YSU Press Day
November 2, 2011
On September 22nd, Hubbard High School Video Productions and Hub Staff students attended the annual Press Day at Youngstown State University. Press Day is an event designed to teach area high school journalists valuable skills and to allow them the opportunity to brainstorm with journalists from other schools. The purpose of the event is to present ideas and information to students in the fall which they can carry with them throughout the year until spring Press Day, where students will be awarded and recognized for their work. Additionally, this day serves as a chance to talk with professors and hear from figures in the local media. This year’s key note speaker was Henry Gomez, political reporter for the Plain Dealer. Gomez, a YSU graduate, described how his education at YSU helped him develop many of the skills that have enabled his success in writing. He also offered a raw, very candid image of what life as an investigative reporter entails.
After Gomez spoke, students split up and attended various workshops, each focused on a different aspect of reporting. I had the opportunity to attend two workshops throughout the day. The first entitled “High School Journalists’ Rights” was led by Professor Marc Seamon and Professor Beth Earnheardt. This short course discussed the rights to information as well as the freedom of speech of high school students. Both professors also brainstormed possible story topics with students. Afterward, I went to a workshop entitled “Poetry and Surprise,” instructed by Dr. Steve Reese, professor of poetry and modern British literature at the university. Professor Reese had everyone in overfilled room listening intently and laughing often with his explanation of how surprise is a key component in good poetry. He encourages his writers to both surprise and entice readers. Resse presented examples of these techniques in famous poetry throughout history.
At the end of the day, all attendants again met in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley to hear from organizers of the event, YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson, and yet another local reporter. As the event came to a close, the room full of high school journalists was encouraged to keep writing, searching for stories, and return in spring to show off the results of their hard work.