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Loyola Marymount University and Weingart Foundation Grant Turns Students into Budding Journalists

  • Students in Mountain View School District’s After School Journalism Class for English Learners share their articles at the program’s “Ice Cream for Journalism” celebration.
  • A student journalist enjoys reading his published article in the Mountain View Voices newspaper. The paper was the culminating product of a journalism program funded by the Weingart Foundation and Loyola Marymount University.

By Michele Earle

El Monte –

Thanks to a generous grant from the Weingart Foundation and the guidance of Loyola Marymount University School of Education Center for Equity for English Learners, over 70 Mountain View School District students were introduced to the wonderful world of journalism through the After School Journalism Class for English Learners.

The journalism class was a project-based differentiated English Language Development (ELD) Intervention Program, and used highly engaging journalistic writing as it targeted listening, speaking, reading and writing development in the context of a real-world application.  Students researched and interviewed professionals in various careers while learning about the language features of journalism as an expository genre.  The lessons included field trips to conduct interviews and research to places such as Centennial Farms in Orange County, Edwards Theater in El Monte, Citrus College, Monrovia Canyon Park and the El Monte Historical Museum.  A home/school connection was also part of the class which involved families in the journalism projects.

To honor the efforts and expertise of the student journalists from Maxson, Miramonte, Parkview, Payne and Voorhis Schools, as well as the class instructors, a special “Ice Cream for Journalism” celebration was held at Payne School.  The celebration included the unveiling of the group’s published newspaper, “Mountain View Voices” and student journalists read a few of their published articles, were presented with certificates and enjoyed rootbeer floats with their proud families.

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