ASHLAND — I will soon be connecting with one of the communities I cover in a new way.
I joined Ashland Source and Knox Pages in June through Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms across the country to help sustain local news and to report on under-covered issues and communities.
As a part of my work as a Report for America corps member, I will also be completing a service project to support youth media literacy and amplify youth voices in one of the communities I cover — Ashland County, specifically working with students attending one of the county’s public high schools.
I will be visiting Hillsdale High School’s yearbook class, taught by Kyle Wissel, once per week throughout the 2021-22 school year to discuss with the students reporting and editing skills they can use to document their year.
These skills will range from writing structure, style, photography, interviewing and more.
As the year progresses, I will also guide them in pursuing their own solutions journalism reporting project.
Solutions journalism is a key part of the work I do at Ashland Source, as well as Knox Pages. This reporting approach invites change in communities by focusing on a response to a problem, not only the problem.
Solutions stories also report evidence of results, include approaches and lessons others can learn from and cover the issues that may limit success.
For example, a recent solutions story of mine — 'Complacency kills:' farm injury, death prevention in north central Ohio — examines the issue of rising farm-related fatalities in Ohio, what is currently being done in the community to prevent them and what other communities, near and far, have done to address the same issue.
Hillsdale’s students began their school year on September 7, and I will begin joining them in the classroom this week.
If you are a part of Hillsdale Local Schools, I invite you to reach out with questions, ideas or simply to introduce yourself. You can reach me any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.