Professor Shepard Smith

By Chris Ariens 

Shepard Smith and his Ole Miss journalism students in the Fox newsroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The past two weeks, Shepard Smith has gone from anchor to professor teaching future tvnewsers from Ole Miss. The students spent last week on campus and this week at the Fox newsroom in New York. As the AP’s David Bauder writes, Smith found out teaching future anchors can be more challenging then being one.

He gently scolded the students for not putting free time to good use and assigned them to find a story within a four-block radius of where they sat.

“I didn’t realize that the fire had to be lit,” he said. “I thought you had your own lighters.”

One of Smith’s students already has a job lined up … in Joplin, MO:

It may have been life-altering in a way that 21-year Allison Croghan, a graduating senior from St. Louis, will never truly know. She’s scheduled to start a job next month as a television reporter at KSN/KODE-TV in Joplin, Mo. If she hadn’t been in New York for Smith’s class, she said she would have been in Joplin searching for an apartment when Sunday’s deadly tornado hit the city.