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Mitchell student travels to NYC for weeklong seminar

After spending a week in New York City, Dillon Adams now has an idea of what he might want to be when he grows up -- a journalist. Adams, a soon-to-be senior at the Mitchell High School, attended a weeklong seminar in digital media and journalism...

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Dillon Adams attended a week long seminar in New York City where he learned about digital media, film and journalism. Adams, 17, will be a senior at Mitchell High School this year. Photo courtesy of Vicki Adams

After spending a week in New York City, Dillon Adams now has an idea of what he might want to be when he grows up - a journalist.

Adams, a soon-to-be senior at the Mitchell High School, attended a weeklong seminar in digital media and journalism July 16-22 in New York City.

He received an invitation in the mail for the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Digital Media, Film & Journalism.

Adams is not sure how or why he was invited to the seminar, but he thought it sounded fun and he was interested in going. After asking his parents for permission, the 17-year-old flew to New York City for a week he won't forget.

During the program, Adams was able to meet professionals in broadcast, video digital production, journalism and film. Students worked with the New York Film Academy, where they were able to create a broadcast news segment or shoot a short film. Adams chose the broadcast track and learned all of the steps for creating a news package.

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"I figured out this is something I want to do and something I want to study in college and kind of an 'aha moment,' I guess," Adams said.

At one point all of the students were split into groups, and they worked on real-world journalism skills. Adams' team created a website and each team member was assigned a job. His role was a reporter, and he wrote all of his own articles, specifically about the music industry and its impact on the New York City culture.

"That was really fun, because you are making your articles and you have to find some interviews," Adams said. "We went to Time Square one of the nights and I was in charge of finding people to interview."

While there, Adams also had the opportunity to see different aspects of New York City, including Wall Street, Times Square and the Rockefeller Center.

Adams said he still hasn't chosen a college or a major yet, but the New York trip has given him some insight at what he might like to do as graduation nears.

Dillon Adams (far right) attended a week long seminar in New York City where he learned about digital media, film and journalism. Adams, 17, will be a senior at Mitchell High School this year. Photo courtesy of Vicki Adams
Dillon Adams (far right) attended a week long seminar in New York City where he learned about digital media, film and journalism. Adams, 17, will be a senior at Mitchell High School this year. Photo courtesy of Vicki Adams

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