“ Journalism can seem intense at times. I don't really like writing but it is an interesting class,” Samuel, a reporter, said.
Journalism the classroom where reporters work their best to write the article that will inform the students, staff members, and teachers about what's going at Samueli Academy but also Worldwide.
Mrs. Abuel teaches the class Journalism in room 101. Here is where all the reporters and editors brainstorm ideas that may appeal to the audience in the form of videos and articles.
In the journalism class there are many reports who write articles that are later published on The Howler, but where does it all begin?
“ It is an interesting class because I love to write and it is a really good experience. I find it interesting to write stories based on facts,” Amen, a fellow reporter, said.
In the journalism there are three groups consisted of reporters, who write the article in three different cycles. It all starts off with the pitch, where the ideas of new articles occur. From there the students move on to writing their who, what, when, where, whys, and hows, which is sometimes the backbone of the entire article. Next, they write their interview questions and interview their peers outside of class. Then, they start organizing their interviews and other ideas into an outline that will finally be turned into the articles you read on the Howler. Of course, we reporters don’t simply publish our articles that simple. We make sure that our work is at it’s finest by editing, checking the grammar, and also fact checking in peer edits. Even with trying to write articles in class, it can be fun and we do have our laughs. In journalism, we don’t just write the article but we learn to be professional when collaborating and communicating.
With a class with about at least twenty to maybe twenty-five students is can be difficult for the teacher to help everyone in class with their articles or to answer questions. That is why there are editors in the class who are in charge of the different topics of The Howler. The different topics are Student Life, Sports, Feature, and Opinion, as well as Arts, Trends, and Entertainment. There are Chas Donnelly the Editor in Chief, Rayne Marshall the Copy Editor, Aneal Singh the Media Editor, Sarah Guzman the Features & Opinions Editor, Nataly Arzate the Arts, Trends, and Entertainment Editor. With five editors, what is it like to be the editor for the class?
“ I think being an editor it comes with a lot of responsibility and you have to be in charge of people and it can be new at first but you get used to it. On Thursdays during x block we have meetings ton assure that we are up to date, “ Sarah continued saying, “ The journalism system relies on trust. This trust is given to the reports in hopes that they will get their work done with their best quality to be published, but sometimes people turn in their articles late and it does not fit the journalism standards.”
In summary, trust, respect, and responsibility are key in the journalism class. Editors trust that reports will be responsible turn in their articles on time in respect of not bothering Mrs. Abuel by turning it late. Even so, editors are not just there to pick out reporters flaws. They are there to help and to guide reports not only with their article but with other matters that bother them.
Journalism proves to be a great learning experience but at times reports do wish there was a change once in a while.
“I would like to continue the warm-ups and the lesson plans on how to write articles, but this time go step by step. We could have the workshop and frequently check up on the student's process. I think we-we should also be a bit more strict on deadlines,” Aneal, and the editor said.
“ I wish we had finger food on the tables were we sit at because writing is often stressful. And maybe even have music in the background to help us concentrate and write,” Samuel said.
There are many more suggestions the students have to improve the class, but some do seem out of hand. It is all up to Mrs. Abuel and the editors on what seems reasonable when it comes to helping the students and creating a better environment for them to work in.
In conclusion, Journalism can have its ups and downs but mostly ups. Even with the hard work and having to write articles, reports do broaden their knowledge with what’s going on around the world and also have the opportunity to make new relationships with the communication skills they earned in the class. If you do consider taking journalism what happens in journalism stays in journalism. Be Careful though, Mrs. Abuel might spill coffee on you if you don’t do your work.
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