Hercules: A talk with high school journalism students

Students attending my journalism discussion at Hercules High

Last week I spent an enjoyable hour talking with several Hercules High School students about online journalism — something I pitch in on every day at the newsroom, but still find plenty to learn about.

Natalie Wojinski and Steve O'DonoghueIt wouldn’t have happened without Jon Becker, the Times’ online editorial director and an occasional school speaker himself, mentioning that Steve O’Donoghue, director of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative, was looking for a speaker.

I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk a little about the paper’s journalism efforts, and to hear what students are doing with the new tools at their disposal.

I followed directions that Hercules High journalism teacher Natalie Wojinski was kind enough to provide, and arrived on campus just before 4 p.m.

I asked folks who follow me on Twitter and Facebook: “What one thing should I tell students?”

The Facebook responses ran the gamut from cynicism borne of bitter experience to hard-won optimism. And the Twitter answers? Oh, about the same:

if ur looking for fame and $ this aint.the place. RT @allaboutgeorge: Heading to Hercules High this afternoon to (cont) http://tl.gd/9mt57aless than a minute ago via TweetCaster Favorite Retweet Reply

@shellymeron @allaboutgeorge Make sure you get it right, dont worry about being first, just get the facts right.less than a minute ago via TweetCaster Favorite Retweet Reply

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