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Local Journalism Students Learn From the Pros

Another Pro For a Day boot-camp is in the books. On Saturday, Nov.5.  SDABJ, in cooperation with Southwestern College in Chula Vista, offered an invaluable opportunity for college students to learn from San Diego professional journalists. The day consisted of a panel discussion with Fox 5 assistant news director Sean Kennedy, NBC 7 social media manager Laura McVicker, SD Union-Tribune reporter Dana Littlefield, iHeartMedia Manager of Strategic Partnerships Kelly Delmonte and SD Union-Tribune photographer Misael Virgen.  Misael brought added insight as it was just a few short years ago that he was a student participant in the workshop.

After a primer on “this is how we do it”, we held a mock news conference about racial tension on a college campus. With the help of the pros, the students put their stories together for print, broadcast and social media. The photography students, under the fine tutelage of David Poller from the SD Untion-Tribune,  not only covered the fake news story but documented the PFAD experience.


As a small but mighty organization, this is a tremendous undertaking for SDABJ. We are eternally grateful to our colleagues who came out to lend a hand.  Lisa Halverstadt from Voice of San Diego, Luis Cruz from the SD Union Tribune, Carlos Rico from the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists jumped right in. Photographer David Brooks helped out. Mark Leimbach and Elroy Spatcher shared their expertise with the video crew.

Everyone made the real world deadlines. Go to Proforaday.wordpress.com to see the great work done by all involved.

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