A typical day @newsroomBTB

Elijah Akhtarzad of the Harvard-Westlake school in Los Angeles steps up to an impromptu poetry slam during our Summer 2014 session.

Elijah Akhtarzad of the Harvard-Westlake school in Los Angeles steps up to an impromptu poetry slam during our Summer 2014 session.

What does a typical day at NBTB look like? The answer is journalism classes in the morning, student-directed production in the afternoons, and guest speakers that help us put it all together in the evenings.

Here’s how it usually breaks down …

7:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast at our Stanford dining hall on campus

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Newswriting basics (Year 1) or tablet publishing (Year 2)

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch break

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Check-in and planning time with team leaders

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  — Team lab time

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m — Downtime

5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. — Dinner (and ice cream!)

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Guest speakers

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Team time; jazz concert or baseball game; downtime with your roommates

11 p.m. — Lights out/bed check for residential students

Our evening guest speaker series features professional journalists and news entrepreneurs who have a front row seat on how journalism is evolving. Topics include the power of story and emerging multimedia platforms; student press law and the Web; libel, privacy and photo ethics; and how to create and maintain a digital footprint. In past years, guest speakers have included Angilee Shah, social media manager for Public Radio International, and Adam Johnson, who won the Pulitzer prize in fiction for his novel of North Korea, “The Orphan Master’s Son.”

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