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Podcasting is a large segment of the news package students are producing, along with a lengthy feature news article on a specific topic with 5-7 photographs and a mini documentary. YMP student groups are working on project topics related to social issues affecting young people in Mississippi communities.
Beau York, podcasting entrepreneur and Executive Producer of Podastery Studios, a Mississippi-based podcast company, came into the YMP newsroom to train individual student groups. Students were taught how to use podcasting equipment, including microphones and an audiobox donated by Podastery, and edit audio files with Audacity software.
During the week, students completed a source list and began scheduling interviews with newsmakers and experts. Each group will record at least one interview, done in the podcasting office in the YMP newsroom using professional equipment, edit on digital software, and produce a final podcast to be uploaded to the jxnpulse.com site.
In addition to podcast training, students also learned from notable professionals in the media field.
MPB Executive Director, Ronnie Agnew, visited the YMP newsroom to talk with students about the evolving world of digital technology. He spoke about his own personal career in journalism and the necessity to continue growing along with media. After talking to the group, Agnew then sat down with two YMP student journalists, Asia Mangum and Makallen Kelley, for an in-depth interview about his start, career successes, and what he's learned over the years working in media.
Here is a podcast clip from the student interview with Agnew, edited by YMP student Makallen Kelley.
As part of the digital storytelling training, students spent a full day with Cole Goins, Director of Community Engagement at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). CIR and PBS NewsHour partnered to broadcast Reveal, a weekly podcast with in-depth and original reporting. As part of the YMP curriculum, trainers use resources and content created by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. MPB provides local PBS station mentors to help students tell their own stories and address important community and social issues. YMP students ask hard questions, produce high-quality multimedia, and learn critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, digital literacy, and communication skills.
Goins brought along Andrea Hart, Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab based on the south side of Chicago. While at YMP, Hart had students brainstorm aspects about Jackson they liked, what they would change about their city, and how students can be involved in positively affecting change.
On Thursday, YMP newsroom neighbors in the Capital Towers building and project supporters, Carson Law Group PLLC, treated students to a Q&A First Amendment and Intellectual Property Lunch and Learn at the Capital Club Jackson. Students asked thoughtful questions about digitized public records, copyright law, and the intersection of journalism and law.
In addition to the learning workshops and a special lunch, students continued to post biographies and opinion pieces. You can follow more student work online, including blog posts and more intensive journalism work.