Vermillion High School journalists hone skills High school students honed their journalism skills in two one-week Journalism Institute workshops conducted by the South Dakota High School Press Association (SDHSPA) and South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Both workshops took place on the SDSU campus in Brookings under the direction of Doris Giago, head of the SDHSPA.
The first, held June 8-12, focused on yearbook design and content and was directed by professor Lyle Olson and Terry Peterson from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre. Thirty-four high school students from around South Dakota published a 10-page yearbook called Face to Face: Summer Institute 2003.
The yearbook features stories, pictures and design by the students, who covered area events that went on throughout the week, including Prairie Repertory Theatre's production of Damn Yankees and Safety Town, a safety education program for children.
SDSU professor Frank Klock and Dave Sietsema, a freelance photographer from Mitchell, assisted with photography. Deb Merxbauer from Sioux Falls Washington High School and Sam Burrish from Sioux Falls Lincoln instructed desktop publishing and layout.
The second workshop was held June 15-19. The 45-member group designed and published an eight-page newspaper, the Reporter. The newspaper includes stories about the Sioux Falls curfew, dress codes and a feature on a new greenhouse. There are also music and movie reviews, as well as high school and university faculty profiles.
High school teachers Deb Rothenberger from Brandon Valley and Richard Anderson from Yankton and Elizabeth Vogt from Riggs High School in Pierre instructed the newspaper students. Klock and Huron freelancer Doug Dreyer assisted with photography, and SDSU instructor Sherry Bordewyk and Ross Nelson from Brookings High School assisted with desktop publishing.
By the end of each week, the students' publications were finished and printed, so they could take copies home.
Aside from the obvious journalistic benefits, the workshops provide other opportunities.
"It's a great (event) for meeting new people," said Lillian Hellickson, coordinator of the institute and the SDHSPA.
Both workshops had Thursday afternoon awards luncheons to recognize outstanding participants.
The award winners from Vermillion are:
All-around journalists runners-up: Sarah Merrigan (newspaper).
All-around desktop designers: Lindsey Davies (newspaper).
2003 All-State Journalists (both weeks): Sarah Merrigan.
All-State Desktop Designers (both weeks): Lindsey Davies.