The Westside Writing Project
December 29, 2014
Westside Wrting Project participated in National News Engagement Day on Tuesday, October 7th. Our first stop was at Cather Elementary School as we held an open discussion around the topic of news with close to 20 8th graders.
The discussion included topics such as:
* Where students go to receive news
* How they determine what to believe
* The difference between facts/information and opinions/gossip
* The importance of verifying information
After our discussion, students gained experience recording and interviewing each other about various news topics. As you can see from the photos, the students were very engaged!
Later that afternoon, several high school students stopped by our youth media/technology center to discuss the news and the role it plays in their daily lives.
The discussion began with the question, ‘If you were a news reporter, what would you like to talk about and why?’ We heard answers such as world wars, new video games/technology, neighborhood violence, student rights and school dress code.
From our one-day activities it was very clear that students on the West Side are indeed engaged with the news!
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