Principal’s Message: Guest Blogger Mrs. Jill Cavotta, Journalism Advisor

principal's  message logoHave you seen The Scarlet Scroll, Mater Dei’s student-produced online newspaper? Under the direction of Mrs. Jill Cavotta, The Scroll and the MD Journalism program have recently been overhauled in an effort to educate our students in the ways of 21st century journalism. We asked Mrs. Cavotta to share about recent changes to this program as well as an exciting partnership with the Los Angeles Times.

LA Times High School Insider:  Viewing High School Sports from the Student Perspective

What is the best way for my student reporters to learn the craft of journalism? Through real world experiences, they learn by reporting on what is happening around them and telling a story from their unique perspective. My staff of student reporters, who fill the online pages of the Scarlet Scroll with their stories, opinions and perspectives, were recently provided with an opportunity to take their reporting to the next level.

The LA Times is providing student journalists with a unique opportunity to tell their stories and build their writing and reporting skills. This week the Times launched High School Insider, a platform for high school students to cover their school’s sport programs. Mater Dei was invited to participate in the program and you can expect to see game coverage, videos, feature photos and profiles of both student athlete’s and coaches.

It’s an incredible opportunity for my students. Through this program, student work is edited by professional LA Times staff writers and copy editors. Few journalists can say they had content published with the LA Times, and for these hard working student journalists they can add this achievement to their college resumes and future portfolios.

You can open the pages or look online for traditional sports high school sports coverage, but what does is look like from the unique student lense? I invite you to look at the exciting and unique stories my students are contributing to High School Insider and The Scarlet Scroll.

Jill Cavotta, Journalism Advisor


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