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Journalism Students Take on the WSJ

Tynia Thomassie

Tynia Thomassie

Jordan Broking, Managing Editor

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MANHATTAN, Ny — After the Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Karen Pensiero, visited journalism students at West Orange High School (WOHS), students from the Newspaper and Intro to Journalism classes got a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the WSJ and Fox News headquarters in NYC on Apr. 26.

Students were greeted by Dana Madinah, Pensiero’s assistant, who brought them to a conference room where the morning meeting was held. Unfortunately, the students could not see the morning meeting due to traffic issues, but a briefing of it was given by Brent Jones, and an editor from the WSJ.

An editor from the WSJ spoke to the students about what goes into formatting the paper, such as what articles are typically seen on the front page and rolling deadlines.

After the editor answered students’ questions, Jones introduced Kathryn Lurie, the Social Editor for the WSJ. Lurie started to work for wsj.com before she graduated from college, and worked her way up to the position she’s in today to rebrand the emerging media program. The WSJ snapchat page publishes 5 times a week, and is used to translate stories for a younger audience.

Students got the opportunity to ask Lurie questions about the Snapchat account before being greeted by three WSJ reporters. Breaking News Reporter, Allison Prang, NY Law Enforcement Reporter, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, and Director of Video Content, Jarrard Cole. All three of the reporters spoke about their own personal experiences in journalism. After sharing their own stories, they asked the students about what interests them and if they participate in any journalism-related activities.

Students then got to learn about the journalism field from the reporters own perspectives. Prang stated, “ It’s [journalism] a job where you’re moving with world” and noted how journalists are constantly learning.

They also emphasized how being a journalist is not a job to make money, but to make an impact on the world. Kanno-Youngs also expressed to students that it’s important for journalists to own up to their mistakes as their stories do impact people.

Video journalism was heavily discussed by Cole. Cole told student journalists that video is a really creative and “awesome” tool kit for journalism. According to Cole, videos also help people understand complex news, and can make uninteresting topics seem interesting.

After this, students were led to the Fox News studio where manager, Chris Snyder, and Senior Editor, Carolyn Salazar gave a tour of one of the many newsrooms and studios. Snyder and Salazar gave students a glimpse into the world of live news casting, and explained the different roles of editors and producers.

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