5 days, 25 students: A look back at the 2018 workshop


The week started with exercises on building characters, setting up interviews and getting great quotes.


Students got a chance to visit Virginian-Pilot's newsroom, attend story budget meetings, and talk to reporters and editors. We also talked about different types of story leads, and how to build a story.


On a rainy day, we focused on how to create Instagram Stories and how to take photos like a journalist, with some great acting by each of the students.


After senior editor Jeff Reece shared tips on identifying fake news and building trust with readers, students had a chance to talk to get feedback on their stories from Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press reporters and editors. We also talked to a former student editor and publication adviser at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed and another 17 were injured in a February shooting.


On our last day, we tackled how to write headlines then got the adrenaline flowing with a breaking news exercise.

Thanks to our students, their parents and our co-workers for making this a great workshop.