basketball coach

The second day of NKU’s digital workshop had a lot to offer, but the students’ biggest moment came from a press conference with NKU men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold.

Coach Bezold takes part in the mini press conference.

Coach Bezold takes part in the mini press conference.

After a session with Dean Hume, Lakota East High School’s newspaper advisor, about interviewing and a quick basketball background session with Chris Cole, NKU’s head of Marketing and Communication the students applied what they learned about asking questions to Coach Bezold.

Sean Mason, Harrison High School student, jumped in to ask the first question at the press conference. Asking Bezold how coming from Holy Cross, a private Catholic school has affected his coaching.

“Basketball coaching can challenge you morally,” Bezold said responding to Mason’s question.

“What was really gratifying was during the set up Dean Hume had them do research beforehand and he told them it would impress the person that they were interviewing,” Michele Day, workshop director, said. “Sure enough you could see on his [Coach Bezold’s] face that he was.”

Walnut Hills High School student Augusta Battoclette looked into his background and shocked Bezold when she asked him about his role model Maya Angelou. Natalie Neace, Highlands High School student, did the same asking Bezold about his past coaching women’s tennis and the differences and lessons that taught him.

Michele Day starts the day.

Michele Day starts the day.

Almost every student at the workshop jumped in to ask questions. Jonah Yonker, Lakota East student, took the advice he’d learned in Dean Hume’s lesson asking for anecdotes from the coach and providing follow up questions from there.

Emma Reed, Highlands High School student, even tackled larger picture subjects asking Bezold about gender equality in sports at NKU.

“There have been great questions so far,” Hume said before asking his own questions to the coach.

Dean Hume gets comfortable as he teaches students.

Dean Hume gets comfortable as he teaches students.

Jordan Jackson, NKU men’s basketball player also joined Bezold in the press conference. Students asked him questions as well, even though they hadn’t had the chance to do any prior research on him.

Battoclette was the first to directly ask Jackson a question on the topic about the differences between high school and college basketball.

Some students focused on the personal side of both Bezold and Jackson asking about their families, while others focused on the basketball side of things.

Nathaniel Weyman focused more on the basketball side.

“Is there difficulty motivating the team with no chance of a conference championship?” Weyman asked as his first of many basketball related questions. To which Jackson responded, “As a competitor you treat every game the same, you just want to win.”

Both Bezold and Jackson answered every student’s question with humor and great seriousness. Whether their answers lead to their family values, graveyards, or how handsome Bezold is, the students were ready with more questions.

“I was impressed with all the questions,” Day said. “They really got better quotes than they would have had they not done some prior research.”

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Day One: Top 10 things to look forward to at the NKU Journalism in the Digital Age Camp

So what do journalists do, exactly? You’re about to find out at NKU’s Journalism in the Digital Age workshop. During the five-day camp students will learn be behind the camera, notebook and Ipad working to capture what’s happening at NKU. Get ready to learn the basics of journalism, explore campus, use professional equipment and have a lot of fun! Keep reading to find out exactly what you’ll be doing:


1.       Student Mentors DSC_0461

Throughout the week you will get to know seven current NKU students who will be guiding you through their week of journalism projects. Many of the students work for NKU’s student newspaper The Northerner. These mentors are more than journalists; they’re social media savvy, video smart and more than ready to teach something new to aspiring journalists.


2.       Interesting Professionals

While most one on one work will be with the student mentors, a group of media professionals will also be helping you and presenting their experience and ideas throughout the week. NKU professors and high school teachers alike, all with impressive backgrounds in journalism, will help teach you about the world of media.


3.       Instagram Contests

Do you like taking photos? Then get ready to enter our two Instagram contests throughout the week! Students will go beyond taking selfies and pictures of their food; Monday will begin with capturing the essence of NKU and Thursday will picture the techie side of the campus.


4.       Learn about The Northerner

Though it may seem far off, you high school students will soon be entering college, and if NKU is the place you choose to go, getting to know the staff of The Northerner is just what you need to do! Leading editors from NKU’s student-run newspaper will be here to answer your questions about what it’s like to run a college newspaper.


5.       Free Food!

group-butwithfilterEveryone loves food, especially when it’s free. Every day lunch will be provided for students to enjoy as they get to know their peers, lounging in the main hangout on campus, the Student Union.


6.       Cool Assignments

Prepare to embark on what may be your first real journalistic assignments! Students will break into four groups on Wednesday, where some will watch mini-rockets blast off as others get an inside look at the women’s basketball team at NKU. From shooting video to interviewing to tweeting, you’ll get to witness first-hand all the responsibilities of professional media makers.


7.       Photo Shoots

Cool stories aren’t always created by the pen; they need pictures to accompany them! During the week students will be behind the camera taking photos of lively areas on campus, starting on day one! Students will be given the opportunity to shoot photos at either the bustling Student Union during freshmen orientation or join the other group, which will venture to investigate the Early Childhood Center.


8.       Basketball Press Conference

On Tuesday students will join a press conference as NKU men’s basketball coach Dave Bezold answers questions in the impressive Bank of Kentucky Center. Learn about the history of the team, its record and plans for the upcoming season.


9. Social Media061614 NKUJcamp - Photograph © Bruce Crippen

You aren’t the only ones on Facebook anymore! In fact, journalists use social media frequently in their work, both to find and promote stories. You’ll get a glimpse of how you can use your social media outlets like Vine, Instagram and Twitter to your advantage as a journalist, and witness how the audience responds to news in their social feed.


10.       Closing Ceremony

On Friday, the final day of the camp, students, parents, media professionals and mentors will gather for a presentation of your work from the entire week, as well as an awards ceremony and more free food!

All that and more will be major highlights of the week for students and mentors alike. The Journalism in the Digital Age workshop will begin Monday June, 16. Do you think you can become a professional journalist in a week? Let’s find out!