News-Press mentors minority high school students

For the fifth year, the St. Joseph News-Press put together its Reporting L.I.V.E. (Learning, InVestigating and Exploring careers in the media) workshop.  The goal of the program is to introduce the field of journalism to local minority high school students.

Reporting L.I.V.E. was the idea of News-Press reporter Alonzo Weston, who loved writing growing up but never realized a career with a newspaper would be possible for a minority like him, as most male role models he knew worked in factories.  His aim is to expose minority students to what role journalism plays in a community and encourage them to consider it a career choice.

With the help of a committee, participation from other local media and the St. Joseph, Mo., school district, the program showed 12 eager students what is involved in gathering local news, from story generation to photography.  The program changed format this year, however, to give students more classroom-type instruction before working directly with mentors from the various newsrooms.  St. Joe Now’s News Director, Fran Tucker, moderated the student discussions, helping them select their story projects.  The students will have their work published in the News-Press and will air on St. Joe Now and another local station.