Chronicle J-School helps young journalists get published

Students from the morning (top) and afternoon (bottom) sessions of J-School.

Delaney Turner | Managing Editor

From June 5 through 8, The Chronicle held its first annual J-School. 50 students in grades fifth through ninth were invited to get a hands on experience with journalism. Over the four days, participants discussed the prevalence of journalism in the world as well as some key techniques to being a successful journalist. On day one, students learned the difference between good and bad interviews and how beneficial it can be to ask open ended questions. Day two, many high school students were brought in to be interviewed about their clubs, sports and hobbies. J-School students practiced recording and transcribing interviews. With the help of their Chronicle mentors, students began writing their stories on day three. Their knowledge of the difference between nonfiction writing and journalistic writing was put to the test.

The last day of J-School presented a range of fun review activities as well as awards. Each student received a certificate upon graduation of J-School, as well as the opportunity to be a published writer. Check out our flip-book on the sidebar to see all of the work created throughout the week.