STATEN ISLAND, NY – At a time when community news is more important than ever, reporters and editors at Staten Island Advance / SILive.com provide an opportunity to help develop young journalists
Advance / SILive.com and Curtis High School, St. George, teamed up to create an e-mentor program designed to help young people explore the world of journalism, photography and social media.
“It’s so rewarding for us to work with young people eager to explore the wonders of the press and make a difference in their community, whether that community is their school, their neighborhood or their world,” said Brian Lynn, senior editor at Advance /SILive.com.
One of the driving forces behind the collaboration is English and journalism teacher, Cadence Turner – who also created the Curtis Journalism program, where students learn about new literacy, multi-platform products, video, photography, print journalism and more to become civilian journalists.
The team at Advance / SILive.com volunteered to serve as mentors, along with students based on their interests to work on a project they are passionate about.
Through the program students gain knowledge about journalism, the basics of reporting, photography and social media. They will learn about topics like story features, interview techniques, deadlines and more.
“I’m really excited about the e-mentoring program with Staten Island Advance,” Turner said. “There are professional journalists who work directly with my students. It’s amazing. When students work side by side with journalists, I think they’ll learn a lot more than just classroom work. I also think it’s a two-way street; I think e-mentors will learn from the next generation as well!”
Those at Advance / SILive.com said they hope to provide a real-world experience for students through the partnership.
“The e-mentoring program allows us to work with gifted young people who are genuinely interested in working with journalists to develop content they are passionate about,” said Community News Director Cassie Sommer, chair of the Advance / SILive.com Diversity Committee, who has played a key role in developing a partnership with Curtis. .
And at the end of the month-long partnership, students may have a chance to see their hard work published.
The following are the students participating in the program:
- Logan Barnes, 11th grade
- Alyssa Grillo, 11th grade
- Amber Ann Hoteling, 10th grade
- Kai Kwak, 10th grade
- Christian Love, 10th grade
- Akitama Moras, 11th grade
- Omosefe Noruwa, 11th grade
- Yosef Sheffer, 10th grade
- Charlotte Togba, 10th grade
- Soojin Yoonsmith, 9th grade
Gail Lubin, content manager at Advance / SILive.com, said the school leadership is committed to a journalism program that is “steeped in excellence, built over decades by an exceptional educator,” adding that Curtis students are as passionate about journalism as they are. They are smart.
“Their voices and ideas will add so much to our newsroom, and they are already ready to impact the community through their writing, photos and videos,” Lubin said.
A Curtis graduate herself, she added that it is exciting to return to the high school corridors because of the significant partnership.
“We could not have been more excited that Staten Island students from all backgrounds would get a real taste of community journalism through our high school partnership program – and we could not have asked for a better partner from Curtis High School to start the initiative.” she said.
Lynn also applauded the team at Advance / SILive.com who volunteered as mentors to the young journalists.
“They’re making a difference through their daily reporting, and now they’re making a difference when they offer their expertise, helping to expand eager young minds,” Lynn said.