Fall 2016 Reflection

As a part of the Gazette stuff this fall, I have learned how to flourish in my position as a Green Screen editor, since my past editing experience had been in the Features category. I had always been fond of creating illustrations using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, so being a part of Green Screen has helped me embrace that passion. In the process, I have learned how to use new tools in the two programs in order to assist with page design. As a Green Screen Editor, the page load is much larger, which I was not used to. Previously, as a Features editor, I was used to only having to edit 2 pages per issue. In Green Screen, I have had to learn to balance up to 5 pages at a time. Because of this, I have learned to manage my time more efficiently and refrain from procrastinating, which has helped me finish things by the deadline, even with a heavier load.

My favorite article that I wrote this issue was my article about the long term effects of Every 15 Minutes. It was my first front page article, and I was really passionate about the topic which made it really fun to write. I genuinely enjoyed hearing what the interviewees had to say about the subject and formulating a story around their answers. I was actually curious as to whether the effects of Every 15 Minutes, a program to prevent drunk driving, really resonated among our students here at Granite Bay High School. The story worked out well even though it was a tough deadline, but the only thing I would change is who I interviewed. It was difficult to find people with different views on the topic which led to a slightly one-sided view, which was okay, but the story could have been improved if there were multiple views to provide a more balanced article.

In the future, I plan to graduate high school and attend a 4-year university. I am unsure of where I want to go, but my top two choices are the University of Southern California and the University of Washington. In the spring, however, I plan to spend one last semester on the Gazette staff as a Green Screen editor. I hope to enter some competitions and attend the national journalism convention in New York with my fellow staffers.

For new people who are joining the staff, I would advise them not to get discouraged in the first few weeks. Journalistic writing is different from the writing that is done in English classes, which many are not aware of when they enroll in the class, and it can be difficult transitioning into a new style of writing. It is important to have patience while learning, because once they get the hang of it, it can become something that they really enjoy. It took me a while to get into the swing of things on the Gazette staff and to really start enjoying it, so I hope that the new staffers will have the patience to stick with it and allow the class to help them grow in the same way that it has helped me grow.

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