REPORT: COUGAR FRIDAY

SGMS students pursue journalism, report on classmates
By: 
Joseph Bullington —
Monday, February 18, 2019

Photo by Kaylie Fleming

Sleeping Giant Middle School students, including sixth-grader Lily Minnick, far right, carry notebooks and cameras while on assignment during a journalism course with The Livingston Enterprise Friday. They were returning to the newspaper after reporting on a series of events at their school. To view their work, see Page 3.

Photo by Kaylie Fleming

Sleeping Giant Middle School students, including sixth-graders Lily Minnick, center, and Alivia Duffy, at right, carry notebooks and cameras while on assignment during a journalism course with The Livingston Enterprise, Friday.

Last week, as part of the Cougar Friday program, 11 Sleeping Giant Middle School students stopped by The Enterprise to learn about life and journalism at a community newspaper.

Little did they know, however, that this was no mere “learning opportunity” and that they would be put to work developing content for Monday’s paper.

After a brief tour of the press room — and rather than hang around the office to measure the increasing tempo of News Editor Dwight Harriman’s leg-tap as Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline bore down — it was time to hit the streets in search of stories.

Under the guidance of two Enterprise reporters and a photographer, the students headed first for the Park High School track to report on a cryptic Cougar Friday workshop called “broomball.” Upon arrival, the reporters-intraining rushed into action to learn about the game and conduct interviews with seldom seen enthusiasm — causing only minor chaos on the field in the process.

Next, the students seemed unanimously interested in reporting on a different Cougar Friday event — a workshop on baking desserts. And so they headed for a classroom in the middle school, chaperones in tow, in search of a scoop — or at least a spoonful of frosting.

Then it was time for the students to hustle back to The Enterprise office and get cranking on their stories. After all, they were told, they had a page to fill.

To read the students’ reporting, see photographs they took, and learn more about the Cougar Friday program, turn to Page 3 of today’s paper.