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2008.0927

More Passionate Young Students Begin Their Journey to Become Journalists

<p>By Jocy Su<br /> Campus Reporter</p> <p>Thirty-three National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) students went through their first day at the campus reporter boot camp, as senior journalist Catherine Lin (林意玲) guided them through the seven-hour seminar at Cheng 105 today.</p> <p>The boot camp activity was designed and organized by NTNU&rsquo;s Office of University Relations to develop and train potential student reporters, including those who will be reporting and Chinese and a separate group who will be reporting in English for NTNU&rsquo;s newsletter and web site.</p> <p>For the first day&rsquo;s warm-up, Lin, who is the editor-in-chief for Awakening Post and also an instructor at NTNU, introduced how a campus reporter would be like and what journalism was about, including details of how to make a decision on the angle of a news story and how to carry out the research or investigation prior to an interview.&nbsp; Lin encouraged students to regard themselves as well as the job as a campus reporter seriously.</p> <p>&quot;Once you become a campus reporter, you treat yourself as a reporter, not a student,&rdquo; Lin said.</p> <p>Office of University Relations staff member Vickie Lo (羅皓恩) said that the boot camp would help the office screen the most qualified and potential candidates for the vacancies as campus reporters more sufficiently.</p> <p>&quot;Being a campus reporter is not just about good writing skills.&nbsp; We also anchored the importance of how they would work as a team and shoot problems, whenever there is any,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>English major freshman Patty Wang (王沛彤) joined the boot camp in return of an opportunity to become an English campus reporter.&nbsp; She said that this boot camp activity would help her know better about journalism and would also help her eliminate wrong impressions about the business.</p> <p>&quot;I am looking forward to becoming a campus reporter,&rdquo; Wang said.</p>