More than 140 students from across Long Island interested in a journalism career were on campus today for Hofstra’s annual High School Press Day. The popular event brings top professionals in online, print and broadcast media together to discuss how they do their jobs in a rapidly evolving industry.
This year’s keynote speaker was Katie Nolan, co-host of the national cable show “Crowd Goes Wild” and a 2009 graduate of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. She gave a humorous and inspirational talk about how a series of YouTube videos she created and produced eventually led to being noticed by Fox executives. “Crowd Goes Wild” airs daily on the recently launched national channel Fox Sports 1 and co-stars longtime broadcaster Regis Philbin.
The day also included a panel on ethics in journalism featuring Associated Press photojournalist Richard Drew, known for the iconic “Falling Man” image taken during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as sessions on social media reporting, graphic design, photojournalism, sports journalism and investigative journalism.
“It was a really great day. Katie Nolan in particular was really relatable,” said Kate O’Sullivan, a junior at Babylon High School, where she works as an editor on the school’s virtual newspaper, panthertales.org. Inspired by Nolan’s success, she and her classmates plan to create a weekly segment on YouTube that can be used on their online site. They also attended the social media workshop, led by blogger and 2009 alumna Delia Paunescu of New York magazine, who stressed the importance of fact-checking stories especially on a medium like the Internet. “We learned a lot and have a lot of new ideas that we want to try at our school paper,” said O’Sullivan.
Other journalists and experts who were panelists and workshop leaders during Press Day were:
- Ann Givens, investigative producer, NBC New York
- Kelly Fincham, assistant professor, Dept. of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University
- Molly Gordy, freelance journalist, formerly of Newsday and The Salvation Army
- John Jeansonne, sportwriter, Newsday
- Daniel van Benthuysen, assistant professor, Dept. of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University
Pictured above: Katie Nolan (center, front) poses with Press Day participants.