Oak Ridge Media

Why Journalism?

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“The best part of being in journalism is being able to create great things you didn’t even know you were capable of.”

–Corali Diaz (’15)

“The best part of journalism would be the fact that you have an excuse to listen to gossip and be nosey in order to figure out the truth of it.”
–Josue Figueroa (’15)

“The best part about being in journalism is going around school interviewing and meeting new people. Oh, and the awesome conventions.”
–Nick Briganti (’15)

The best part of journalism for me would be interviewing people I meet and learning new things from the people I interview. The main thing I have learned would be self responsibility: to handle and finish the job I was given. Even if I wasn’t to pursue journalism, self responsibility taught me not to be lazy and to depend on others but rather on myself. This will make me a better worker for my future career.”
–Daniel Mezquite (’14)

“The best part of being in journalism is that it’s made me more involved in school activities. I rarely go outside of my comfort zone, and journalism really helps with that. I do plan on having journalism as a minor in college and possibly a career choice. This class is giving me the pre-experience I’m going to need.”
–Daniele Larose (’14)

“The best part of taking journalism has been the whole experience. I enjoy all the trips that we’ve gone on, learning how to use a camera the proper way, getting to meet new people and learning to write better. I’ve learned skills that will help me in the future. Students should at least take this class once and see how much they will fall in love with it. This is my first year in journalism, and I already want to minor in journalism.”
–Kethia Koery (’14)

“The best part of being in journalism was meeting a whole group of new people with different personalities and making special bonds with them. Because I joined journalism, I also got so much more involved in school. I’ve learned a lot since I first started, not only about journalism and how it all goes down but also about life. Ms. Bennett is an amazing teacher and probably the only one I’ll truly remember when I’m older.”
–Crystal Sanchez (’14)

“The best part of being in journalism is learning to be good in everything that it has to offer and becoming beyond close with people who share the same passion as you.  For future reference, I’ll be able to cope under tons of stress and pick up after people’s slack. Also, I’ll know how to get five interviews in under 45 minutes and make a website that’ll have people coming back everyday. Journalism is not the easy “A” class or where all we do is take pictures and skip class. Journalism is accepted stalking, where no one judges you for you, but for what you put out. If I wouldn’t have turned in an application, I would’ve never been on a football field taking pictures of a player’s last game before his big injury or covering our security upgrade after a devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Yeah, the whole staff may not all want to become News 13 reporters or the next group of paparazzi to follow Channing Tatum, but we all want to give the student body and staff a book that holds a year’s worth of memories. A year that they can look back at when they’re 30 something or comparing fashion trends with their kids. Whether it’s said or not, there’s a spot for anyone on staff who’s dedicated and willing to learn what journalism is really about and I’m glad that I have.”
–Mariel Vega (’14)

“The best part about being in journalism is meeting all types of different people with different personalities, opinions and ways of life who open up your perspective on some things. From going to different camps to being a part of the National Scholastic Press Association, I have met and learned tons of exciting things from different journalists and future journalists. It boosted my school spirit and took me out of my shell and got me involved so much more within my school.”
–Cristina Martinez (’14)

“In journalism class, I learned plenty of things. I learned that on cameras, they have different settings for light and manipulating angles while taking pictures. Every time I take pictures, either when I’m at the beach or at the mall with friends, I know I need to change the ISO of the camera to take in the exact amount of light I want, even if it’s a still or action photo. If I could re-do my senior year, I wouldn’t. I loved taking journalism. It was a fun class, and I learned a ton of stuff. I wish Ms. Bennett would’ve been at Oak Ridge before so I could’ve learned even more. i’m proud of the work I did and how hard I worked. It’s all about hard work and moving to the top to be great.”
–Cynthia Lopez (’12)


High School Journalism Matters
Research conducted for the NAA Foundation provides clear evidence that student journalists earn better high school grades, perform at higher levels on college entrance exams and receive higher grades in college writing and grammar courses than students who lack that experience. The “High School Journalism Matters” study builds on previous NAA Foundation research showing that students who work on their high school newspapers or student-oriented sections of their hometown papers and who use newspapers in class or for homework are more engaged in civic activities, better educated and more involved citizens as they grow older.

Why Every Student Should Learn the Skills of a Journalist
This article gives some great justification points on why journalism in the high school curriculum is important.

 School Activities Have Been Linked to Achievement After Graduation
A four-page handout, “Benefits of High School Activities,” from the Iowa High School Athletic Association,with excerpts are taken from “The Case for High School Activities” published by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Dear Students, Even If You Don’t Read a Newspaper, You Should Work At One
This article from the Huffington Post, written by a media adviser at Florida Atlantic University, details numerous reasons why and how working on student media prepares students for a job in almost any industry.

 Resolution of the Importance of Journalism Courses and Programs in English Curricula
A National Council of Teachers of English resolution on the importance of journalism courses and programs in English curricula approved by the NCTE Board of Directors or the NCTE Executive Committee adopted at the 2004 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also includes a comprehensive works cited bibliography.

ASJMC Statement on the Value of Scholastic Media
The Association of Schools of Journalism 
and Mass Communication
Secondary Education Committee
adopted position statement on the value of scholastic media. In 2008, ASJMC sent this to high school principals across the country, as well as to state scholastic press associations and other organizations concerned about scholastic media.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).

Journalism Requires Civic Engagement
A JEA Press Rights Commission blog post by retired journalism teacher Jane Blystone, who also is a school board member, detailing her belief that journalism is a global discipline because it incorporates many skills found in other disciplines.

The student news site of Oak Ridge High School
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