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By Michael Moon Adviser
I heard about Osama bin Laden's death in roughly the same way that I heard about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. -- through social media.
By Michael Moon Adviser One of the biggest challenges for a young journalist, I believe, is to teach oneself the art of finding news. It's all around us, but far too often as an adviser, I hear students say things like "there's nothing going on" or "there's nothing to write about." I'm a former journalist myself, and I remember my first week in a newsroom at a community paper. Our town had more than one stoplight (but not much more), and while some communities are referred to as "one-horse towns," at least our horses had company (though not too much). The point is, I remember the days of sitting at my desk and thinking the same thing my students think today: "There's nothing going on." And yet, news really is all around us. It was for me way back then (almost five years ago now), and it is for students at Kinston High.
... The worst part is that a pay-to-play policy isn't even paying lip-service to any idea that it's for the well-being of the kids. It's a discussion driven purely by economics, and we can't afford as a society to tax our students for the right to participate in something that for many can be a ticket to college. ...