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Knoxville students learn newspaper writing 101

Some third graders from South Knoxville got to take a look behind the history of printing presses this week thanks to a virtual field trip.
Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 3:51 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:50 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Some third graders from South Knoxville got to take a look behind the history of printing presses this week thanks to a virtual field trip.

Students from South Knoxville Elementary got to learn about newspaper writing, the printing press and Knoxville’s first newspaper this week thanks to the Blount Mansion.

“It made me like interested and happy kind of,” said Briar Smith, a third grade student.

They learned details along the way including how a printing press worked by printing letters backwards initially so they’d come out forwards for people to read.

“It’s so tiny you can barely like even read it,” noted Gianna Chandler about the font.

The students got to write about one of the four topics they’ve studied over the past four weeks, either newspapers, butter, flags, or William Blount.

“It was definitely very interesting,” said Chandler.

Blount Mansion has offered virtual field trips for students, like the one WVLT News covered last week where students learned how to make butter.

The students, like India Matthews, were able to write their own articles for the South Knox Gazette.

An article written by India Matthews.
An article written by India Matthews.(South Knoxville Elementary)

And this one written by Joseph Jordan.

An article written by Joseph Jordan
An article written by Joseph Jordan(South Knoxville Elementary)

How about this one from Sawyer Howard, who learned just how hard it was to make a newspaper.

An article written by Sawyer Howard.
An article written by Sawyer Howard.(South Knoxville Elementary)

Then there’s Briar Smith, who wrote about William Blount.

An article written by Briar Smith.
An article written by Briar Smith.(South Knoxville Elementary)

You can learn more about Blount Mansion’s field trip program here.

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