Charlotte Observer invites students to workshop


Our journalism team ventured out to Charlotte in the early hours of dawn this morning in anticipation of our field trip to the NASCAR tower, home of The Charlotte Observer. We planned an early commute hoping to avoid morning traffic, but that hope for Mr. Petree, our bus driver, was dashed.

Different forms of supporters and protesters made an appearance at the convention. | Photo taken by JoJo Welborn
Different forms of supporters and protesters made an appearance at the convention. | Photo taken by JoJo Welborn

Little did we know that the First Lady would be visiting the city of Charlotte, her mission: to convince Obama supporters to support Hillary in the upcoming elections.

Unfortunately, we did not see Michelle Obama nor the president, but not far away from the Obama conference, we settled into the offices of The Charlotte Observer. NCSMA, the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, had orchestrated the opportunity with the newspaper for journalism students and teachers to meet with experienced reporters and writers covering topics in social media, the basics of writing, and other skills.

Panelists (left to right) Glenn Burkins of Q City Metro, Tim Funk of Charlotte Observer, and Eric Frazier of Charlotte Observer answer questions. | Photo taken by YVA Staff
Panelists (left to right) Glenn Burkins of Q City Metro, Tim Funk of Charlotte Observer, and Eric Frazier of Charlotte Observer answer questions. | Photo taken by YVA Staff
Jamie Boll of WBTV served as mediator. | Photo taken by YVA Staff
Jamie Boll of WBTV served as mediator. | Photo taken by YVA Staff

In a political panel, we heard from two seasoned reporters as well as an experienced opinion columnist. These experts discussed politics, left-wing, right-wing, and center views concerning the political upheaval in the state, and even a rule of thumb when fact-checking sources; in the words of Mr. Burkins, “If your Mama says she loves you, check it out!”

No doubt the advice, expertise, and knowledge gathered from the event will help our team in our journalistic duties toward the local community.

Panelists and YVA students join forces in lobby of Charlotte Observer. | Photo taken by YVA Staff
Panelists and YVA students Cassidy Walden, Christy Rucker, JoJo Welborn, and Gavin Adams  join in lobby of Charlotte Observer. | Photo taken by YVA Staff
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