Transcript for Ron Claiborne Teaches Journalism to Troubled Kids
We want to talk now about one of our fellow anchors here on "Gma" here on the weekends. You know Ron Claiborne as a guy who delivers our news headlines. He is also a guy who quite seriously never misses a chance to help out when he can. Yeah. This truly is a priceless story. He got the chance at the glen mills school outside of Philadelphia, so Ron, you got to show some students the tools of the trade. Well, exactly. You know, I first learned about the glen mills schools by chance. They run a golf course on the grounds. But what it is really is a school for boys, teens who got into trouble with the law. During a visit there last fall, had the idea of returning to talk about and teach what we do. So last Monday, a group of us from ABC and ABC's affiliate pbi, we put on a TV news workshop. I got to tell you, it was an amazing day for all of us. We began our marathon day meeting our 24 students in the school's library. From 4:30 to 7:00 A.M., you turn on channel 6, you'll see me there. I started off in the music video aspect. I am the chief photographer at WPVI. They told us a little bit about themselves. I'm the type of person that likes to take on a lot of challenges. I want be an actor. Reporter: Then it was time to roll up our sleeves and get down to helping these young camera men, reporters and editors put their stories together. We're speaking to this baseball coach and we're talking about her being a baseball coach in news, you want to see that. Reporter: We helped show them how to write their stories. You have a female coach and this is an all-boys school. That's unusual. And how to really tell them. Imagine yourself before you start saying check this out. This is something you want to pay attention to. Do you know a girl who everything is dramatic, but every story is, oh my god, do the story the way she would do the story. Reporter: And finally put it all together, edit it into a real news story. Throughout the piece, make it stronger if you hear the background noise. Is there something he said quickly you can lay? If. Grab people's attention. The results, well, have a look. Those sounds and images of hard work inside the glen mills weight room are the keys to success. Having a female in your lives to feel like that will benefit you guys in the long run. Perhaps none, literally, are as big of a success story as jay Thompson. Reporter: It was all a lot of fun, but more important is the lesson we hope these bright young men full of promise learned that there is another way, another path in life that they can succeed. And you know, they really were a great group of young men. Smart and curious, engaged and pretty darn good at writing and shooting and editing video. Yes, they have made mistakes early in their lives, but everyone of them shows genuine ability. These guys can do anything they want to do, they just have to believe it. And, you know, I just want to add a note here. One of the guys in the group was Louis who is the chief photographer for 38 years. He retired yesterday and he really connected with those guys with his own stories of his experience and his upbringing. Some of them talking to them, they actually had tears in their eyes when he was talking to them. Congratulations to Lou. They said they have to believe it, but it works both ways and people have to believe this them, too. It was fabulous. That was one of my messages. Watching you with the hat on. You're a great teacher, Ron Claiborne. I love it. It was a great day, I have to tell you. Great teacher and great story teller. Thank you very much. And Lou, I hope you're sleeping late. We love Ron Claiborne here. We also love weather on
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