News Reporter Academy Camps Wrap

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ThreeSixty News Reporter Academy 1 students are all smiles after finishing their stories for the Minnesota Humanities Center week.

News Reporter Academy kicked off ThreeSixty’s on-campus July programming. The first week was sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Center. Thirteen students completed stories on changing Minnesota narratives, interviewing a diverse group of journalists and storytellers. 

“During the News Reporter Academy, MHC focused the student journalists on a deeper understanding of the power of humanities and how to apply them to change problematic racial narratives in the media” said Jessica Rust, Project Manager Specialist at Minnesota Humanities. “We are thankful to ThreeSixty for inviting MHC as one of its 2021 community partners.” 

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ThreeSixty News Reporter Academy 2 students strike a pose before celebrating their hard work writing stories in the Center for Prevention week.

The second week of News Reporter Academy focused on racism as a public health issue in partnership with Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota. Students interviewed public health professionals, therapists and other practitioners working in the DEI space. 

“Our partnership with ThreeSixty is deeply meaningful and is helping to change the dominant narrative on health in Minnesota,” Sasha-Houston Brown said. 

Here’s what some students had to say about their experience:

  • “I loved learning about how to conduct an interview and then applying those lessons to an actual interview.”  – Caroline Siebels-Lindquist, Great River Montessori School
  • “I think everything about the Academy was my favorite part. Getting to know many people and their stories was awesome. I learned so much from the participants and leaders.” – Michael Rosas-Ceronio, Lakeville South High School
  • “I really loved my writing coach. She really helped me put everything I wanted to put into the article correctly. She knew my vision and she helped me get there.” – Han-Vu Tran, Mounds View High School

Over both one-week camps, students worked with industry professionals, learned how to interview sources and write news stories, and heard from guest speakers. These stories will be published in the fall 2021 ThreeSixty Magazine.

As ThreeSixty’s summer Student Leader, alumni and mentor, words cannot describe how fulfilling it was working with these incredible students. Each one of them is a leader in their own right and brought something special to the classroom. I wholeheartedly believe these young storytellers are going to change the game of journalism for the better. 

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