Journalism Justified

In high school there are plenty of opportunities for different activities and clubs. Such as: choir, band, forensics, debate, sports, and even clubs like FCCLA.  All throughout high school I have had the opportunity to be part of the yearbook staff, and just this year the Cub Reporter staff as well. Being in journalism for three years has taught me a lot. One of the things it has taught me is that it is one of the most underappreciated groups in the school, right above the cheerleaders. In yearbook, we work hard all year to produce pages, stories, and pictures that the student body will appreciate, but many times appreciation is not what we get in return. Often we get, “you misspelled this word,” “I know FOR CERTAIN that I did not say that,” “this whole book isn’t impressive at all.” All things that can be upsetting to a hard-working student journalist. The same can be said for the Cub Reporter. “This magazine is horrible,” “it is only about one person,” “this is grammatically incorrect.” All things we have heard before.

Many people don’t realize all the hard work we put into the yearly book and the monthly magazine that you just toss aside without reading. The yearbook editors work hard in the summer to come up with themes, organize the classroom, and plan a boot camp for new incoming journalists. All that work for people to barely look at and toss aside. The Cub Reporter staff however, plans a budget meeting that goes over what will be written in the next issue and then gets less than eight days to get it done. Then they must finish design ideas in the next four days. All so that the monthly magazine can be here at the beginning of that particular month. When our productions actually do come out, people don’t read it to figure out the stories we have written, they read it to figure out which word we misspelled.

In three years of being involved in the different staffs, I never have heard, “Wow! What a cool article!” “That picture you took is really awesome!” or even “I liked your article, it made me think of it in a different way.” The only response we ever get includes, our spelling errors, or our invalid opinion. Often people forget that this is our homework that we willingly publish and share for all of the whole school to see, we don’t need our spelling error pointed out to us, just as you probably wouldn’t want us to do the same to your last english essay. Also, we are humans we make mistakes, not everything we publish is going to be 100% perfect, nor would yours.

So I plead you, please don’t make fun of, point out, or post on social media the mispelled errors that happen in the publication made for your enjoyment. No, you don’t have to agree with what we say in our articles, we just ask you don’t criticize us for being human. Next time you pick up a magazine or yearbook and begin to judge the writing style or mistakes, think about the all the hard work, time, and effort that was put into producing it.