Journalism Skills Workshop

Journalism Skills Workshop

Coal Cracker, a Mahanoy City, PA-based youth-led newspaper will host a FREE journalism skills workshop on Saturday, January 24, from 12:30 – 3:00 pm at the Mahanoy City Public Library at 17-19 West Mahanoy Street.

Photo of Journalist Chris Mele a staff editor on the Metro Desk at The New York Times. He previously served as Executive Editor of the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, PA, leading that 25-person newsroom to dozens of journalism honors.

Chris Mele

The workshop is open to young people, of any school district, in grades 5 – 12. The day will feature two simultaneous tracks, grades 5-7 and 8-12, learning:

  • Photography with Nikki Stetson and Sandy Long
  • Basic News Writing with Chris Mele

Please pre-register by emailing info@coalcrackerkids.com or calling 570-647-6407.

“If you’re curious about getting involved with Coal Cracker, we invite you to attend,” says Coal Cracker Publisher Krista Gromalski. “Or, if you like to write or take pictures, this is a great way to learn more about it from professionals working in the field.”

Photo of photographer Nikki Stetson, well known for her inspiring images of local athletes in action at regional sporting events. Through her business, Nikki Stetson Photography, she also practices portraiture and lifestyle photography as well as senior portraits, pet and family photos. Visit www.NikkiStetson.com to view her work.

Nikki Stetson

Journalist Chris Mele is a staff editor on the Metro Desk at The New York Times. He previously served as Executive Editor of the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, PA, leading that newsroom to dozens of journalism honors.

Photographer Nikki Stetson is well known for her inspiring images of local athletes in action at regional sporting events. Through her business, Nikki Stetson Photography, she also practices portraiture and lifestyle photography as well as senior portraits, pet and family photos.

Sandy Long, Co-Founder of Heron’s Eye Communications, is an award-winning writer, columnist and photographer. Her personal vision is influenced by her interaction with the natural world. In September 2014, she was selected as the first Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah National Park.

Photo of Sandy Long, Heron's Eye Co-Founder, by Krista Gromalski.

Sandy Long

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About Coal Cracker:

Coal Cracker is a project of Heron’s Eye Communications, a publishing, marketing and project management firm with offices in Schuylkill and Pike counties. Participation is free and open to young people ages 10-18. No prior journalism experience is required. Meeting space is courtesy of the Mahanoy City Public Library and some funding is provided by the non-profit news support organization, the Community Reporting Alliance.

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