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◄This past summer, Lubbock ISD staff and students traveled to New York on scholarship to see how the pros in the field make it happen. Pictured left to right are LISD-TV coordinator and teacher Kenneth Dixon, student Mason Carroll, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, student Katy Zimmerman and Lubbock ISD teacher Carol Alonzo.

Lubbock ISD scholarship creates life-changing experience for journalism students By Mason Carroll with Katy Zimmerman


e knew we were going to New York, but even after preparing and packing for a month, it still didn’t feel real. Even after saying goodbye to our families, watching our bags being loaded onto the plane and flying east for five hours, it still wasn’t clicking. The surprise and excitement hit us all at once when we finally saw the city — Manhattan and Central Park — through the airplane window.

After newswriting during my sophomore year at Coronado High School in Lubbock ISD, I knew I wanted to pursue journalism in some way. Katy Zimmerman, whom I’ve known since sixth grade and who also traveled to New York, has known since she was a little girl, watching the nightly news on television, that she wants to be a broadcast reporter. I was the managing editor for our high school publication, and I was planning to learn more about broadcast news at Lub-

bock ISD’s student-run television station, LISD-TV, during my senior year. Katy was already reporting and studying at LISD-TV. LISD-TV allows students to experience a one-of-a-kind education. The program is very student-oriented. We receive handson experience with shooting, editing and producing our own packages and newscasts. Being a part of Lubbock ISD’s journalism program teaches us personal skills too. Were it not for this program, we would not

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