ROCKINGHAM — School-age children learned how Richmond County journalists gather information and produce each edition of the Daily Journal during a pair of Monday tours at the newspaper office.
Alcohol and Drug Services brought students in the ADS summer day camp to the Daily Journal to learn more about the newspaper. Children ages 12-15 toured the 105 E. Washington St. building at 9:15 and kids ages 5-10 followed at 10:30 a.m.
ADS campers got an inside look at the newsroom, where reporters work to get the latest Richmond County news in print and online at YourDailyJournal.com. Students learned about the interview process, digital photography, writing, editing, layout and proofreading.
Daily Journal staffers write news stories and take photographs, which are then edited, posted to the newspaper’s website and sent to page designers at a Civitas Media regional design hub in Lumberton.
The paper is printed in Lumberton and delivery drivers bring bundled copies back to Rockingham, where advertising inserts are placed inside. Carriers then deliver the paper to subscribers’ homes and fill Daily Journal news racks throughout Richmond County.
Many children said their parents receive home delivery of the newspaper, and one girl said her family dog often shreds the paper with its paws and teeth before her mother has the chance to finish reading it. For families with destructive dogs or anyone who wants to read the latest Richmond County news, YourDailyJournal.com is accessible for free online.
Students learned that the Daily Journal is more than a Tuesday through Saturday newspaper — it’s also a 24-hour news organization that posts developing stories on YourDailyJournal.com and shares breaking news and interesting local information on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.
The summer day camp is run by ADS, a nonprofit human services organization that seeks to treat and prevent substance abuse. Campers tour local businesses, write about their experiences in journals and create arts and crafts during the program.