Saturday, December 3, 2011

Students Tour KSBW-TV, Monterey County Herald

The third session in this year's MoCoYoJo program featured a tour of KSBW television's headquarters in Salinas.  Students were hosted by the station's news director Lawton Dodd, along with weekend anchor Jacqueline Mazur (who attended PG High) and meteorologist Carl Thormeyer.

Students weigh anchor at KSBW's studio.
From left: Ayanna Casion, Brooke Broffard,
Rachel Davison and Dina Zawadzki.
 The students got a close-up look at the studios, control room, newsroom and other facilities, including one of the station's three mobile transmission units.

Dodd's advice to aspiring reporters was to get a good, well-rounded education, and learn the basics of journalism, before focusing too intently on the mechanics of media.

The second session, Nov. 19, focused on basic skills of journalism. Students also discussed assignments for upcoming stories they will write for The Herald.  The opening session, Nov. 12, was held at The Herald's headquarters at Ryan Ranch, where students learned the steps in producing the paper -- from the newsroom, to the pressroom and out to the delivery trucks.

The program is open to all Monterey County high school students, and those interested are still encouraged to sign up.

MoCoYoJo is conducted by Peter Funt, and sponsored by Lyceum along with local media. Sessions include tours of The Herald newspaper, KSBW television, KAZU radio, and the Monterey County Weekly newspaper.

Again this year, students will be given the opportunity to write news stories, the best of which will be published in The Herald and broadcast on local radio.

Joe Livernois, far right, The Herald's executive editor, chats with
MoCoYoJo students during a snack break in the newsroom Nov. 12.
Students already enrolled in this year's program come from Marina High, PG High, Santa Catalina, RLS, Monterey High, Salinas High, North Salinas High and Ocean Grove charter school.

For more information, contact Lyceum's Joyce Breckenridge (831-372-6098) or Peter Funt (email:

Below is some of the best work from the program's first year.