Legacy High School teacher chosen to contribute to New York Times on DAPL protests

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Instead of always teaching students during class, a Legacy High School teacher brought her experience outside the building back to them.

She not only showed students how to report in a tense environment but also put her name on a major publication.

Sue Skalicky is a teacher, but is first, a journalist, and recently received the opportunity of a lifetime to show her students how to contribute to national news coverage.

Skalicky is usually teaching and overseeing student work indoors. But an email changed that.

"I glanced at it, and it was addressed to me, and I thought it was spam or something like that," says Skalicky.

The editor of the National Desk from The New York Times contacted Skalicky about contributing to their Dakota Access Pipeline protest coverage. She says it was a check off her bucket list.

"Great experience, and I just continually bring that into my classroom," says Skalicky.

An editor instructed her to go to the protest, where a protest camp was being evacuated by law enforcement, and report back her observations. Besides bringing back pictures from the incident, she set an example.

"It's really cool to have an adviser who is capable of writing such high quality work," says Carter Scott, junior.

And Skalicky says she'd do it again, if given the chance.

"I believe you really can't teach journalism unless you're really doing the work of a journalist," says Skalicky.

That day Skalicky spent several hours at the protest.

Skalicky says this wasn't her first time reporting on the protest. She says she accompanied students to meet with peaceful protesters before the October incident.