We went on a field trip to The Arizona Republic, the official newspaper in Phoenix. We were able to tour several floors of the building and meet reporters, editors and interns. The atmosphere was really relaxed and a lot more quiet than I had imagined it to be. It wasn't nearly as loud as the newsroom on "All the President's Men."
I think it is really great that the professionals that work at the paper are involved in what is going on in the journalism programs at ASU. Some of the reporters and editors are also professors at the Cronkite school. They also have programs that allow students from ASU to be PAID interns at the paper. It is really great for those students to get the real-life experiences of working at newspaper.
It was really great to get to sit in on a real morning meeting with the editors. I think it is important that everyone is on the same page when you are producing a publication. This would be a good thing for our students to be able to do each day before they begin their work on yearbook or newspaper.
Spring High School