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Blog: Is there a contest for the newspaper staff that’s entered the most contests?

Blog: Is there a contest for the newspaper staff that’s entered the most contests?

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

March 9, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: Boy, has this been a busy week or what? This week, Kristina, Hanna and I have been working on various contest entries for JEMKC (Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City). One of the contest involves submitting individual entries of our staff's best work. This includes categories...

Blog: The importance of flexibility

Blog: The importance of flexibility

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

March 1, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: When you're producing a newspaper, structure is crucial. Turning in drafts on set deadlines, attending our bimonthly Monday worknights and following standard cycle procedures are just a few examples of things that all staff members understand are expectations. However, the journalism...

Blog: Only slackers need snow days

Blog: Only slackers need snow days

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

February 24, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: Who doesn't love a nice, relaxing snow day, right? Wrong. Well, at least for members of the newspaper staff. We just started issue six, and as it is already a super short deadline, the snow days are really putting a damper on our abilities to get a lot done. Short worknight, which...

Blog: The importance of editing

Blog: The importance of editing

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

February 10, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: When someone is an editor for a newspaper, it's obviously their duty to edit. Whether it be copy, secondary copy, designs, photos or captions, editing is crucial. Our last issue, for some reason, we had an unusual problem with typos. This was out of character for our staff, who usually...

Blog: JagWire covers

Blog: JagWire covers

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

February 2, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS

Austin speaking: Last year, many of JagWire's covers were illustrations done by our beast of an artist, 2012 graduate Adam Henderson. While he always did an awesome job and is beyond talented, us three editors decided we preferred having photo illustrations on our covers. A photo illustration is e...

Blog: The power of fonts

Blog: The power of fonts

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

January 25, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Note from Hanna: Disregard the order of these blogs. They were written out of order. For clarification, see "Hanna speaking." Austin speaking: It's clearly no secret that our whole staff is overjoyed with our new Mac computers. However, there is one teeny weeny problem with them: no fonts. For...

Blog: Here comes goodbye

Blog: Here comes goodbye

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski and Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

January 18, 2013


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS

Austin speaking: What a sad week this has been. Our staff was forced to say goodbye to our ads manager, Austin Gude, and one of our reporters, Kate Schau. Gude decided to become a part-time student and Kate left staff because she needed to attain a health credit. As bummed as I am to have lost two...

Blog: Halfway done with volume 13

Blog: Halfway done with volume 13

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

December 16, 2012


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: Today our fourth issue arrived. As happy as I am because it turned out so great, with it also comes some sadness; it officially marks the halfway point of Volume 13 of the JagWire. I never expected the school year to fly by so fast, and with that comes a year full of newspaper as...

Blog: Pitching story ideas

Blog: Pitching story ideas

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

December 7, 2012


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: Pitching story ideas is always one of the most fun parts about newspaper. After we send an issue to the press, we immediately get to work on the next. Basically, everyone fills out a sheet with ideas for each section of the paper. We sit in the conference room down the hall from the...

Blog: Our monthly motivation

Blog: Our monthly motivation

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski, Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

November 30, 2012


Filed under LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: When you're running a newspaper, it's important to avoid letting staff members sit around and deliver mediocre work. It's not that we're having this problem with all of our enthusiastic staffers, but it's surely something we want to avoid. To ensure they are all putting forth their...

Blog: Short cycle stress

Blog: Short cycle stress

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski and Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

November 20, 2012


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS, OPINION

Austin speaking: For issue three, because of Thanksgiving Break, our cycle was one week shorter. Upon realizing how short of a cycle we had before we began working, I was feeling a bit frantic. Our staffers' abilities have definitely continued to improve and they are certainly getting the hang of...

Blog: Our eight seconds of fame

Blog: Our eight seconds of fame

Austin Gillespie, Kristina Milewski and Hanna Torline, JagWire editors-in-chief

November 11, 2012


Filed under BLOGS, LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS

Austin speaking: Today, for the first time ever, Mill Valley filmed a school-wide lip dub. A lip dub is basically when all of the different sports, activities and clubs of the school lip sync to a song, which is filmed in a single take. Filming it was really fun and I'm eager to see how it turns...

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