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More Media News — From St. Mike's 

Published December 21, 2008 at 6:27 a.m.

In an attempt to give students a taste of what it's really like in a newsroom, journalism professors at St. Michael's College in Colchester are trying a new, unprecedented teaching technique — they're laying off their students. This year the kids are getting pink slips instead of report cards.

Ha! Kidding. 

The profs are making a change, though, according to What's Good blogger Tyler Machado, a junior at St. Mike's who's studying journalism.

St. Michael's College is served by a pair of student news publications: The Defender, a traditional print newspaper, and The Echo,an online magazine (for which I served as tech editor this pastsemester).... This is about to change, though, as thespring 2009 semester will see The Defender and The Echo produced by onemerged staff...

Themove is largely designed to provide journalism majors with the widerange of media experience they need to graduate into today's journalismworld. No longer is it good enough for a reporter to know how to takegood notes and write a print story on deadline. The trend now is for"backpack reporters" — journalists who can write, record audio, takepictures and video, and craft a full media package for a story for aprint setting and for the Web. 

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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