Ever wonder what it’s like to be a reporter? Curious about how a newspaper gets made?
The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Marco 2018 class discovered the answers to these questions, and many more on Media Day. The class spent a busy day learning about local media outlets in Naples, Fort Myers and here on Marco Island.
The group finished the day with Coastal Breeze News where they got a glimpse behind the scenes. Publisher Val Simon began the presentation with an overview of the independently owned community newspaper.
Author, actor and marketing guru Randall Kenneth Jones held an entertaining, yet informative, mock press conference. Jones presented the group with a fictitious, and dramatic, account of a ten-year-old Tommie Barfield student who hacked the City of Marco Island computer system. Leadership students became reporters, and were encouraged to ask Jones the questions that would lead to a great story.
Following the press conference, Production Manager Don Haberkorn gave an informative lesson in production and layout, then tasked the class with designing their own front page. The class was divided into teams and provided a selection of news stories and photographs to choose from. Foam board, markers, scissors and a glue stick brought their attention-grabbing front page creations to life.
The interactive press conference and creative front page exercise was designed to give the Leadership Marco students a taste of what the Coastal Breeze News team does to bring readers the news. From covering local news stories to designing the pages of the paper, this hands-on experience was a fun way to show the class the workings of a local community newspaper.
The Leadership Marco Class of 2018 will continue to meet over the next few months, and will be recognized at a graduation ceremony in January 2019.