What we do at the Danbee Beeline ...
When Don Hewitt, the legendary journalist-to-the-core CBS executive created 60 Minutes his goal was to tell stories to American television viewers that would interest them. “Tell me a story” was his mandate to 60 Minutes correspondents.
Here in the Journalism and Media program at Camp Danbee, we borrowed Don Hewitt’s mandate and made it the mantra for what we do. The girls in our Journalism and Media program become our correspondents and we provide opportunities for them to tell stories by practicing and expanding on their writing and communication skills. In the program, the girls learn how to develop a story idea, how to craft inquisitive questions, how to prepare for and conduct an interview, how to take notes and how to turn those notes into a thoughtful and well-crafted story. Those stories then are published in the camp newspaper, The Beeline and companion website, thedanbeebeeline.weebly.com.
We recognize there are many ways to tell a story. An article is one way. So, too, is poetry, or fiction writing, or photo essays, or illustration or video. We welcome and encourage all of that. The goal is to nurture the pleasure of writing and during the process of storytelling, the girls will develop and refine critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills.
You see, Danbee offers numerous programs for the girls to express themselves creatively. These programs are run by very accomplished people who coax and guide the girls in the creative process. In the Journalism and Media program we call that process storytelling.
We view storytelling, regardless of the format, as a stimulating creative outlet. The girls get to explore a subject in detail. They get to ask questions and learn as much as they can about that subject. We believe that questions are the doorways to knowledge. The girls then get to tell others about what they have learned. They get to tell the story taking shape in their mind using words of their choosing to create a picture of their own design. It truly is exhilarating.
In concert with all the other activities at Danbee, the girls also are discovering their own unique qualities, finding their own voice and developing a sense of self-empowerment, which at Danbee is called “Girl Power.”
So sit back, relax, and read all you like because the Danbee Journalism and Media girls are here to tell you a story!
Gary Hook, Director, Journalism and Media
Empowerment sources interviewed by The Beeline
Each year since 2016 The Beeline has examined the topic of empowerment. Girls in the Journalism and Media program have interviewed very remarkable and highly successful people in various fields to get their perspectives about empowerment, the people in their lives who empowered them (spoiler: they all cited their parents) and the advice they would give girls and young women. Here is a list of those people:
Each of these people was interviewed over Skype, or FaceTime, or in person. Each person brought a wealth of life’s experiences – successes and failures – along with priceless advice to the interviews. The results were their stories rich in inspiration.
Avery Dermer and Stella Fox interviewed Kit DesLauriers over Skype from her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Zoe Swift interviewed Mariana Santos over Skype from her office in Rio de Janeiro.
Julia Heaton was interviewed by Eliza Lakritz, Avery Dermer and Stella Fox in the visitor's lunge at Miss Hall's School.
Sally Brouhard used Skype to interview Sierra Filucci, executive director of parenting content for Common Sense Media, from her office in San Francisco.