A busy semester, just ended

Two first-year Conestoga journalism students practise their video editing skills using Final Cut Pro.

Ahhh, the end of April. It brings warmer weather and, just as important for post-secondary teachers like me, an end to classes. And that means considerably more time for things such as curriculum revisions, reading, blogging and long-postponed chores around the house.

It’s been an eventful semester. On top of the daily preparation, classroom deliveries and grading that go with teaching three courses — news writing (two sections), business and economics for journalists, and magazine writing — I was involved in helping organize the journalism program’s annual spring gala featuring guest speaker John Hinnen, judging the winners from among dozens of award entries from students and preparing to launch the college’s new media program this fall.

With the bittersweet close of classes yesterday, it’s on now to final grading — 266 papers over the next 10 days. Meanwhile, the school year has left me with memories of some remarkable students. See my column in today’s London Free Press, as well as a profile by the Waterloo Region Record of one of our print students.