Developing partnerships with local media outlets for students to gain reporting experience away from campus takes time. When I came to Cedarville University to teach journalism in 2009, it was a primary goal.
In those first five years of the program, we averaged about one student a year gaining experience through an internship, practicum or freelance work in our local area. Finally, this semester we have nine students doing work for academic credit for outside agencies. Five of them are reporting for the Springfield News-Sun, two for the Xenia Daily Gazette and two for the Athletes In Action website in Xenia.
These are great opportunities for our students to develop their journalism skills, to learn professional skills and to build their portfolios. And it’s great for the News-Sun, the Gazette and AIA because like all news and information businesses they don’t have the amount of staff members they once did.
This past weekend, two of our students covered weekend events for the News-Sun. Lauren Eissler covered the Fair at New Boston at George Rogers Clark Park in Clark County. And Kathryn Sill covered the CedarFest community church service in Cedarville. Anna Dembowski also wrote a story and took photos the Gazette for a CedarFest story about the Dayton N-Track club’s model train display.
If you are interested in learning more about the Cedarville journalism program, there is more information on the CU website or you can write me with questions by clicking on Contact on the side menu on this website.