EXTRA! EXTRA! Hilltop Montessori students tour newspaper offices

A group of students from Hilltop Montessori School visited the Shelby County Reporter office in Columbiana on May 13 to learn how newspapers are put together. (Photo by Daniel Holmes.)

A group of students from Hilltop Montessori School visited the Shelby County Reporter office in Columbiana on May 13 to learn how newspapers are put together. (Photo by Daniel Holmes.)

FROM THE REPORTER

Upper Elementary students from Hilltop Montessori School in Mt Laurel toured the Shelby County Reporter and The Clanton Advertiser newspaper offices May 13 to see firsthand how newspapers are made.

The students toured the Reporter office in Columbiana and gathered in front of the Shelby County Courthouse for a photo.

Lucas Moore said he learned that newspapers “take a lot of work.”

Next, they watched a staff writer post a story and photo from their visit to the Reporter website and social media.

A graphic designer talked to the students about newspaper design and demonstrated how to design a page of the Hilltop Reporter, a one-time newspaper edition created for the students and their school.

Sienna Stine said she was excited to learn “how it works.”

The group left the Shelby County Reporter and traveled to The Advertiser in Clanton to hear the history of the printing press and production plant there.

While in the pressroom, students watched as copies of the Hilltop Reporter were printed for them to take home.

Students in attendance were: Arthur Anders, Bella Garza, Caroline Prince, Eliot Walton, Gabrielle Wang, Jonathan Levene, Mark Underwood, Sienna Stine, Carter Dunaway, Gabi Bladon, Grace Flowers, Justin Lewis, Liam Falconer, Patricia Pruett, Rosie Otter, Seth Walton, Zoey Swalley, Benjamin Appling, Emma Burke, Harris Blackstone, Lucas Moore, Sophie Stewart and Drew Fetterolf.