I recently returned from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., as a Kilgore Counselor. The position is named after Barney Kilgore, the famed editor of The Wall Street Journal, who was a DePauw alum who loved The DePauw. It was my second stint to the university this year. As a Kilgore Counselor, I worked with the student journalists, teaching them real-world journalism and helping them transform their newsroom into a digital-first operation.
We explored everything, from multiple storytelling and interactive tools to SEO and verification tips. We built trivia quizzes using PlayBuzz and polls using Twiigs. We built timelines using Dipity and TimelineJS and I showed them how to use Soundcite to add inline audio to their stories.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of these students. They came to our morning sessions after being up late working on the newspaper the night before. They were engaged and asked good questions. I’m anxious to see how they use the tools I taught them, and I’ve asked them to share their successes.
Here are a few of the content pieces they built:
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