Friday’s visit and tour of the Arizona Republic newspaper was thrilling and informative. This really made my day and week.
The building itself is a marvel! It is modern and undergoing change which, in some ways, reflects changes in the news industry. The sounds and sights of construction were evident from the time you entered the front door and throughout the first few floors of the building.
The local NBC television affiliate is moving into the building to share facilities with the paper. This would be true multimedia! The paper and television could surely make it easier to share resources and the new technologies being physically close.
Journalist Eric Johnson (pictured, far left) who trains college journalism interns for the paper explains the program to our group. He says the program has benefitted the paper and the interns through the partnership.
The news team (leader pictured) held their daily news meeting for our benefit in a special room to accommodate us. We learned about how this team gathers news, prioritizes stories and places them in the paper. We looked, listened, and asked questions near the end of the meeting.
It was so good to see such polished, highly skilled professionals at work!
Clarence D. Hooker
Hinds Agricultural High School