Believe it or not, each issue of The Gregorian Chant requires a significant amount of planning, energy, and time. If anything, this process was only exacerbated for the special, one of a kind holiday issue published on April 1.
The seeds of a satirical issue of the school newspaper were planted far before its April Fools debut. In fact it was nearly a year ago, when a teacher offhandedly remarked that the school newspaper was so excessively negative it might as well be called “The Gregorian Rant.”
Rather than being offended, we thought it was actually a fantastic name. We even considered renaming the paper altogether, but that seemed too extreme.
From then on it became a joke of sorts among The Gregorian Chant staff. It wasn’t until the beginning of this school year though that the idea of actually publishing a genuine satirical version of the newspaper became a cemented plan.
When we discovered that April Fools was not only a school day but also a Friday, the opportunity seemed too perfect to pass up.
While of course we wanted the issue to be comedic and both poke good-natured fun at ourselves as well as our school in general, educationally it also offered a valuable opportunity for our staff to practice and apply new forms of writing.
Coming up with and composing satirical articles that are funny, relevant, and not malicious is an art, and it is one Mr. Mossman relished the chance to teach us.
Furthermore, satirical writing is far from without a purpose. Comedy can be just as powerful a tool for change as it is for laughs.
One of the most exceptional characteristics not only of journalism in general but also our own school program is the chance it provides us to come together and analyze our school – its trends, interests, environment, and more.
We become self-aware of our own community, and no doubt practicing different types of journalism actually helped us understand how we report about the school and how to improve what we already do.
In any case, I believe I speak for all of us when I say that The Gregorian Rant made us laugh regularly when we worked on it. We hope it had the same effect on our readers.
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