Spring 2017 Reflection

As a green screen editor during my final year on the gazette stuff, I didn’t think there would be much left for me to learn in terms of technical things. But I was absolutely wrong. On the New York trip at the CSPA Convention, I learned an immense amount of information on how to improve our newspaper during an on-site critique. The most valuable critique we received was how to make The Gazette more visually appealing to readers, which I took with a stride and implemented in future green screen editions of the paper. For example, I learned that illustrations are not as effective as an actual photograph and can be an unnecessary waste of space. After hearing that from the critic, I, along with the rest of the editors, began going out and taking more pictures for our pages and engaging in more active journalism.

This year I chose to branch out and write more news stories which helped get my writing onto A1. An article I wrote covering Every 15 Minutes was the article I took most pride in this year. It was a slightly controversial view of E15M since the overall question in the article was whether the program actually has an affect on the students. I enjoyed writing this piece because I personally had a general curiosity about the topic as well. The only thing I would have done differently is I would have talked to the interviewees in person had it been possible, since digital interviews are not always the best quality. I would have likely received much more emotional responses on this particular topic if I had interviewed them face-to-face.

I will be graduating this coming Saturday and then will be headed to UC Berkeley in the fall. I definitely did not ever expect be typing those last five words but it’s happening. I plan to pursue communications and media studies at Cal and hopefully get an MBA after college. The overall goal is to potentially get into the communications management side of large corporations. I would also like to write and edit for the Daily Cal in college. 

Dear newbies,

The criticism can be rough the first one or two issues, but once you get the hang of it, I promise you’ll really get into the class like we all did. Journalism can be really rewarding, but also really disheartening at times. My biggest piece of advice is to go with your gut when you are writing/editing something and always, always ask your editors for help if you need it. That’s what they’re there for.


An ode to social media

An ode to social media

While much of the older generation has the notion that social media and technology has a negative impact on my generation, and though I do not completely disagree, I’m beginning to realize how powerful it is in keeping my peers and I connected.

  Especially as a senior who is about to graduate, I am just now digesting the idea that I may never see many of these 500 or so faces ever again. Not without social media at least.

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A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class

A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class

  When it was formally announced that an online personal finance course would become a graduation requirement for the class of 2016 and onwards, a virtual groan could be heard from the students at Granite Bay High.

  Parents, however, believed that the course was much needed and would provide their children with the necessary knowledge to manage their finances in the future.

  The course was first implemented in the fall of 2015 for the seniors in the class of 2016 to complete by the end of their senior year.

  Now, the course is made available to students at the beginning of their junior year and is required to be completed by mid-April of their senior year, giving students roughly a year and a half to fulfill the requirement.

  If students do not finish the course, they risk not being able to graduate and missing numerous senior events, such as Senior Ball and the senior picnic.

  Although 18 months seems like plenty of time, many students still find themselves in the spring of their senior year without having completed the requirement. Continue reading “A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class”

ArtStreet Sacramento proves to be a major attraction for GBHS students

ArtStreet Sacramento proves to be a major attraction for GBHS students

  The only thing that might be better than art is a street full of it.

  Sacramento’s ArtStreet proved to be a major attraction among Granite Bay High School students in the month of February.

  The project, officially named ArtStreet, was organized by M5Arts, a new organization dedicated to promoting the work of both local and global artists.

  The 65,000 square foot attraction was centered around an old warehouse in downtown Sacramento and featured an exhibit full of art both inside and outside the premises. Continue reading “ArtStreet Sacramento proves to be a major attraction for GBHS students”

The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS

The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS

  Over the past few years, our world has experienced a substantial surge in technology, creating a relatively new requirement in the job realm for both students and adults across the globe.

  Without computer skills, it has become increasingly difficult to attain entry-level jobs in various fields, including business and media.

  Businesses have begun to prefer workers who are able to effectively problem solve using the resources that they have, especially in the world of technology.

  To equip students with such skills as they enter the workforce, schools, such as Granite Bay High School, have begun incorporating optional computer classes into their curriculum.

  At the moment, GBHS has a total of four computer-based courses available for students to take on campus.

  These classes include Information Technology Essentials (GBiT), Technology Leadership (GBiT), Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles and Exploring Computer Science. All four of these classes are taught by GBHS staff member Marc Imrie. Continue reading “The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS”

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.

Harry Potter Saga continues as its sequel hits theaters on November 18th

Harry Potter Saga continues as its sequel hits theaters on November 18th

  Most people have at least heard of the Harry Potter series, written by British author J.K. Rowling, whether they have read the books and watched the movies or not.

  However, not everyone knows about “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”, a short guide that was released by Rowling in 2001 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander.

  Newt Scamander is a fictitious character mentioned in the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

  The short book is meant to be a  reproduction of a textbook used by Harry and his friends in the first book, and it discusses Magizoology: the study of magical creatures introduced throughout the Harry Potter series.

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