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Hardeeville Journalism campers learn to be reporters.

  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Allie (left) and Holly (right) holding up their hand-drawn newspapers detailing their crime scene reports.
  • Becky Dalsanto/City of Hardeeville - Jasper County Sun Times reporter, Liz Bloom, talks to campers about reporting.
  • Becky Dalsanto/City of Hardeeville - Campers practice their filming and videography skills with Juan Singleton, the city’s media director.

During the summer, Hardeeville’s Parks and Recreation Department has hosted themed camps for kids. Last week was journalism camp.

The campers talked about the experience working in front of a green screen, editing interview film, interviewing, and writing.

On Monday, the campers visited the city’s media director Juan Singleton, who formerly worked in TV reporting. The campers interviewed Hardeeville’s Becky DalSanto and practiced putting together an on-camera news take in front of the green screen. The campers then worked with Benjamin Smergila, Hardeeville’s media technician, editing their segments.

“We talked about Becky, the interviews we did,” said camper Allie Snowden. “We used a green screen and each got to pick our backgrounds.”

Moody picked a galaxy background and Snowden opted for a more traditional newsroom.

After practicing their on-screen skills, the campers got behind the camera and worked on videography.

“We went to the room where Juan (Singleton) does his reports and they had us (record) and stop in-between when he speaks,” said camper Holly Moody.

After working on TV-journalism, Jasper County Sun Times reporter Liz Bloom talked with campers about print journalism. The campers conducted another mock interview with DalSanto.

The campers then came up with interview questions they asked each other and collaborated to write a recap of their weekly camp.

As the week continued, the group transitioned to learning about traditional print journalism. They started with a newspaper scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the layout, organization, and content of newspapers — finding things like the date, volume, price, pet of the week and the comics.

Both girls then practiced writing a crime beat, having to report on a mock robbery.

“We had to write a story (on the robbery),” said Moody. “All of us thought that SpongeBob did it, but we don’t know for sure yet.”

After days of practicing and honing their journalism skills, Moody and Snowden agreed that they liked TV journalism best.

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