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Rock Canyon Grad returns to share insights, tips with journalism students

9NEWS Prep Sports Reporter Taylor Temby among presenters at Continental League Media Day

PARKER – Hundreds of journalism and multimedia students from the Douglas County School District had the opportunity to learn pointers from experts during the annual Continental League Media Day.

During the event held at the PACE Center in Parker, teens had the opportunity to choose from more than a dozen courses, focused on everything from storytelling to shooting video on the run. They even got the chance to hear from Rock Canyon High School alum Taylor Temby, who is now the prep sports reporter at 9NEWS.

“An event like this is incredible. Nothing like this existed when I was in high school,” said Temby. “It was great for me to see some of my high school teachers here, including [Rock Canyon Media Teacher Jim] McClurg and [former Rock Canyon journalism teacher Jack] Kennedy. It is people like that who are passionate about what they do and they inspire students to move into careers in the media.”

During Temby’s session she spoke to students about her process of news gathering, including what types of stories and characters are most visual and interesting. She also explained how the media industry is changing.

“They also have a lot of questions about where journalism is going,” Temby said. “Events like this are so important because [the students] can hear from people who are in the industry now. They can hear about the direction the media is moving and what they can do to prepare themselves.”

She encourages students to get as much experience in digital media as possible, because all journalists, even those in newspapers and magazines, are now integrating multimedia into their work.

“Getting hands on experience this early in their careers is only going to benefit them going forward,” Temby said.

She is impressed by the multimedia programs at DCSD, especially at her alma mater. Over more than a decade, the school now has a professional studio, complete with cameras, a news set, green screens and iMacs with editing software.

“I look at the equipment that Jim McClurg has put together at Rock Canyon, for instance. It is incredible,” Temby said. “I hope these kids know how fortunate they are.”

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While much of the focus of the Media Day was professionals sharing insight with students, Jessica Hunziker, the Castle View High School journalism adviser, says she hopes the day will empower the teenagers to lead the way with innovation.

“Kids are on the cutting edge of trends that not even the professional media has figured out yet,” Hunziker said.  “It is only natural when you look at this younger generation. So much of their lives are driven by digital things – their cellphone, laptop, iPads.”

Even with all of the changes, Temby says there is one thing in journalism that never changes – good storytelling.

“Storytelling is the same across the board. It is finding the right person, the right story and formulating it in a way that touches people,” Temby said.

For this reason, Temby believes the future is bright for these young journalists.

“When you look at these kids, you can tell that they are passionate about journalism and getting stories and telling people’s stories,” Temby said.

September 15, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.