May 03, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Tanner Tait of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and Claudia Larsen of Bethel, Conn. recently attended the Eleventh Annual Student Newspaper Editors Workshop, held at the offices of the New York Times.
Mount Saint Mary College students Tanner Tait of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and Claudia Larsen of Bethel, Conn., Communication-Journalism majors, recently sharpened their editing skills at the Eleventh Annual Student Newspaper Editors Workshop, held at the offices of the New York Times in New York City.
Tait and Larsen, reporters and co-editors of the Mount Saint Mary College student newspaper, worked directly with New York Times editors and reporters to explore the role of a newspaper in contemporary society, develop their journalistic skills, and strengthen their editing processes.
“Our trip to the New York Times taught me a lot regarding ethics, editing, and journalism…but my deepest reflections came from working with our fellow student editors under the leadership of [New York Times] Senior Editor Mark Bulik,” explained Tait.
During an exercise where Bulik asked the students to edit an article according to Associated Press style, Tait made all the necessary “small-picture” changes, he explained. But the exercise also showed him the importance of the “big-picture” of a news piece, such as organization and flow.
“Being part of that group…taught me to think with both sides of my brain, big-picture and small-picture, which is crucial when analyzing and synthesizing information as a journalist,” he said.
The experience made Larsen a better editor, she noted.
“Having the opportunity to listen to the experiences of professional journalists from such a successful outlet was something that was very eye-opening to both Tanner and I,” she explained. “We spoke not just about editing, but about evolving our papers.”