Reporter speaks to Print & Broadcast Media Class

Andreea Pasare, Contributing Writer

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On Tuesday, May 9th, Chris Mays, reporter for the Brattleboro Reformer, came to Bellows Falls Union High School to talk to Mrs. Welles’ Print & Broadcast Media about what being a reporter is like and how he got started on this path. Mays told the class about what his favorite part of being a reporter is and what responsibilities he has. The class had a lot of questions to keep the discussion going and it was a really educational visit for everyone.

Mays told the class that when he started he only reported events from Brattleboro, but as he gained experience, he could report from small villages outside the town, like Dummerston, West Brattleboro and Guilford. His favorite part about being a reporter is that, for him, everyday is news and every day there’s something to write about. Mays got started on this path when he was a kid, as he read a lot of newspapers from his local community in New Jersey. He then followed this path and went to Burden Community College in New Jersey, and later Manhattan College in New York City. He sometimes works until really late in order to get the information he needs for the articles from events like town meetings or others.When asked who his role models are, he said that either Ernest Hemingway or his colleagues, whose articles he reads even though they don’t always interest him.

Overall, the visit went really well and it was really beneficial to give the class the opportunity to ask questions. Alex Stradling, executive producer at FACT TV, and Chris Mays, reporter at the Brattleboro Reformer, made the class better understand what it takes to be in the media industry, the many different paths they could take to get there, and the many different options they have for working in a media-related career. Their visits were greatly appreciated by the students who now have a better insight on the work behind the newspaper or the reportage they see everyday. For more information, you can contact the Brattleboro Reformer on their website www.reformer.com, under the Contact Us column.

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