The School Paper: We Have Issues

Throughout the year, I have learned quite a bit about what it means to be a journalist, if only just a student for the school paper as of now.

It went from simply learning the basics of things like “what is news?” to how one must interview someone for a story, or how to get the paper out. How to skillfully take the truth and make it newsworthy, all while writing it in 500 words or more.

It turned into the beautiful chaos of a room full of bright young people, working their butts off on the next issue. Laying out each page, pitching stories and throwing ideas out into the air. Rushing here and there, yelling across the room, and reading and re-reading for every mistake, for what seems like a million times.

The newsroom became a mess of paper and copy-edit after copy-edit, all while slowly turning these lumps of coal into diamonds. It became a safe-haven, a place of discussion, an assortment of people so different, yet so alike.

Throughout the year, as a team I can definitely say we’ve matured, but not without our spills, cuts and scrapes. Everyday, every story, and every team decision becomes another source of strength for a group of different student journalists willing to work towards a common goal. Every argument opens up cuts we never knew we had, and every agreement shows us maturity we never knew we had in ourselves.

If there is anything I will remember, it may not be what we were writing about, or even when, but the things we did together. The late days, scrambling to edit and finish up all the pages for the next issue, all while eating fast food and cracking jokes. The arguments and make ups that nearly tore the entire team apart, the bonding over a mutual sense of accomplishment, seeing the much anticipated end result come to fruition. Most of all, the awkward yet memorable situations involving the flashing of a press pass and the dragging of ones derrier across the floor to take the perfect pic of the performers at a school play.

Throughout this journey, I didn’t just find the experience worthwhile for the development into a member of a team closely bonded together, but for learning about one’s strengths, weaknesses and flaws.

Taking the criticism and critique and turning it into the next best piece. Turning the low self-esteem into confidence in one’s skill, and recognizing the power that one holds, being one who is regarded as the unbiased messenger in a polarized world. Learning that perhaps the truth may lay in places overlooked, and the most interesting pieces in places unseen and unheard of.

Looking back, I never realized I would change so much by taking on this responsibility, but I’m certainly glad I did. My hope is that when our seniors are gone, that we can step up to the challenge and make things just as amazing if not better.

So my dear ‘colleagues’ with our amalgam of perspectives and personalities, this year is turning out to be wonderful. The memories we made are unforgettable, and the camaraderie we share is unbreakable. I am proud of what we have become from where we came from, and I wish us all the best.

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2 comments

  1. Congratulations to you are your fellow journalists for all your hark work on the school paper. Most people have no idea how much work goes into putting together each edition, or how satisfying it is to be a part of the team that creates it.

    The media is one of the most important institutions in a healthy, free and democratic society. In fact there can be no democracy without access to fair and impartial news.

    This is more than evident when you look around at our present day society, with its highly controlled media that does nothing be regurgitate government lies and propaganda. The state of the media is to blame for the loss of our freedoms and the decline in our quality of life.

    The media is supposed to be a watchdog, guarding against creeping tyranny and protecting our interests. Instead we have a corporate owned media that is complicit in the crimes of our governments commit and working to preserve the status quo.

    I think the most important thing for every budding journalist to remember, is that the work they do and the service they are providing to the community is absolutely essential and it should never be compromised.

    Keep up the great work

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Our February edition is coming out next week and we are just scrambling to get all the stories done! Journalism is honestly one of the best experiences I have had and I hope to continue.

      The discussions we have in the newsroom and the valuable insight we gained throughout the whole process has just been wonderful.

      Also, it is true that not everyone understands how much work goes into getting the paper together and out. I know I certainly didnt. If anything Ive learned to appreciate the chaotic process and not take the news stories we read for granted.

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