Watching my 3-year-old son, I’m often reminded that we learn by doing. We practice tracing letters, putting together a puzzle, or hitting a baseball.

Learning journalism is the same way. Whether it’s live-Tweeting a local festival, covering a city council meeting, or visiting the Occupy encampment in downtown Bowling Green, students learn best when they can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.

Theater and film department chair Ron Shields opens the door to what he calls the "Taj Mahal" of costume shops. Photo by Sara Shipley Hiles.

I recently arranged for my Basic Reporting classes to get a “media tour” of the Wolfe Center, BGSU’s sleek new arts building. Spokeswoman Jen Sobolewski handed out media packets, Theatre and Film Department Chair Ron Shields took us backstage, and project manager Ryan Miller shared construction details.

Students took notes and photos and then published their stories on our class website, BG Reports.

Here are some pictures I took during our visit.

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