Echo has a journalism camp each summer for young journalists, and part of that experience includes inviting journalists to share their experiences and asking the campers to contribute to a story about the visit.
Junior journalists Grace Alverson, Henry Alverson, Sutton Azkermann, Trey Benton, Laily Charlot, Lexi Drissell, Phoebe Dunn, Isabel Harouff, Mia Harouff, Emily Idol, Nora Krause, Connor Ledbetter, Isla Madison, Luke McIlahney, Matthew Meyer, Alex Stohldrier, Matthew Stohldrier, Kate Stokke, Nathan Teague and Corinn Tucker with assistance from Sean Mullins, Maeve Taylor, Trinity Madison, Sophia DeWald and Keillyn Johnson
Caroline Fellows, sophomore at the Mizzou School of Journalism and ECHO alumna, visited the ECHO camp to present about her freshman year of college and give advice about surviving journalism school.
Fellows began her journalism career on the ECHO, and she was the Editor-in-Chief during her senior year. She won awards for her entertainment reviews, and other articles, as well as her photo of the eclipse in August 2017.
According to Fellows, Mizzou’s journalism classes are more difficult than her work on the ECHO.
Fellows shared that student journalists need passion to advance in journalism, stating that teachers “weed out the weak” during the first year. She plans to take a news writing course in the fall semester, which she said is one of Mizzou’s hardest courses.
Fellows believes that journalism is changing, as print media becomes less common and other venues become easier to explore. She plans to take a “non-traditional journalism career path,” which means she’s interested in careers that aren’t broadcast media. Her dream jobs include sales and marketing for Disney, arts management and administration for a theater company, or a publicist.
Despite the challenges of Mizzou, Fellows encouraged ECHO campers to pursue journalism because it teaches valuable skills that extend outside the newsroom.