Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Goodbye

So this is it. It’s officially the last time I am writing anything for journalism. There was the last short write, the last article for The Correspondent, the last thing I writing that would get published in print during high school. But these are the last words I am typing for something journalistic related. I will miss it next year.

I will miss the smell of newspapers press off the press on distribution days. I will miss being a part of making something seen by the entire school every month. I will miss creating memories with some of my favorite people. I will miss the sense of security and home in a building that otherwise makes me upset to be in. I will miss being able to go up to any person in the school and find out anything I can about them, and then share it to the rest of the school. I will miss even miss the hectic mess of deadlines. I will miss every aspect of being a part of The Correspondent.

As I go on with the rest of my life, I always remember the memories I made with the people I grew close to. The time that we brought Mackenzie down the elevator to the lobby in the rollie chair at the convention. The times that I spent gossiping with all the girls. The time Ashley and I put on the scrubs that we weren’t even supposed to put on. I say goodbye to the opportunities of making more memories with these wonderful people that are very dear to me, but the memories we already made are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

When I signed up for the class freshman year, I hoped to become a better writer through taking the journalistic writing class. I gained so much more than just writing skills.
For one, I learned a lot about technology. I learned how to work in-depth, photoshop, and wikispaces. I came a long way with my technological issues. Truthfully, I spent a good 30 minutes on the first day we were supposed to go on the computers in J1 trying to figure how to turn on the computer and I was too shy to ask anyone. Well in my defense, I never used a Mac before then.
But that brings me to another thing I gained from journalism. I learned how to talk to people more easily thanks to being forced to talk to people when doing interviews. Hey, if I could walk into a room of sweaty and pissed varsity wrestlers who just lost a match and talk to them, I think I could talk to anyone.

Professional Press

Anonymous and encouraging message posted in university restroom

A Reddit user posted a photo of a poignant message that she found taped to the stall in a women’s restroom at her university.
The user, chellylauren, wrote: “In a girls’ bathroom stall at my university, girls have written about some of their most horrifying life experiences. This week, somebody replied.”
The reply, written on notebook paper, is anonymous.
The reply in full:
To the girl who was raped: You are so strong. I cannot fathom the pain you must have gone through. The fact that you have the bravery to write it (even on a bathroom wall) gives me hope.
To the girl with eating disorders: I promise you, although I don’t know you, you are beautiful, you deserve your health. You deserve freedom from that hell.
To the girl with the alcoholic father: I am so sorry for the agony it must cause. Again, such courage is remarkable you must be such a strong person to see such pain.
To the girl whose father died: Missing them never goes away. The ache of their absence never goes away. But the love they had, the memories you share surely must last. I am sure, out of the bottom of my heart, the people who have left you in this world are exceptionally proud of the person you are.
Everytime (sic) I see these walls, these confessions, I feel so blessed to know I have the priviledge (sic) of seeing them. Your moments, these secrets, are all precious even though they are sad. To all of you (including those I did not mention, and those who have not yet written)
-You are worthy.
-You are strong.
-You are brave.
-You are loved.
-Somebody cares.
Written below that, somebody penned a quick response: “To the person who wrote this, thank you.”

This story, although very short, takes something very ordinary that could happen at our own school, and made it into something extraordinary that everyone would hear about. It got me thinking that if any of us see or hear about some some random act of kindness in the school, we should cover it. It is tough to see kindness when everyone seems to be down all the time and nasty to fellow classmates. It might lift up someone’s spirits and inspire them if they hear about something good happening in the school, no matter how small it is. Not every story needs to be about something big that everyone already knows about. It is those things which aren’t heard about which deserve coverage.

Idea book

!. Start posting videos of school events on CorreLive. Students would want to watch events that they missed or see them again. Every time there is an interesting thing going on with the school, such as an important game, a guest speaker, or an assembly, someone should record it. To organize this, we could have people take turns doing it by assigning people to an event.
2. In features or entertainment, we could have a how to section. We could have crafts, make-up or hair ideas, or recipes. We could also tell students to go on CorreLive or contact us any other way if they have any how tos that they would like to share.
3. Have a poll on CorreLive every month about what students want to know or read about in the Correspondent. To get them to do this, we can say that they will be entered to win a prize.

Goals

1. Start and finish stories earlier. I will need to start interviewing people for stories as soon as I sign up for a story. That way, I will have plenty of time to write the stories.
2. Get involved with more visuals. I will take more pictures and help out more with graphics.
3. Have better interviews by engaging in more of a conversation with the people I’m interviewing.

The first thing I did to write my first front page story about the pictures in the hallways was to outline the story and figure out beforehand what information I wanted to include. This helped in the second step, which was to figure out which teachers and students I needed to interview. This story was different from other stories I wrote because I didn’t know much about the topic I was writing about, so I had to do a lot of research for it. If I couldn’t find out who could answer my questions, I would ask around to find someone who knew the person who knew the answers to my questions. For example, when I tried to find someone who could tell me how the pictures for English, math, and science awards were hung up, I was directed to another person three times until someone could tell me. I learned that it really helps to talk to as many people as possible because the more research that is done, the more informative the story is. Something that I would have done differently was to interview people a lot earlier, especially since a lot of people take a very long time to respond back to requests to interviews, are too busy for an interview, or are near impossible to get a hold of. Also,  you never know if more people will need to interviewed with things found out from other interviews, so it is good to have a lot of time if that is necessary. That way, it won’t be so stressful to try to get quotes in order to finish the story. Once I got my interviews done, I wrote the story, edited, and then it was done.