WEST ORANGE, NJ - Half a dozen students at Edison Middle School have just completed participation in the winter Write on Sports (WoS) After School Program, a tuition free non-profit program that receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. Founded in West Orange 10 years ago by former AP News Bureau Chief Byron Yake, the program is geared for middle school youths in sixth, seventh or eighth grades to learn the basic elements of good journalism and then apply their knowledge by writing sport stories and a feature piece.
Led by Business Education and longtime WoS teacher, Kathy Jackson, the students accomplished the goals set at the beginning of the program, creating and producing a video project. Each student was tasked with conceptualizing a sports-related story for their video. Once their ideas were narrowed down, they worked on interview techniques, basic researching and video editing to achieve their final result. While the video was an individual assignment, the students worked together as they produced each video. They often appeared in each other’s videos, helped finalize their script questions and assisted with editing choices. At the end of the program, each student got a copy of their video to share with their family and friends.
This is the fourth year Edison Middle School has hosted a Write on Sports After School Program. WoS is gearing up for the 2015 Summer Camp season, applications will be available in March. The Summer Camp program is open to current sixth and seventh graders in The Oranges, Hawthorne, Clifton and Newark school districts. For more information email Shannon Schmitt at Shannon@writeonsports.org.