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Week 15: The struggle for news

Week 15: The struggle for news

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

November 27, 2011


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Preparing for the fourth issue, what some staff members call the "Christmas Issue," is always difficult because story ideas are few and far between, but the staff must still produce a 20-page issue. Sarah speaking: Although some staff members like to call this next issue the Christmas one, it is...

Week 14: Experiences at convention

Week 14: Experiences at convention

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

November 20, 2011


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This past week at convention has been a great learning experience for us as well as the members of our staff that went along. We are excited to bring back all of the information we learned to our staff. We both plan on bringing back a new-found enthusiasm for journalism that we can share with our staff....

Week 13: Getting the website and paper ready for competition

Sarah Darby and Jill Applegate, editors-in-chief

November 13, 2011


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In our last couple of blogs, we talked about the upcoming journalism convention in Minneapolis. As part of the convention, school papers can submit their websites as well as their print newspaper to be judged at the convention. At the end of the convention, the top 10 in each category are announced and...

Week 12: Meeting with the staff

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

November 6, 2011


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This past week, we've met with every member that was new to the staff this year as well as with our editors, all to check up and see how things are going. For each person, we wrote some positive reinforcement as well as some things they could work on. We really used this time to address certain issues...

Week 11: Feelin’ kind of famous

Sarah Darby and Jill Applegate, editors-in-chief

October 30, 2011


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Last week, our paper got an email from a school in Michigan asking for website advice. For our website only being in its second year of existence, it is amazing that schools are looking to us for recommendations. Sarah speaking: I have never been so excited to be nerdy then when the Michigan school...

Week 10: Issue two

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

October 23, 2011


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Issue two has been another issue for us to test out new things. We tried some different methods for getting our content done and on the pages in a timely manner.  Instead of having the staff stay until 9 p.m. on a Monday night in order to finish the pages, we got everything done by 7 p.m. and were...

Week nine: Twitter trouble

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

October 16, 2011


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In the last month or so, our Twitter has been the victim of some spur of the moment tweets and an editor-in-chief who is maybe overly excited to spread the word about the publication. Two tweets have been accidentally been posted from the mvjagwire Twitter prompting some awkwardness among Twitter followers...

Week eight: Covering Homecoming

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

October 9, 2011


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Last year, Homecoming and the ensuing madness was a highly covered topic of the newspaper. It was talked about in almost every issue in some way. To us, it felt like the topic that the school was talking the most about, and that we should mirror that viewpoint with our coverage of it. While collectively...

Week seven: 344 views

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

September 30, 2011


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Since the beginning of the school year, our staff has tried to advertise our website as best as we could. We established social media for the site by creating a Twitter and Facebook fan page to help us connect with our readers. We filled the school with posters prompting students to Tweet at us, and a few...

Week six: Issue one

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

September 24, 2011


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Yesterday, the first issue finally came out. This month has been a struggle trying to balance between teaching everyone the things they need to know to be successful for this year, while having them attempting to apply those skills at the same time. Overall, it has been a very successful issue. Everyone...

Week five: Constructive criticism

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

September 16, 2011


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Rewarding your peers for a job well done is easy and fun to do. As an editor-in-chief, praise is often needed to motivate staff members and just encourage those who are working hard. However, in many cases, constructive criticism is necessary but difficult to communicate. Sarah speaking: I admire...

Week four: The website launch

Jill Applegate and Sarah Darby, editors-in-chief

September 9, 2011


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As it turns out, last year was somewhat of a test run for our website. It was brand new and we tried our best to get it up and running. But with it being created halfway through the summer, it posed some issues having solid plans in place to get content up every day.  This year, we knew what we wanted...

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