This was an event that I felt a bit more strongly about than usual, which shows that an opinion writer should take into account how strongly they care about the subject they write. This is one of two articles of mine that are currently online, but this article depicts exactly what I look for when I read opinion pieces: some reference to a current event that can be tied in to the main point, a main point, quality of writing, and recognition of the other side of the argument. Not all arguments are one-sided; some simply choose to ignore it. That is the kind of behavior I desire to avoid in the Dragon Press, and this article is an example of what I want from the staff.
This story must have been submitted to me at least three times for editing because I would always find new ways to make this wonderful article even better. At first it started out very mediocre: uninteresting title, grammatical mishaps and slight straw-manning of the other side of the argument were present when I first read it. Not only did I revise several sentences, I also talked with the writer (who was in this case Katie Elvin) about exactly how to make her argument against violent video games more effective, ranging to providing more examples to recognizing rather than criticizing the other side of her argument. The article, in its final draft, turned into something I could be proud of on the site.
A brief summary of first quarter and what to expect of the rest of the year, and perhaps something the section can do more of. Similar in concept to the A&E's "Top 10 of '10", this piece was more of a listing of things that have potential to be interesting compared to the more serious tones of the majority of pieces, which look for a problem and bring attention to it. This article also delves into a bit about values that students should uphold, and though I believe that is shouldn't be used all the time we should nevertheless be aware that we hold certain common values as students by just enrolling in FTHS. Overall, now that I look at is again, this piece is alright for a first publication on my part.