Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 6, 2014

Graham, Bluefield high school students tour Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Students from Graham and Bluefield high schools received tours from a trio of local communications centers that included stops at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, WVVA-TV studios, and the studios of L&L Broadcasting.

Samantha Perry, editor of the Daily Telegraph, welcomed the group of students to the newspaper and began by explaining the different aspects of how the paper works and how much the newspaper has evolved throughout the years.

“We have a print paper, an online product, a video site and more. It is so amazing how quickly we can keep the website updated 24 hours a day,” Perry said.

Perry explained how the editors decide what will appear on the front page of the paper.

One student asked, “Do you guys have competitions to see who can write the most front- page stories?”

Reporters in the newsroom agreed that it would be a great idea.

Perry explained that not only does the Daily Telegraph publish the paper, but also Prerogative magazine, a real estate book and Mudslinger, and an ATV related magazine.

“You never know what your day is going to bring, but that is part of the job. We love the excitement. No day is ever the same, you just have to learn how to be flexible,” Perry said.

Many students were also very interested in the BDTBlitz and BDTBounce websites. Some even threw out an idea for the Daily Telegraph to include a variety of different sports such as soccer and volleyball.

Students also got to see a press run, which included an “Extra” tab that students were able to see print and then take home.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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