2017-02-11 / The Bullhorn

Senator Woodard holds press conference at RCS

By Delaney Sullivan
Bullhorn Editor

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Sen. Mike Woodard (D, NC) held a mock press conference with the RCS communications class.

The press conference, held in the school’s multipurpose room, gave the RCS journalists real world experience.

The press conference topic was a Durham County bill that dealt with gun ownership. After giving a brief speech, Woodard allowed the students to ask him questions in the fashion of a true press conference.

Shelly Harris, RCS civics teacher, took her class to the press conference. She said she and the students enjoyed the experience, and learned a great deal from watching the mock press conference and talking with Woodard afterward.

Junior Madison Fuller, Bullhorn journalist, said, “The mock press conference undoubtedly gave everyone in the class a taste of what being a ‘real’ journalist is like. I’m very appreciative that Senator Woodard took time out of his day to do it for us; I’ll always remember the experience.”

Grace Hardy, another junior member of the Bullhorn team, said, “Being able to attend this mock press conference was an amazing opportunity. I believe we all got to feel how intense and stressful reporting actually is. I definitely appreciate Senator Woodard coming out to speak with us and teach us through this real world experience.”

When the mock press conference was over, Woodard sat down to discuss what makes a story in the political press.

Communications instructor Phyliss Boatwright said she was grateful to Woodard for taking the time out of his schedule to give her students real-world experience.

“This is the second time Senator Woodard has visited my class and held a mock press conference,” said Boatwright. “Each time, students came away with valuable lessons that will serve them well as they continue to cover all the news that is happening around our school and community.”

Woodard invited the communications class to visit him at the General Assembly in Raleigh, so that the students can see how professional journalists cover state lawmakers.

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