Kirksville Elementary School’s annual career day Thursday featured presentations from a variety of professions, from law enforcement to fitness/martial arts instructors, pilots, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, kitchen managers and a bee keeper. However, students who signed up for the Richmond Register sessions were tasked with providing news coverage of career day to gain hands-on experience in journalism.
Students first reviewed a “Kirksville News” mock newspaper featuring a story and pictures of a Kirksville Elementary event that published in a November issue of the Register. Students talked about the foundations of a news story, common newspaper terms and specific qualifications and education needed to become a journalist.
One photographer was chosen in each group and given a crash course on how to use a digital single-lens reflex camera, as well as tips on how to capture interesting angles and candid shots.
One notetaker was chosen in each group and was required to interview the presenters to record their name, title and affiliation. The rest of the young reporters listened to the presentation and when the group reconvened in the “newsroom,” each student came up with observations that could be included in the story.
Students voted to report on the Richmond Fire Department, Excel Gymnastics and Elite Martial Arts and Fitness.
Richmond firefighters do more than fight fires
By Calyn Baker, Emma Farthing, Jacob King, Nichole Theetge, Chloe Webb, Destiny White
Kirksville fourth- and fifth-graders
A firefighter’s job is much more than just fighting fires, said Jay Daugherty and Brian Richmond of the Richmond Fire Department.
While their profession can be dangerous, firefighters also get to help the public and do a variety of jobs, Daugherty said.
Both firefighters said they found their job very “enjoyable.”
Daugherty recalled his first fire run occurred at 3 a.m. While there was not a lot of smoke, he remembered flames shooting up 30 to 40 feet in the air around the house, he said.