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This workshop’s in the newsroom

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:49 pm

By Jamie Jordan

Special to California Publisher

Those who say journalism is dead clearly have never heard of “newspapers2 in the newsroom,” workshops where co-founder and instructor Konnie Krislock (along with veteran Sacramento Bee journalists) teaches high school newspaper students and their advisers everything they need to know about the profession in just four days.

“Is it possible? Absolutely!” Krislock said of her task of helping her Northern California pupils completely revamp or even create a journalism program in less than 32 hours.

Students like Dominic Ricci, an editor for Jesuit High School’s newspaper, hope to improve their publications by attending the workshop held at The Sacramento Bee headquarters.

“I want the Jesuit newspaper to be more interesting to the students at the school by becoming more like a true newspaper,” Ricci said of his plans to make his school’s newspaper more professional.

Krislock made a point to remind the teenagers that they are “the sunshine committee,” and it is their job to shed light on what’s going on even if it makes them unpopular.

“I think a good reporter is a person who sits in a restaurant and listens to the conversation in the booth behind them,” said Krislock, who aimed for the attendees to become great reporters by the time they left July 12.

Jamie Jordan attends Vista del Lago High School in Folsom.