Jaqueline Vargas, Reporter
Have you ever wondered who drives the Howler, who designs the website, who is the big boss, who edits the articles, and is not a teacher?
Run by students only, the journalism class of 23 students focuses on their writing skills by doing long form journalism, focussing more on opinionated pieces of writing, more than direct news. The Howler has a variety of articles to choose from and they are put into the main categories: Local Color, Feature and Opinion, Student Life, Arts and Entertainment, and Sports. These very broad themes are narrowed down by the reporters of the journalism class for everyone to easily understand and enjoy what they are reading. Although it may seem easy to you, the writing that gets published here goes through a lot of editing. Honestly, the ones that really make these articles enjoyable and easy to read are our very own editors: the “mini English teachers.”
You might wonder how exactly someone would be qualified to become an editor in the journalism class. Well, it does not come it ain’t easy. Thoroughly explained by our copy and media editor, Makenna Percy, has gone through the whole process of becoming an editor. To break it up into two major points; first, you would have to be able to manage your time and prove to the teacher that you are capable of taking on this new challenge. Then, have a small, but formal interview with the teacher, to finally, and officially, become an editor. All of our editors listed below have had the experience of the whole process of becoming what they are: our leaders of the journalism class.
“As a strength, I am very good at leading,” said Pamela Paredes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Howler. She oversees all of the editors and reporters as a whole. “I oversee everything, and really, am in charge of anything that comes in the way. I have to be the one that not only edits the articles, but also take charge in not bossing, but setting orders for the students in the journalism class to follow.” As a chief, Pam has a tight schedule: following the schedule, making the schedule, meeting with all of the editors, communicating with all of the editors, making sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing, etc. She is currently making progress on overcoming the weaknesses of being too honest or straight-forward sometimes. When placed in an allusion, Pam would be the principal of the whole school. This portrays how vital Pam is to the journalism class and how much she does to get things done and help all of the editors after her.
The Copy and Media Editor
“My main job is not only to do the normal editor stuff, but I have additional duties,” said Makenna Percy, the copy and media editor of The Howler. One of her jobs is to be in charge of the website, The Howler, overseeing what needs to be updated, changed, deleted, and keeping the website busy, enjoyable, and in a formal format for anyone to read. If we have any technical difficulties, we come to her.
“Basically, the definition of a copy editor would be almost like the editor-in-chief, but without the glory,” said Makenna Percy. As an editor, her job is to make sure her reporter’s do their work and ask questions whenever they need certain answers. She thinks that being one of the editors is a great experience for her, because it allows her to lead and be the head of some students, helping with grammar, and any questions her reporters might have.
“Although I would have to work on my lazy habits, I would say that my strengths are: design and grammar,” said Makenna Percy. When placed in the school allusion, Makenna would be the vice principal of the school, which makes her the second most important person in journalism class.
“Whether it’s in the process of editing, making the outline, or the final draft, Makenna really helps us in organizing our ideas and really putting them to the paper,” said Brenda Montes, a Junior who admits to struggling with grammar. Makenna helps her with the smallest details that need to be fixed in the articles that her group writes to make them perfect and enjoyable to read. “As she had said before to us, she could get a bit frustrated with us when we make very simple errors in our writing. As constructive criticism, she should not get frustrated, and just talk to us about it so we wouldn’t do the same problem again,” said Brenda Montes. It is a great experience having Makenna in class, because not only does she help, but she also offers her group somethings to laugh about.
The News Editor
“I thought it would be good to do something better and more challenging than to just follow my talents like writing.” says Marieanne Paniagua, the news editor of The Howler. Her job is to help correct and improve the writing of her peers. Although her weakness of procrastination gets in the way, as a freshman, Marieanne works hard to make the best of the articles before they are sent to get published in The Howler. Marieanne says that her strengths are writing and concocting new ideas; being creative is her way to go and motivate others through that. A short word that she would like to pass on to her reporters would be to “turn in your work on time and keep your papers organized with a title and your name on the paper.”
“Marieanne always gives me advice when I do not know what to do on a topic and is always on track with everything,” says Alex Gomez, a Junior. “She explains everything we need to do in a detailed way that makes me know exactly where I need to be.” As Alex Gomez explains, Marieanne is always on task and is a great help to her whole group.
The Features Editor
“I wanted something else to do, so I wouldn’t be just a regular reporter. I wanted to be something else, and that is why I became an editor,” said Celeste Duran, the features editor of The Howler. Celeste, also a freshman, is in charge of the features part of the articles, such as: feature and opinion and sports. As an editor, she corrects, improves, and offers new advice to those who need help on their writing skills. “I also check if their spelling is correct,” said Celeste Duran. Celeste often struggles with her weaknesses, just like any editor. However, writing and especially, being an editor, has proved to her that she is able to manage her time and complete her academic tasks.
“Whenever I have any questions on my article or just ideas in general, Celeste is right on key and is able to answer my questions,” says Leslie Lagunas, one of Celeste’s reporters. Leslie Lagunas says that whenever she thinks she has finished or has done a really good job in writing her article, Celeste would always find a mistake or something that she could add in her article to make it more engaging for the person to enjoy what they read.
Our “mini english teachers” do the best they can to keep The Howler updated, keep the articles flowing, and collaborate with one another to polish and publish the articles on the website.
Editor Board, 2017-2018
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