One of my Media Hub students was on a school-sponsored networking trip to D.C., and the group visited a U.S. House member’s office where a UNC grad was working as an aide. The aide was an alum of both my Media Hub class.
(Media Hub is a capstone course for seniors and grad students, and our goal is to create such remarkable journalism that news organizations will publish it. To do that we operate as closely to a newsroom as possible, which is to say, not all that close. But because I know what editors and news directors look for, I set a high standard for our stories.)
When the House aide learned that my student was in Media Hub, she groaned and asked, “How many times did he make you rewrite?”
When I heard that, I beamed with pride. Damn skippy, I make them rewrite. Rewriting is learning. This is real life. And we’ve had some success.