Student journalists learn the tricks
of the trade
By Erika Lavers and Judy Symes
Roncalli Central High
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
STEM~Net headquarters in St. John's was buzzing with activity
The educational network for Newfoundland and Labrador held
a technology conference for students, teachers and parents from
There were speakers and classes that taught computer skills,
and there were eight excited teenagers running around with tape
recorders, video cameras, and note pads. Judy, Michelle, Joelle,
Ricky, Sarah, Janine, Sherry and Erika worked hard all week to
produce and compile stories for the latest edition of SNN.
The SchoolNet News Network is a program designed to teach
teens how to write stories, express themselves, and show the
world what they can do. The stories are for teens, by teens,
and the adults and teachers are the ones who help with editing
and publication of stories, and the audio and video productions.
The week was also filled with fun activities, such as going
to the mall, barbecuing, and making friends with other SNN reporters.
Everyone took part in writing, interviewing and videography.
Some people found to have more talent in areas they didn't recognize.
Many students stayed at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
residence, while others stayed at home and traveled in each morning.
We began before 9 a.m. and sometimes worked into the night. But
it was well worth it because we can read, watch, and listen to
what we wrote and be acknowledged for our accomplishments. Hopefully,
we can make many friends across Canada through the SchoolNet
SNN? Two weeks ago, we didn't really know what it meant. Now,
it's a different story. We now know that this will be a very
memorable experience for anyone taking part. We never really
had an interest in journalism but we do now. It was so amazing
how much work the eight of us accomplished once we pulled together
and work as a team.
Many thanks to the STEM~Net, SNN, and our teachers for this