De La Salle Academy Students in NYC End Year on High Note

As NLP wrapped up its inaugural program at De La Salle Academy in Manhattan, the partnership was the subject of two recent news reports, reflecting the impact of the project there.

On July 6, NY1 broadcast a report on NLP’s semester-long 8th-grade journalism and news literacy class.

The class ended by unveiling a multimedia website created by the students under the guidance of seven NLP journalist fellows, NLP staff and De La Salle teacher Marie O’Shea. Where’s the Bookshelf? explores the impact of e-books on health, education and business.

The class approached the topic using a variety of platforms, including audio, video, photography and text. Students were responsible for the entire process — deciding on what stories to include; crafting interview questions; conducting interviews in person, via Skype and even through a mock press conference; gathering audio, video and photos; and contributing to post-production.

Brother Brian Carty, De La Salle’s president and principal, said that his students were "immersed in experiential learning at its very best" and that they discovered why news "matters so much."

In June, WFUV.com, the website of Fordham University radio station WFUV, posted an audio report produced by students working with the station’s news director, George Bodarky. The report looks at commuters’ changing reading habits in light of the growing popularity of e-books.

The ambitious project wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of George and the six other journalists who participated. Peggy Collins of Bloomberg News, Kristina Budelis of The New Yorker and Lam Thuy Vo of NPR’s "Planet Money" worked with students on their video reports; Jonathan Woods of Time helped them with photography; Neel Patel of The New Yorker taught the students how to work with Wordpress; and Melissa Maguire of NY1 helped keep the project on track and worked with the students on their script-writing and editing.

"The journalists who so generously shared their time and talents were truly an inspiration to our students," said Brother Brian. "Through the journalists’ example, the students learned they could, indeed, simultaneously pursue their passions and have a rewarding professional career."