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A snail-mail note that made me smile

It’s not often but sometimes you get a note that makes your day. Yesterday, for instance, I got a note from the Prowler Staff at Central York High School thanking me for my recent visit.

While there, I talked to the student journalists about the importance of social media in the news gathering process. It was a fun visit, and the kids had a lot of great questions. I could tell they were passionate about what they were doing and thoughtful, too.

In the packet the kids sent, they included a letter to the school board requesting permission to access Facebook and Twitter during school. Like professional journalists, the kids understand the importance of using various social-networking platforms to help them do their jobs. They put forth a solid argument and asked for a chance to prove that they could be responsible when handling social-networking sites.

Teacher Cindy Hogentogler wrote: You really lit a fire under them! Thanks for your inspiration and your continued passion for “doing journalism.”

I don’t know if they’ll win this battle, but I give them props for fighting for what they believe in.

Thanks for the thank-you note, kids. And good luck with The Prowler.