News Team Creates Digital Essays

2022 Fall News Team
Students are happy they have completed the Fall News Team.

The ThreeSixty 2021 Fall News Team connected to the #360YouthVoiceChallenge. Students wrote op-eds on self-care, community, identity and more.

The students who attended our program at the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences in St. Paul had a hands-on experience and learned how to write an op-ed story, then turned them into digital stories. They recorded an audio track of their stories and learned how to make them into digital essays.

Kennedy Rance, who is a junior Patrick Henry High School, said, “I enjoyed researching and writing my editorial.”

“We want the students to be excited not just about writing the story, but also use their creativity side of finding the photos or video relating to their story,” Program Manager Dymanh Chhoun said. “We had great guest speaker like Myron Medcalf from the Star Tribune, talking about what it’s like to be a columnist.”

Students were taught by veteran reporters Ruben Rosario and Terry Wolkerstorfer, who taught students how to write an op-ed and make their story stronger.

Talking to new people and playing games with them and the editing is my favorite part,” said Jaydin Fairbanks, a junior at 279Online Osseo Area Schools. 

The students’ favorite part is getting to use the podcast studio, which was led by St. Thomas Emerging Media Professor John Keston. He taught the students how to record their voice and how to edited using Audacity.

Overall, the students had five Saturday to learn the process of writing, recording and editing their story. Final audio slideshows will be published on the website soon.