Today MWHS’s WALA program had the honor of Jay Olstad come in and talk to their classes. Jay came in to help out the class as they start their new Project Based Learning assignment on Media Bias. Jay was an excellent choice to speak as he is an MWHS alumnus, and a successful news reporter for Kare 11. He spoke to each of the WALA English classes about what it takes to be a reporter and the steps leading up to it. He also discussed how to report the news as objectively as you can. He stated that it is his job to be the voice of the subject and get the word out. He talked about long hours and trying times, but loves his job because it is so rewarding. He also mentioned that it is important to get as much information about the subject so that you can be objective when it comes time to report. The WALA students will be reporting on a given topic from two points of view in order to understand how to deal and work with bias information.
The students were appreciative of his visit knowing that he has been where they are and has had many experiences in life since attending Mound Westonka High School. The most important thought is that where he is from will always be a part of him as it will be for our students!
Jay Olstad and the WALA students