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Editor’s Notebook: Informing students about journalism

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 8:01 a.m. CDT

I spoke to a few dozen students about my job as editor of the Kane County Chronicle during Career Day at Central High School in Burlington on Friday.

As part of my presentation, I passed out a short survey that asked students why they were interested in learning more about journalism on Career Day.

“I want to go into journalism!” one student wrote with enthusiasm.

“I’m a good writer and wanted to see what it takes to do it at a professional level,” wrote another.

“I read the Chronicle,” stated another.

Those who have a passion for writing, love meeting new people and want to learn more about the world around them are good candidates for journalism.

It’s a profession that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and if any of my enthusiasm for the job rubs off on even a few students, that’s awesome.

Before the school year ends, I’ll also be speaking at Kaneland, Geneva and Batavia high schools about journalism.

I’m excited to meet more students. And thanks to Central High School for inviting me to its educational event.

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Geneva High School senior Micah Andersen started an internship with the Kane County Chronicle this week.

Micah plans to attend Judson University in the fall, where she is looking to study English with a concentration in journalism, as well as graphic design.

Getting to tell people’s stories is what Micah finds interesting about journalism, especially stories about “people that normally wouldn’t have a chance to get their story out there.”

Got a story idea for Micah? You can contact her at mandersen@shawmedia.com.

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Finally, I attended the opening night performance of “42nd Street” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora last Saturday.

I was blown away at the opening tap-dance routine, which was my favorite part of the show. But the whole production kept my attention, made me smile and made me wish I went to the theater more often.

“It’s the classic story of Broadway,” states the Paramount website in describing “42nd Street.” “Peggy, the small-town girl, leaves the sanctity of family to pursue her dreams in New York. While keeping the big city wolves at bay, she befriends the working class of the theater world – the chorus – and lands a part on the line in the newest play ‘Pretty Lady.’ ”

To learn more about the show, which runs through Feb. 9, visit http://paramountaurora.com or call 630-896-6666.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

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