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    UMASS STUDENTS UNVEIL NEW WEBSITE ON THE PIONEER VALLEY

“Pioneering the Valley” makes it easy to get off campus  

AMHERST, Mass. – May 5, 2005 (PRB) – A class of journalism students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has created a tool to help students find fresh alternatives for things to do on their weekends.

“Pioneering the Valley,” at www.urltocome.com, explores the Pioneer Valley ’s museums, places of recreation, parks, and restaurants – places many students never visit during their four years at one of the Five Colleges.

“Our goal was to do something useful for the community while honing these students’ editing and news-writing abilities,” said David Perkins, the lecturer who taught the news editing course. “Many students complain that there’s nothing to do in the Valley, when in fact it’s brimming with things to do.”

The site features articles about 13 different escapes, including the Emily Dickinson Museum , the Yiddish Book Center , the North Hadley Sugar Shack, the Fiber Arts Center , the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Yankee Candle Factory.

Also on the site are quizzes, useful information, and printable directions to each destination.

For students looking for an alternative to the same old dining commons cuisine, there are also 13 reviews of lesser-known restaurants in the area.

About Journalism 375:

From the UMass course catalogue:

News editing is a hands-on course that teaches through practice the theory and techniques of news editing. Focusing on the copy editor’s role, the course includes headline writing as well as a review of basic language and research skills.  

For more information contact Keon Ruiter at Kruiter@student.umass.edu.

 

 
   

This website was created by the students of Journalism 375 at the University of Massachusetts 2005