01 Jun Some 2017-2018 journalism highlights at SCCC
My first year as a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College is in the books, and what a year it was. The support from faculty and staff throughout the college — especially the English Department, which the journalism program is housed under — was amazing. And the students were inspirational. Most worked at least one job to help get through school; some worked overnight and slept only a few hours before coming to an early-morning class.
One of the things of which I’m particularly proud is the Suffolk Sentinel, a student-run online news source that was the foundation of our Journalism Practicum course this spring. It’s the capstone course of the journalism program. Students in the class broke news throughout the semester, telling stories in text, audio with Instagram Stories for the Sentinel’s account. The students also handled Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In part because of the work she did with the Sentinel, our own Erika Peters won the Press Club of Long Island‘s 2018 College Scholarship — a first for a Suffolk student. She also won a New York Press Association-sponsored summer internship with the Times Review Media Group in Riverhead.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from 2017-2018: