Students get a blast at ThreeSixty Journalism’s Fair

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High School students from across the Metro area thronged to St. Thomas University, campus to the ThreeSixty journalism program fair to savor the uniqueness of the opportunities the program presents them in the field of journalism and mass communication.

Over the years, ThreeSixty has become a growing ground for budding journalists, producing and grooming some of the most fine minds amongst youngsters in the twin cities. Like past fairs, this year’s fair saw the participation of a variety of news houses and journalism schools in Minnesota and even Wisconsin. Students were treated to the wonderful scripting, reporting, and audio visual photography of currently enrolled threesixty students.

The program uses these fairs to demystify some of the conceptions about what journalism and the media world is all about. A student-Jammie from North High -speaking to ANJ said the fair made her see how a career in journalism and communication could be as exciting as any other career. “The uniqueness of the program is what made me interested-and not the glamor that is associated with being a journalist” said Kyla from ThreeSixty’s 2007 summer camp.

For Becca Dallinger, the editor of ThreeSixty, seeing the excitement of students when they take part in the program is what drives her. She notes that ThreeSixty gives youths especially those from minority communities and families a chance to voice their views, and helps them develop and hone their journalistic and communication skills.

Calling on all for support, Lynda McDonnell-Executive Director of ThreeSixty said the program is designed to “train journalists who reflect the rich variety of experience in our communities and help us bridge the gaps of age, culture, race, gender, income and religion”. She added that the community needs \to lend its support to the program for it to be sustained. Many students who have attended ThreeSixty camps have shown that when encouraged and presented with the right medium, they can become a force to reckon with.

For more information and inquiries about the ThreeSixty Program, contact Lynda McDonnell at lmmcdonnell@stthomas.edu or info@threesixtyjournalism.com. (651-962-5282)

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