From choosing the name of Richard Winn Academy’s returning newspaper to deciding what to include, launching The Eagle Eye News brought quite a new experience to our school. Martha Ladd, along with five high school students, made up the original staff. Selecting columns and subjects to feature were just one of the many tasks at hand.
Before the first issue we anticipated the difficulty in appealing to a wide reading audience (elementary to high school students). We divided the sections, and by adapting individual columns, became immersed in student life.
For instance, Jordan Parris became well-informed on the football and volleyball games for sports coverage. Cassie Rae Cantrell and Victoria Durham focused on current and upcoming school events and student/teacher features to include. Catherine Mann chose activities and games to appear in the Entertainment Section.
As novices, the newspaper staff always appreciates advice from other news writers. Kevin Boozer spoke with us about the credentials of running a newspaper. Not only did he give tips for gathering information in interviews and writing the stories, but he also shared his experiences and challenges as a fellow writer. He stressed the importance of becoming experienced in every subject in the newspaper.
With the new quarter, the staff grew to ten high school students. New members are Austin Costenbader, Anna Grey Walters, Madison Spang, Creighton Ellison, and Erin Johnson. We are all grateful for the opportunity to be reporters of sorts. With each issue new subjects, features, and challenges present themselves. This seventh period enrichment class gives us the opportunity to practice writing skills and simply bond in piecing the work together. I am excited to see what newsworthy material next school semester will bring.
The Eagle Eye