Through Our Eyes
eight days this summer with notebooks and cameras in hand, 30 earnest
student journalists from Melrose Elementary and John Hopkins Middle School
explored the Midtown area of St. Petersburg.
The result is a 100-photo exhibit, Midtown Through Our Eyes, and a 24-page publication, Midtown Magazine. The photo exhibit will be on display Aug. 1-Sept. 12 at the Florida International Museum, 100 Second Street N, St. Petersburg. The magazine will debut at a special VIP reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the museum.
first-ever summer journalism camp was funded by the American Society of
Newspaper Editors and the Pinellas County School Board. The camp is an
outgrowth of a 2-year-old journalism program at Melrose Elementary that
brings every student at the school to a journalism class once a week.
The students produce a newspaper, the Manatee Messenger, three times a
year. This year, the Manatee Messenger was named the best elementary school
newspaper in the nation by Time for Kids/Time magazine.
Students used words like “radical,’’ “awesome,’’ “tiring!’’ “totally awesome,’’ and “off the chain’’ to describe their journalistic journey.
They also learned some real-life lessons. Joseph Horning, a summer camp photojournalist and Hopkins student, said he learned that “Midtown is actually really nice because some people say it’s really bad. But there are a lot of nice places and people.’’
student journalists, teachers and VIPS will be available during the Aug.
13 reception for interviews. If you have any questions, you can contact
Cynda Mort, journalism coordinator, at Melrose Elementary, 893-2175, ext.
3040, or Kathleen Tobin, journalism coordinator, at John Hopkins Middle