ROCK BRIDGE: CBS photojournalist Les Rose leads high school workshop

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 7:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Los Angeles-area CBS News photojournalist Les Rose was at the Columbia Area Career Center on Wednesday to lead a broadcast journalism workshop and share his experience with future journalism students.   

“It’s eye-opening having a professional teach them,” said Haley Brueck, the broadcast journalism instructor at the center. 

She and Rose have been “team teaching” for nearly eight years. She said having a professional in the classroom enhances the learning experience and gives students "that ah-ha! moment” that she said often gives journalists their ideas.

Rose began doing workshops about 20 years ago when he was asked to drop by a friend’s class for an hour. He now uses vacation time to visit schools and teach about journalism. 

“I really love teaching,” said Rose. “I don’t know if I’m doing it right, but I really enjoy it.”

Rose talked to about 30 students from Columbia-area high schools in the Career Center's broadcast journalism class about how important details and nuances are to journalism. They also worked through the finer points of broadcast script and brainstorming as a group. 

The class contained a variety of personalities and attention spans, but Rose held their attention with his analysis of stories and commercials. 

“One more story, guys?” Rose asked the class near the end of the day, when many were starting to get a little restless.

The class erupted in cheers of approval and Rose, acting flattered, said: “They like me! They really like me!”

Rose and Brueck both emphasized the importance of journalism.

“Journalism is the one profession people die for practically every month of every year,” Rose said.

“It’s not the 17th or 19th Amendment,” said Rose of the press. “It’s the first.”

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