By Sean Bradley
While out gathering quotes and photos for a story about the Newseum exhibit Today’s Front Pages, I took a few photos of schoolchildren and their teacher browsing the papers in the sixth-floor exhibit.
I asked the woman, who I found out teaches Spanish and drama at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, Md., for contact information for her and her students. Then she did something I didn’t expect.
Telling the students I was a reporter, the teacher told the students to gather round to speak with a “real-life reporter.”
One of the students asked me what it’s like to be a reporter.
“It’s stressful, time consuming and sometimes nerve-wracking but rewarding once you’re done with a story you’re really proud of,” I answered honestly.
I interviewed one of the students, sixth-grader Timothy Adams, 12, for my story.
Timothy, from Bowie, Md., seemed like a knowledgeable kid when it came to journalism.
“I watch MSNBC, CNN, ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews’ and ‘Morning Joe’ with Joe Scarborough,” he said. “I think it gives you half of what you really know.”
I asked him about how journalism is the “rough draft of history” and his thoughts on that.
I didn’t have any other conversations with other students but it was pretty neat to be asked questions about my career path.
My entire life, I’ve been the one to ask questions in school, but to be on the other side of that was pretty neat …. and embarrassing.