High schoolers visit Murray Bridge News for careers immersion week
A group of year 10 creative arts students from Murray Bridge High School have got to peek behind the scenes and learn how the news media works.
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What’s it like to work in the media?
A group of year 10 students from Murray Bridge High School found out late last month when they visited Murray Bridge News for careers immersion week.
Ten creative arts students took turns at the headline-based card game Man Bites Dog, which introduced them to the idea of news values and how journalists choose which stories to cover.
Students suggested that the best news stories were local, important to a wide range of people and gave people information they needed.
They asked questions about fake news, freedom of the press and the benefits of digital publishing – which they said was “much more accessible” to young people – versus print.
Each of them took a Murray Bridge News pen with them.
It was the first time the school had held a careers week for year 10 students.
Through a combination of school visits and 68 excursions, each student got to visit or make contact with an industry of their choice to help them began making decisions about their pathway through years 11 and 12 and beyond.
In the school’s newsletter, VET leader Mel Bennett said all students had been actively involved and had asked meaningful questions of the employers they met, and that community feedback had been positive.
Principal Ruth Mussger thanked the employers, organisations and community members who had shared their experiences.
Disclosure: The author, a sucker for baked goods, was gifted a sugar cookie baked by the school’s year 12 community connections students.