Join journalism for the ‘write’ kind of fun

Spring 2015 Ka ‘Ohana staff (from left): Kainoa Makua, Patrick Hascall, Libby Young, Wayne Ricks, Jessica Crawford, Andrew Drake, Eric Levine, Madison Cole, Elizabeth Voltz, Tiffany Hayler and Jonathan Blais.

Spring 2015 Ka ‘Ohana staff (from left): Kainoa Makua, Patrick Hascall, Libby Young, Wayne Ricks, Jessica Crawford, Andrew Drake, Eric Levine, Madison Cole, Elizabeth Voltz, Tiffany Hayler and Jonathan Blais.

Ka ‘Ohana’s student newspaper staff members take their work, but not themselves, seriously.

That’s why they look a little goofy in this photo.

But after all, it is the end of the semester, and they’ve been busy the past few months bringing you the news.

In JOUR 250, Media Writing-WI, they’ve learned how to write and communicate more professionally in this multimedia age. Includes producing publishable work for print and Web as well as video.

They’ve also gone behind-the-scenes at a TV station and gotten advice from working reporters and public relations professionals.

In JOUR 285-WI, the newspaper lab that produces Ka ‘Ohana, they’ve learned to cover campus and community events, take engaging photos, design pages and work as a team to meet their deadlines.

For the fall semester, students can take a new course, JOUR 150, Media and Society, that will explore the impact of TV, social media, advertising, film, Web and print. This fulfills a DS (Diversification–Social Science) requirement.

“The journalism courses help us think about what’s happening in the world and how media coverage affects every aspect of our lives,” said Elizabeth Voltz.

“You learn to look at your own writing in a more professional way, which can help in any career field.”

Ka ‘Ohana has also received word that it has won another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The judges said, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, graphic designers and advisor.”