Local students gained real-world experience in the day in the life of a journalist, and prevention advocates.
And 17’s Kevin Charette was there to help give them a jump start; speaking to students about advocating for his non-profit “Thumbs Up, Cancer Down,” and how he got started in journalism.
The ‘Mock News Conference’ was put on by the Kern County Great American Smokeout at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame. Middle and high school students were given tips on how to write an effective news story, while highlighting the dangers of smoking.
“Promote tobacco prevention in Kern County and throughout the city and just really strive to teach teenagers to live a healthy life,” said Isaak Nsuangani, the Chair of Students Working Against Tobacco and an intern with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
At the end of the conference, students were given the job to write and produce a news story or video public service announcement related to what they learned throughout the day.