Tyler, Texas (KETK) — John Tyler High School journalism, photojournalism and sociology students recently visited the Dallas Morning News (DMN)office and the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas. The group of 40 students spent the day learning from top professionals in the journalism industry, as well as viewing important artifacts from our nation’s history.
The journalism students, who also make up the Lion’s Tale campus newspaper staff,began the day participating inthe paper’s “Page One” meetingand learning how section editors plan and prepare for the next day’s issue. The photojournalism studentswatched a special photography presentation by DMNDeputy Photo Editor Irwin Thomas, whose team earned a Pulitzer-Prize in 2006 for Breaking News Photography of Hurricane Katrina. Students were able to see and touch the actual Pulitzer Prize award.
“The Dallas Morning News editors, reporters, columnists and photographers opened their doors, transporting our students to a place where they could imagine themselves as future Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, writers and editors changing the world with the power of the pen and the camera,” stated Quantalane Henry, John Tyler Journalism and Sociology Teacher.
The group also heard presentations from Steve Blow, columnist and John Tyler graduate as well as the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.
The day ended with a special tour of the Sixth Floor Museum, where students learned about the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and viewed an Associated Press photography exhibit.