Once a month, hyperlocal and web journalist Brittany Wilson and I (Sarah Chain, books editor) will bring our mobile media van, the NewsVroom, to a branch of the York County libraries. We’ll present programs on anything from understanding social media to best blogging practices.
Our intention is to interact and connect with our community while also educating them about new tools and technology we use to uncover and share the news — and how these practices can benefit our readers as well.
This month, we kick off in Dover.
Brittany and I will be joined by business reporter Lauren Boyer at Dover Area Community Library on Jan. 16, meeting with a Girl Scout troop led by Jackie Smith. The Cadettes — girls in grades six through eight — will learn about the different tools a reporter might use on any given day: a smartphone to shoot photos or Tweet updates, an iPad to shoot video or take notes, or a trusty notepad and pen. We’ll also talk about the elements of a strong news story.
The girls will then have an opportunity to use their skills in reporting their own story. A bonus? Brittany’s 5-year-old beagle, Emma, will join us as our interview subject.
In February, we’ll head down to Paul Smith Library of Southern York County with social media coordinator Buffy Andrews for a session on social media — what the different platforms are (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and how they operate, how we use them here at the York Daily Record/Sunday News and how you can use them to share your information. Everyone from authors to grandparents to organization leaders is welcome — stay tuned for details.