From January to April, about 20 high school students from around the metro gather at The Oklahoman every Saturday morning to learn about the field of journalism at a program called Newsroom 101.
Sponsored by The Oklahoman, Newsroom 101 gives students interested in journalism the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the newspaper is made while getting hands-on experience. The class is led by columnist Carrie Coppernoll and crime reporter Michael Kimball, along with other reporters and editors from The Oklahoman.
As attendees of this program, students are given the opportunity to write about whatever they choose — the sky is the limit. Article topics can range from sports to dieting to reviews of popular music, movies and books.
In recent years, Newsroom 101 has broadened its medium to teach students how the field of journalism is expanding by allowing them to record podcasts, create videos and create photo projects that portray important issues.
The final product at the end of the class is one that everyone can enjoy. The paper is distributed to schools throughout the metro. Newsroom 101 publications have won the National Association of Education Publisher’s awards twice.
Newsroom 101 is a great way for students to catch a glimpse at what a career in the world of journalism looks like while meeting new people and improving their writing abilities.
> Conner Moslander, Deer Creek High School senior
> Conner Rohwer, Mustang High School senior