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Power of voice

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Tristin Bleadorn
Various journalism students work diligently during their third block class on different tasks to create the yearbook, newspaper, and broadcast.

     The power of a story is hard to ignore. They can shape worlds, motivate change, and connect communities. Diving into the truth not only allows one to sharpen their skills, but also enables the goal of creating stories that resonate with readers in hopes of creating a lasting impact. Whether one knows anything regarding journalism and what it’s used for, it can have long-lasting benefits for everyone’s future. In the high school specifically, it allows students to develop strong communication along with critical thinking skills. 

     Reporting on school events and issues, students keep their classmates, teachers, and overall district informed with current topics. Jennifer Byers, counselor, took part in her high school journalism program. She said, “It’s critical to have that student perspective.” Creating this open environment where students can get their voices heard and share ideas and opinions is very important because it can help the district grow. Not having this course would result in a divided and less connected school. Byers said, “As a new staff member, it gives me a better insight and allows me to get to know people better.” Being able to check in on school activities, weekly broadcasts, or entire stories allows everyone the opportunity to have a well-balanced and informative space.

     This topic isn’t only great in a high school setting, however. It is also a good way for students to explore potential career opportunities. It can help build a portfolio that would be beneficial for college applications or job interviews. Social media plays a big role in this as well because giving the information that’s needed for any activity drives more attention to them, which allows there to be more student involvement. Byers said, “Colleges like seeing that involvement; it shows students are good writers and can find appropriate sources.” Being able to write or share information with unbiased perspectives is everything. 

     Journalism is an amazing space to share opinions, creativity, and develop successful skills. This topic isn’t just writing; there’s way more to it. One can schedule interviews, broadcast news, edit, learn the ins and outs of social media, photography, and much more. Anyone interested in the idea should try it because it can be very impactful for anyone’s future. Showing employers or professors how involved one can be is wonderful.

     At the high school, the journalism team is always looking for people who seek any interest or curiosity in the newspaper world. Byers said, “Having a larger activity fair could be a way to get students information and may be intrigued enough to try out.” Having a day where we have all clubs, outside-of-school activities, and sports in an area can be very informative. Not just journalism would gain from this, but all activities coming together connecting the school. The topic of journalism often goes under the radar, as many people don’t realize how big and meaningful it is, especially as a career. Students interested in the topic should at least try Journalism I (the prerequisite class) as a rundown on what journalism is at the high school. Overall, it’s a fun experience that will allow one to learn so much to provide a better future for themselves. It’s encouraged by anyone who’s passionate about anything regarding journalism, or if one wants to feel more connected, join and try it out, and help create memorable experiences within the community.

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