Foothill's math and science scores fall behind. This story represented a lot of research, as all of my stories do; that is my true potential as a journalist. Especially given that our platform is the web, thorough research has often been sacrificed in the name of speed. One edit needed to be made to provide additional context for the argument, but it was made swiftly and without hesitation because I'm not afraid to have my own work proofread. And as an opinion piece, it presents a clear point of view that is backed by the extensive research, without summarily assigning blame for the sake of creating controversy, and offering some ideas on how to improve the situation rather than simply complaining. It is currently on the list of most read opinion stories, which spans both years of publication.
Anti-gay bullies a thread even in tolerant communities. I did not actually write this article, but rather provided graphics and a text pop-out. The graphs themselves were not difficult to create, but they demonstrate my ability as a journalist in new media. The guest speaker that reviewed the site mentioned these graphs specifically as a reason the Dragon Press is ahead of the rest. They enhance the site and benefit other journalists as well as myself with additional visual resources for their work. Where other high schools embrace new media by adding in additional overused Web 2.0 techniques, we have graphic representation of data, using our highly visual culture to support the validity of our articles.
Almost Midnight: Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows. This story demonstrates my range as a writer in journalism. Though I am in the Opinion section, the premiere of a movie that has become iconic to our generation needed to be covered, and it had fallen to me. I stepped up to the challenge and came in the next day, completely exhausted, to type up my thoughts. There was no need to review the film itself, because everyone and their mother already had. I instead wrote about the experience of attending a midnight premiere, attempting to put the reader in my place to feel the chill in the air and hear the hum of eager voices waiting in line. It was a departure from my usual writing, and indeed, a departure from the usual Dragon Press style of covering an event, but it was all the better for its uniqueness.