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Apachi Adventure Camp – Enhancing the Development of Children

Apachi Adventure Camp Image: jccchicago.org

Apachi Adventure Camp
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Benjamin L. Schwartz is a journalism student who is actively seeking an internship in Chicago. As a former camp counselor at Apachi Camp in Illinois, he was responsible for a group of 12 children in the summer of 2014. He also became head counselor his first year working at the camp. In addition to his counselor duties, Ben L. Schwartz assisted the swimming instructors at the camp in Glenview.

Apachi Adventure Camp is not just an ordinary summer day camp. Aside from the traditional day camp option, there is also an adventure camp. The nine-week adventure camp program allows children to expand their personal development through drama, art, field trips, and sports.

In addition to personal development, active learning and self-esteem are fostered through activities with professionally-trained staff. With its diverse plans and programs, each day is different at Apachi Adventure Camp. There is little worry that a child will get bored, and there are also weekly themes to keep them engaged and learning.


Three Tips for Finding Your Radio Voice

All Campus Radio Network pic

All Campus Radio Network
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In high school, Ben Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois, worked as his school radio station’s programming director. Now in college at Ohio University studying journalism, Benjamin L. Schwartz has his own radio show with the school’s online radio station.

Many radio hosts and on-air personalities seem to have a golden voice handed to them from on high, but a great radio voice only comes after years of practice and hard work. Follow these three tips to help you find your own radio voice.

1. Enunciate – With your voice being all your listeners have to go by, you cannot mumble or mince your words. One of the first keys to a good radio voice is enunciating your speech well. Say each word clearly and slowly. If it feels weird or silly, practice in front of the mirror until speaking clearly feels more natural.

2. Recover Quickly from Misspeaking – No matter how articulate and seasoned you are, you will make the occasional mistake on air, like mixing two words or pronouncing something incorrectly. Prevent the mistake from getting too much attention by quickly recovering and moving on. The more you focus on the mistake, the more your listeners will, too.

3. Be Authentically You – Your first instinct might be to put on an act or to try and sound how you think radio announcers are supposed to sound, but pretending to be something you are not hides the qualities that make you unique. While you can always strive to make your delivery and quality better, there is no need to try hiding an accent, speaking with inauthentic vocabulary, or pretending to be someone else.

Job Responsibilities of Journalists

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Ohio University
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Benjamin “Ben” L. Schwartz has worked as a summer camp assistant for Temple Beth-El, located just outside of Chicago in Glenview, Illinois. Currently, Ben Schwartz of Glenville is a student at Ohio University, where he is a member of the all campus radio network and pursues a journalism degree.

Individuals educated in the field of journalism have the skill set to enter career fields such as correspondents, news analysts, and reporters. Those working in these career fields are often generally referred to as journalists. Journalists can work on the staffs of newspapers, television or radio stations, Internet sites, or magazines, or they can act as freelance journalists. A 2014 survey indicates approximately 54,000 journalist jobs in the United States. In addition approximately 17 percent of journalists reported working on a freelance basis.

Journalists are responsible for keeping the public informed on news and events of interest. This work includes ongoing research into potential news topics. Additionally, journalist often interview individuals who are considered experts in a topic area or involved in a story in some way. Other work duties include writing and reviewing articles, analyzing and presenting information to an audience in an understandable way, and maintaining relationships with news sources and contacts.

UNESCO Criteria for the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands pic

Galapagos Islands
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A journalism student at Ohio University, Benjamin (Ben) L. Schwartz is a native of Glenview, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. In addition to his ongoing journalism studies, Ben Schwartz works as a camp counselor in the Glenview area. He also enjoys traveling with his family, with whom he has visited the Galapagos Islands.

Located in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands renowned for their unique species of flora and fauna. The islands inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution after he visited in 1835, and the area has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UNESCO provides the criteria that the islands fulfilled to become a World Heritage Site. The criteria include an abundant and diverse underwater wildlife with locations of geological interest, such as three major tectonic plates.

Its highly diverse flora and fauna, including a large number of threatened or endangered species, also contributed to the islands’ UNESCO status. For additional information on the UNESCO criteria, visit www.whc.unesco.org.

The ACRN Organization Goes Beyond Being an Online Radio Station

All Campus Radio Network pic

All Campus Radio Network
Image: acrn.com

A journalism student at Ohio University, Benjamin “Ben” L. Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois splits his time between his educational responsibilities and extracurricular activities in and around Chicago. Ben Schwartz is a passionate music and radio fan and has hosted his own radio show since high school. The Glenview native is also a member of Ohio University’s All Campus Radio Network.

The All Campus Radio Network (ACRN) is a student organization at Ohio University that is open to all students who share an interest in music and radio. ACRN is most widely known as an online radio station. DJs at ACRN play an active role in the station’s operations. They help with running the radio and play music both on the air and at live or mobile events.

ACRN also features numerous departments that welcome students with all kinds of related interests. Students involved with ACRN can do everything from assist with promotions or sales for the station, make videos, or oversee the station’s DJs. Additionally, ACRN maintains a team of students dedicated to social media activity for the station and a team focused on maintains behind-the-scenes operations.

Beyond the radio station, students have the option to write for ACRN. Music journalists write about changes in the music industry while graphic design students help create some of ACRN’s designs. Further, students can choose the music that is played on air or create the on-air ads played by the radio station.