Rising Darlington senior Alexander Greene recently represented the state of Georgia at the 2019 Al Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference. He blogged about the experience at the Freedom Forum Institute and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Some excerpts appear below; you can read his article by clicking Journalism.
- “… We had a wide variety of platforms used from videography, print, digital, and even podcasts, which taught me how rapidly the journalism world is changing, and for the better. We also learned about the importance that the First Amendment has on our changing society, as well as the most significant freedom to us.
- ” .. We met with world-renowned journalists such as David Fahrenthold from “The Washington Post,” and 2004 Free Spirit Alum Mary Pilon, author of “The Monopolists” and “The Kevin Show.” They both explained to us the importance of journalism, while speaking on their most notable works and how we can get ourselves involved in the journalism community.
- “This program did not only involve panels and seminars but included afternoon tours… A few of the most memorable experiences: getting a VIP tour of Capitol Hill and viewing all of the galleries from the press section. Another was getting to view the iconic Newseum (where) we got to get an early access tour of one of their final exhibits, “Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’” which opened June 21.
- “Not only did this conference provide me with an opportunity to learn about the future of journalism and the impact that we have on it but it provided me with 50 new friendships with young journalists all across America. I cannot express how passionate these other journalists are, and while some may say that the future of journalism is uncertain, from what I saw and experienced, it is going to be better than ever. “
Rome City Schools’ instructional specialists are going to have a new professional home for the 2019-2020 school year.
Jackie Weed currently serves students at West End as an instructional specialist and she will be moving to Elm Street Elementary. Kimberly Shedd, a former third-grade educator at Elm Street will fill the instructional specialist role at the new Main Elementary opening in the fall. Finally, Jennifer Edwards, who currently teaches second grade, is set to continue her work at Anna K. Davie Elementary as an instructional specialist.
By employing an instructional specialist in the schools identified by school system administrators, children will get extra instruction in reading and writing. Also, these three educators will be tasked with collecting valuable data that teachers can use to modify their lesson plans and make the time spent learning in class much more effective.