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Students Go Behind the Scenes at KQ2 for "Reporting L.I.V.E."

A group of students in St. Joseph are learning what it takes to land a job in journalism.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A group of students in St. Joseph are learning what it takes to land a job in journalism.

Thursday, they switched roles with us the crew at KQ2 and became reporters and news anchors for a day.

Eyram Kpenu, Calvary Likisap, Makayla Hedge and Ismael Cristobal took part in the unique experience.

From rehearsing a stand-up in the field, to mastering the prompter on the news desk, they all bonded over the "behind the scenes" experience.

"I have learned a lot of self discipline and just learning to be able to get things done in a timely manner," said Hedge.

The job shadowing opportunity is part of Reporting L.I.V.E., a program that kicked off more than seven years ago. News-Press columnist Alonzo Weston came up with the idea to expose northwest Missouri students to careers in journalism.

"Before this, I thought you go out and take videos. But, there's more work to it," said Cristobal.

The project stretched across four days in March and gave students a chance to see how television stations and newspapers operate.

"If I wouldn't have taken this experience, I would've thought it was an easy job, but it's not. It's a really hard job," added Cristobal.

They learned there's a lot more to it than meets the eye.

"It's definitely different. I thought it was going be really easy, like 'oh, you know, I want to be on tv,' but it's more than difficult than it seems," said Hedge.

The group wraps up the experience with a trip to Kansas City.
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