Pass the Mic: Karaoke at KJI

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On Tuesday, June 25, journalism campers from the Kansas Journalism Institute workshop put down their laptops and cell phones for a few hours to shout, croon and dance at Karaoke Night.  Below is the coverage compiled from students in the Web Management class taught by instructor Eric Thomas.

Karaoke night for KJI campers

By: Emily Lair

Many Kansas Journalism Institute camp members chose to sing their hearts out on Tuesday night in the lobby of Oliver Hall. Also, check out tweets, pictures and video from campers.

Karaoke Night at KJI

By: Isabella Davis

Whether campers sang, watched, danced or didn’t pay attention, Karaoke Night drew everything from cheers to high fives.

KU Journalism Institute sings

By: Cle’ianna Garrett

An interactive photo shows more about campers and the singing performances.

KJI Karaoke

By: Brianna Cole

Jennifer Mahr, Jake Specht, Paige Parker and Lexi Wood spent a fun night singing karaoke tunes with their fellow campers. Check out a video of pictures and audio about their experience.

Kicking off karaoke at KJI

By: Cara Brashears

Taking on the spotlight, a few campers from Blue Valley Northwest High School decided to form a group and sing in the lobby first up.

KJI camper backs out of performing

By: Sarah Hirsch

Camper Ankit Kadakia prepared all afternoon for the event, but found he was too nervous to perform.

KJI Karaoke Night unveiled

By: Daniel Mejia

If you were too shy, or just weren’t feeling the whole karaoke vibe, here is a photo gallery of the events of the night.

KJI students rock out to Karaoke Night

By: Ashley Yoder

Check out even more photos of students performing on Tuesday night.

BVNW girls steal the show

By: Alexandra Willim

Photos show the step-by-step process of the first group’s performance.

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KJI Karaoke

During the day, the KJI campers learn new techniques to benefit their journalism careers. By night, the same students drop the cameras, pens, notes and picked up the microphones. Jennifer Mahr, Jake Specht, Paige Parker, and Lexi Wood spent a fun night singing karaoke tunes with their fellow campers. Each were enthusiastic about the activity and where happy to get to know the other students.

“I enjoyed the karaoke because it gave me the opportunity to meet the staff from other schools,” Wood said.

Click here to check more from the karaoke night.

KU Journalism Institute Sings

KU Journalism Institute students participate in a karaoke night in the lobby of Oliver residence hall. Students comment about how much fun they had and how this night has made their KJI experience better. Campers seemed to really have enjoyed their selves and most want to relive the moment. KJI students aren’t just journalist, photographers, and reporters  but they can also sing.

KJI karaoke night unveiled

If you were too shy, or just weren’t feeling the whole karaoke vibe, here is a gallery of the events of the night. And if you were unfortunate enough to leave before “Don’t Stop Believing” came on, I even have photos of the counselors and the camp supervisor rocking out.

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KJI camper backs out of performing at karaoke night

By day, Ankit Kadakia takes Advanced Media Seminar classes. By night, he turns to his true passion – singing. After finding out about the KJI karaoke night, Kadakia immediately started practicing. However, he said he found he was too bashful to perform in front of everyone.

Click the photo below to find out his preparation methods and what he ended up doing instead:

"It kind of ticks me off how I spent a good chunk of my afternoon practicing and got too scared to perform," Kadakia admitted.

“It kind of ticks me off how I spent a good chunk of my afternoon practicing and got too scared to perform,” Kadakia admitted.

Karaoke Night At KJI

By: Isabella Davis

KJI campers have come to the lobby of Oliver Hall to find that they can sing and watch karaoke if they would like. It seemed that most people would either:

  • Sing
  • Watch
  • Dance Along or
  • Not Even Pay Attention

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Seniors Sami Jett, Brianna Cole,

Paige Parker, and Jennifer Mahr

are singing Baby by Justin Bieber.

Brianna said that they picked this

song because they are Justin Bieber

fanatics and they want to marry him.

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After they were done performing,

everyone in the audience cheered and

the other girls in front gave them high

fives.

Karaoke night for KJI campers

Many Kansas Journalism Institute(KJI) camp members chose to sing their hearts out on Tuesday night in the lobby of Oliver Hall.  From genre to genre, the laughs, smiles, and embarrassment of singing in front of a large group was definitely prevalent.

While some campers were brave enough to sing(or scream) lyrics to their favorite songs, most campers decided to enjoy the entertainment rather than be a part of it.

Lauren Fox from Barstow High School was extremely nervous to sing in front of the KJI campers.  Fox hoped to get all of the Barstow newspaper staff members to sing along with her to ease the jitterness.

Lauren Fox from Barstow High School was extremely nervous to sing in front of the KJI campers. Fox hoped to get all of the Barstow newspaper staff members to sing along with her to ease the anxiety.

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Kelsey Crosby from Olathe North High School decided to sit back and watch the action instead of singing. She said that she was not comfortable doing karaoke because she is a self-claimed “bad singer”.

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Molly Cruse from Blue Valley North was also not planning on singing karaoke on Tuesday night. She did say, however, that if she did sing, she would sing anything by Taylor Swift.

Click here for tweets,  pictures, and videos of karaoke night!

Kicking off karaoke at KJI

Buzz around Oliver Hall today at KJI included mixed feelings about the karaoke session put on tonight. Some students were too nervous to perform, others dismissed the activity as silly and some were all for it. Taking on the spotlight, a few campers from Blue Valley Northwest High School decided to form a group and sing in the lobby first up.

Before the performance

photo 2Q&A with Jennifer Faucett, senior yearbook editor-in-chief

What’s the story behind the group?

“We are calling ourselves YB6 because there are six of us yearbook girls. I know it sounds lame, and it’s obviously not going to stick, but for tonight’s performance it’s just something fun to add.”

Why did you decide to be the first group to go?

“We’ve already had a really fun time at KJI, and right now we’re all just in really good moods. Plus we love to sing, and I’m stoked to kick off the night and get the crowd going!”

How do you feel going into the performance?

“I’m pumped. We’re going to sing Complicated by Avril Lavigne, and every one of us knows every word. I should be nervous, but since there’s so many of us, I’m not too concerned.”

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Inspired by the recent movie Pitch Perfect, the YB6 group huddles together to prepare for the song.

The performance:

Click the photo below to be taken to a short clip of the show.

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After the performance:

photo 3Q&A with junior yearbook section editor Jenna Bellar

How did the performance go?

“Our singing was phenomenal. If this is typed up, I hope my sarcasm gets across. If it doesn’t, my facial expression should show my true reaction.”

How did you do individually?

“I don’t see myself going on Broadway anytime soon. It was weird with everyone watching, but all my friends were there to support me and just go crazy.”

How did you get over the nerves?

“You just have to ignore the funny stares from the audience and sing your heart out. Or start to twerk. Either one works.”