John Tyler students take learning to Dallas

John Tyler High School students stand in front of the Dallas Morning News office during a recent visit. The students, who came from journalism, photojournalism and sociology classes, also visited The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Courtesy

A group of 40 John Tyler High School students learnED about history and journalism during a recent trip to Dallas.

The students, who represented journalism, photojournalism and sociology classes, visited the Dallas Morning News office and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, according to a Tyler ISD news release.

They heard from top journalists and viewed important historical artifacts from the nation's history, according to the news release.

The journalism students, who also serve as the Lion's Tale campus newspaper staff, participated in the paper's "Page One" meeting and learned about how section editors plan and prepare for the next day's issue.

The photojournalism students watched a presentation by Dallas Morning News Deputy Photo Editor Irwin Thompson, whose team earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for Breaking News Photography for their depiction of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Students could see and touch the actual Pulitzer Prize award, according to the news release.

"The Dallas Morning News editors, reporters, columnists and photographers opened their doors, transporting our students to a place where they could imagine themselves as future Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, writers and editors changing the world with the power of the pen and the camera," John Tyler journalism and sociology teacher Quantalane Henry said, according to the news release.

The group also heard presentations from Steve Blow, a Dallas Morning News columnist and John Tyler graduate, and Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.

The students finished their visit with a tour of The Sixth Floor Museum, where they learned about the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and viewed an Associated Press photography exhibit.

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