Edgehill’s Best, a free community newspaper run once a year, is scheduled to hit the shelves within the Edgehill community by the beginning of June. Produced by a partnership between Rose Park Math and Science Magnet Middle School and Belmont University, the project began under the direction of Belmont’s Director of Community Relations Joyce Searcy and engages Rose Park 7th and 8th graders in creating a newspaper as part of their journalism class. The partnership brings together professors from Belmont’s Media Studies and Education Departments and teachers from Rose Park including 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Audrey Lyell.
Last year’s edition was created under the guidance of Belmont Media Studies Instructor Dorren Robinson and Assistant Professor of Media Studies Dr. Hyangsook Lee. The duo, working alongside Department Chair Dr. Thom Storey and Searcy, produced the eight-page edition. This year, Belmont’s Education Department joined the partnership and Chair of the Education Department Dr. Mark Hogan traveled to Rose Park weekly to teach the students about journalism and writing.
With 11 Rose Park students participating in the publication of this year’s edition, Dr. Hogan said the opportunity to work directly with the students has been invaluable. “The students had great ideas and showed leadership in bringing a project to completion. I believe they learned about writing for publication, specifically for newspapers and how that is different than classroom writing for assignments,” Dr. Hogan said. “This also allows the Teacher Education Department to further engage in our commitment to be the ‘feet in the street’ education program in Nashville.”