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