On Jan. 20, reporter Leila Pitchford-English led an introduction to the media class at the Audubon Regional Library in Clinton. The class was sponsored by the library and the East Feliciana 4-H.

Attendees learned about how a newspaper is produced as well as how to submit information to the paper and other media outlets. Several puzzles and activities were used to introduce newspaper terms and the basics of what is needed in a news release so a reporter can write a story.

The class learned to remember to answer the 5W's and an H (who, what, when, where, why and how) when sending information to the media. Basic photography skills were also emphasized, with the class heading outside to take photos with cellphones to practice what was learned.

The class was also taught how journalism skills can be used in all area of their lives. 

All the attendees said they were surprised at how many products are produced by The Advocate.

Julia Brian, 19, who works at the library, said she didn't know much about newspapers before the session.

April Williams, of Clinton, and mother of several of the attendees, said she "learned about the specialized papers produced for specific areas of the state."

The beginning of the class talked about the three daily papers produced by The Advocate, as well as the numerous weeklies, which include The Watchman and The Democrat.  

Daughter Dulcia Williams, 8, of the Learning Center Academy, said she learned when taking photos, the photographer should take shots from different angles. The class also learned that the direction of light in the photo is important to taking a good photo.

Other siblings were Augusta Ceasar, 21, an education major at Southeastern Louisiana University, and Alden Ceasar, 20, a sophomore at LSU.

Augusta Ceasar said she learned "what goes into producing and publishing a newspaper," while Alden Ceasar, who works for the Reveille at LSU, said, "I learned about the work that goes into creating an ethical and quality newspaper."

Similar seminars can be held for schools, churches, clubs and other organizations. If you are interested in hosting a session, call (225) 388-0731 or email lenglish@theadvocate.com.