Southold School District

Southold students get a Suffolk Times history lesson

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Second grade students from Southold Elementary School had lots of good questions for The Suffolk Times today.

Second grade students from Southold Elementary School visited The Suffolk Times on Thursday to learn about the process of editing and publishing a newspaper.

Suffolk Times publisher Andrew Olsen and executive editor Grant Parpan took the nearly 50 students on a tour around the building, showing them where stories are written, and how they are edited and placed on a page before being delivered to their homes.

The following were among our favorite exchanges with the students:

Q. Did you guys ever write about the Titanic?

A. Yes. We wrote about the Titanic after it sank in 1912 and again on the 100th anniversary this year.

Q. Do you ever fall asleep while writing a story and then it’s gone?

A. Yes. Reporter Tim Gannon falls asleep at work all the time.

Q. How many reporters did you have covering the storm?

A. About 15 reporters, editors and photographers participated in our coverage of Superstorm Sandy.

Q. Was this your favorite class visit to the paper of all-time?

A. Yes, actually, it was.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Suffolk Times executive editor Grant Parpan in the newsroom in Mattituck with students who were surprised to learn the paper was first printed in 1857.