In the four years I’ve been in journalism, I’ve found myself reminiscing on one past experience that the rest of the Chant staff has become all too familiar with:
On a crisp fall morning in November, a FedEx box arrived in the office. Inside were 300 copies of our latest issue, a black-and-white, eight-page issue. Opening it up to pages 4 and 5, a huge clip-art ghost and pumpkin covered the entire page, with the word “BOO!” bolded in all caps coming out of the ghost’s mouth. No article appeared on the entire page. It was probably single-handedly the most embarrassing moment in Chant history, affirming that our newspaper was indeed a joke.
Reflecting back on that time shows just how far we have come. Last year, for the first time in The Chant’s history, we produced six color twelve page issues and not once did we use a clipart drawing. We obtained a couple dozen subscriptions, several advertisements, and sponsorships that secured us a decent amount of funding. Most importantly, the quality of our articles improved tremendously, encouraging faculty and students to pick up a copy and read it while they ate their lunch or during their break.
This year’s Chant staff is determined to capitalize on our success from last year, in addition to the following goals:
- Staff Organization: Arii Sylvers, Raymond Roesler, and myself all unanimously agreed that organizing and outlining the roles of each staff member would increase the efficiency of the newspaper and decrease last minute problems. In collaboration with our faculty advisor, Mr. Robert Mossman, the Editorial Board created new positions, such as Business Manager, Copy Editor, Photo Editor and Online Editor, in order to streamline the production process and make the creation of the newspaper a little bit easier. In addition, the Editorial Board was re-organized so that Arii, Raymond and I would be in charge of three different sections of the newspaper, unifying the group as a whole and allowing fewer last minute problems and creating a clear go-to person.
- Online & the TGS Community: Each month we receive about three different local schools’ newspapers and compare them to our own. We quickly realized that all of them had an online website with advertisements and featured content. While we do technically have a website now, the editorial board decided that having a website with articles, photo galleries, and upcoming events will help us become a presence on campus that students, faculty, parents and alumni could go to to keep up with the latest news.
- Legacy: Since high school doesn’t last forever, it is important for the senior staff members to pass on their knowledge to new journalists. So while Raymond, Arii and I can write a 500 word article, layout a page within an hour, take pictures, and acquire advertisements last-minute, one of our main goals this year is to pass on as much of our knowledge as we possibly can to rising members of the journalism class in hopes that they can continue the work that we have done. The newspaper should continue to flourish, even when the seniors are gone, and with the group of journalists we have now, I am certain that the newspaper will only continue to grow.
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