Teachers reflect on time at Ernie Pyle Hall

It’s the end of the line for Ernie Pyle Hall. At least as a classroom building.

On July 25, the Media School will move out of Ernie Pyle Hall, marking an end to the building responsible for teaching a long line of journalism students. After renovations it will house a career center.

The building has a long line of history, and the closing of it is bittersweet for many teachers at the High School Journalism Institute who have attended classes and taught there.


When did you first come to Ernie Pyle Hall?

“I was a student here from 1981 until 1986.”

What is one of your favorite memories of the building?

“I remember one of the first years I was teaching at HSJI it was about 1989. I had to do a big lecture in the auditorium. I knew had to get people’s attention, and my lecture was talking …
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Students learn to resolve conflicts

Students attend the conflict resolution break-out session to learn how to deal with issues that may arise on their staffs.

According to Diana Hadley, communication is key when resolving conflict.

On July 13, students attending the High School Journalism Institute attended break-out sessions to further expand upon their skills on newspaper staff. Among these sessions ranging from story ideas to editor roundtable was conflict resolution. Lead by Diana Hadley, students attendees learned to address and resolve conflicts that may come up on their newspaper staffs.

(left to right) Clark and Diana Hadley begin an exercise in which verbal communication is not allowed.

To begin, Hadley and her husband, Clark, performed an exercise in which there could only be non-verbal communication. In the exercise Hadley had to follow her husband’s lead who represented an editor in a leadership position. Hadley said …
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Johnson speaks about the delicate balance between content and design

Producing a paper with an appealing design while maintaining strong content can be quite the balancing act.

On July 13, Johnson spoke to students attending the High School Journalism Institute about content and design, saying a newspaper can not be strong with one but not the other. In his presentation he divulged tips to elevate the content and design of newspapers, magazines and yearbooks.


Working as Director of Student Media at Indiana University, Johnson has gained experience overseeing the design process that goes into a student produced newspaper and magazine. In the past Johnson taught at Kansas State University and worked to produce the Kansas State Collegian daily newspaper.


Throughout his presentation, Johnson defined five main talking points: content and concept, storytelling, visuals, packaging and white space.  He emphasized communication between …
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Cultural experiences influence individual's world perspective

Emily Johnson’s travels up north are shaping her views of the world.

Junior Emily Johnson embraces Canadian culture during annual trips to Manitoulin Island.

The United States has earned its name as the Melting Pot. Its blend of cultures, races, and religion set the country apart from the rest of the world, but diversity doesn’t only take the form of non-white, non-Christian, and non-male citizens. Sometimes an individual’s experiences and background can be just as impactful.

Emily Johnson, 16, grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending Northrop High School. In the broad spectrum of things, her life as a caucasian female living in the midwest may not contribute much to the Melting Pot, but beyond the city limits of Fort Wayne, Johnson’s roots trace back to Manitoulin Island, Canada.

Growing up, Johnson took annual trips to her grandmother’s house in Canada. These trips …
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