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Cooperation is the trait I learned the most this year on staff. Having to work with such close interactions between myself and the two others who were in charge of the back end meant that every single day whenever I had something to do, I always was communicating my progress with the other editors. I even spent 1 hour, four days a week working one on one with another editor to keep things in order. If I couldn't cooperate with the other editors, it would mean I can't do my job. Beyond editing in a tight knit circle of editors, on an everyday basis cooperation is imperative for a functioning newspaper between all staffers. Communicating with other students when you are managing them is a very tricky job. Staffers might be your seat partner in another class, your friends in other social circles, yet you are charged with managing them, assigning work and even grading them. In the workplace, managers and bosses are not your friends, their your boss and therefore the relationship between management and labor is much more clear cut. IN a high school newspaper the line is much more blurred. Your their friend in one class, yet their boss in another. A healthy relationship between editors and staffers, and just staffers and other staffers is reliant on tact, fairness and most of all cooperation.
Supplement your studying with video games
A well written example of how young journalists can intertwine their interests and their careers, this article features 5 video games that can coincide with historical time periods and reinforce historical concepts. Check it out for yourself.
Five shows the Dragon Press is still shedding tears over
Another example of how journalists can play their hobbies to their advantage, this article features a list of favorite shows that were prematurely canceled. Drawing on my personal knowledge of TV, I have watched and researched all of the TV shows thoroughly, and displayed an in depth knowledge of each in their descriptions. Also, art work from this piece and the previously mentioned Video Game articles are originals, displaying my ability to work all aspects of an article, from the art to the writing. Check it out for yourself.
BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Villa will not be returning next year
Not only is this article breaking news, but its also an article worked on with another student, portraying both my versatility as a journalist, covering both hard news articles and A&E articles, but also my ability to work as a team with other journalist, utilizing a divide and conquer strategy to churn out quality news articles with efficiency and speed. Check it out for yourself.
Every week for 2 hours a week I volunteer with Project Understanding to help underprivileged students in impoverished neighborhoods complete their homework and study for their classes when their parents are unable to help them, due to work, an inability to read English or any other unfortunate circumstances. So far I have tutored for over 150 hours, and I will have reached nearly 225 hours by the end of Senior year.
Going into my senior year of high school I will be the Co-President of Speech and Debate, hopefully leading our team to a successful year despite one of our Coaches leaving the school. In this last year I have been Vice President, and I have learned many new leadership tools, and prepared myself to take on the challenge of this next year, while still going undefeated in every league tournament, though unfortunately losing in the final round of the State Qualifying tournament.