I visited Kim Pearson’s Writing for Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on October 29, 2019 to talk about TrentonDaily and to hear from a group of dynamic students offering up compelling stories ranging from arts & culture to economic development to urban farming. Beaming with ideas and inspirational musings, a dozen students at TCNJ’s School of Fine Arts & Communication came prepared to deliver.

Greater Trenton VP and TrentonDaily Editor-in-Chief Bryan Evans (near center) and TCNJ Associate Professor Kim Pearson (far left) stand with Writing for Interactive Multimedia students at TCNJ after TrentonDaily presentation on October 29, 2019

“TrentonDaily has afforded the students at The College of New Jersey an invaluable opportunity to tell positive stories about aspects of the Trenton community that don’t often get media coverage,” said Kim Pearson, TCNJ’s Associate Professor of Journalism and Professional Writing. “It has also allowed them to engage in substantive ways that piques their interests.”

Professor Pearson, who teaches courses in writing for interactive multimedia, press history, race, gender & the news, and a number of special topics, takes a truly unique approach to building the next generation of writing and multimedia professionals.

“I engage in the scholarship of teaching, often in collaboration with colleagues in related fields, developing and testing models for bringing computational thinking and community-engaged learning into journalism and professional writing classes,” said Pearson.

As a writer and reflective practitioner with a background in magazine journalism, corporate public relations, and blogging, Pearson brings a wide range of skill sets that bridge theory and real world experience.

Pearson’s former students have collaborated with Greater Trenton to write a number of Trenton-related stories since the inception of TrentonDaily in September of 2018. In addition, Greater Trenton continues to engage with all five of Trenton’s anchor institutions of higher learning including Princeton University, Thomas Edison State University, Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey and Rider University to garner diverse perspectives, build content, and tell positive stories of people, places, economic initiatives, historic moments and more, across New Jersey’s Capital City.

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