The tour was organized by GT Academy Director Brownyn Vaughn and fourth grade teacher Kathy Stokes as part of a class project where students will design and publish their own newspaper. The field trip helped students better understand the details and effort required for newspaper production.
Not only did the students learn the roles and responsibilities of each news department, they also received hands on experience when Sports Editor Travis Detheradge allowed students to take photos with a professional camera. Detheradge, along with Terrell Tribune Publisher Mike Elswick and Graphic Designer Patrick Brown, graciously fielded questions from the students, who were busy jotting down notes and ideas. Students walked away from the experience with new revelations about the newspaper business.
“I learned so much. I didn’t know that the newspaper listens to the police scanners to get first-hands news,” noted GT student Denise Landa.
Fellow classmate Evelyn Aviles shared her favorite part of the trip. “I learned that the Tribune keeps old copies of the paper in a place called the morgue. We got to see it!”
The GT students were inspired by their trip to the Terrell Tribune and are excited to begin production of their own newspaper. TISD would like to thank Mike Elswick and his team for providing our students with a memorable and unique learning experience.