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Editor’s Notebook: Talking about journalism at KHS

Many news-related topics were discussed last Friday morning in Kimberly Reese’s classroom at Kaneland High School.

I visited two of Ms. Reese’s journalism classes to speak about the Kane County Chronicle, how technology continues to change the media landscape and my career as a newspaper reporter and editor. In addition, I spoke to the students about internship and job shadow opportunities at the Chronicle, and journalism scholarships offered by the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, an organization dedicated to advancing the quality, integrity and credibility of journalism and journalism education in northern Illinois.

During my visit, the students in Ms. Reese’s classes, many of whom work on the school’s Kaneland Krier publication, asked me some great questions about my work and their own.

They asked about different concentrations within the broader field of journalism. About my typical work day. And about how they could get more people to the Krier website,

It was a pleasure to learn more about the Krier and the journalism students at KHS. Thanks to Ms. Reese for letting me speak to her classes. And thanks also to student Amelia Likeum for taking the photo that accompanies this column.

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An even younger group of people learned more about journalism Feb. 6.

Scouts from Pack 155 in St. Charles and a few of their parents visited the Kane County Chronicle newsroom that evening to learn about newspapers and how they are produced.

They also got a brief lesson on the First Amendment, a tour of the newsroom and a special introduction to reporter Eric Schelkopf, who just happens to be an Eagle Scout.

The boys were full of enthusiasm, and I was happy to help them learn more about newspapers.

They came as Tiger Scouts, and the next day many earned the rank of Wolf. Congrats to those accomplished pack members.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at

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