Journalism expectations vs reality

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Samantha Wray works on her yearbook spread during fourth period.

Samantha Wray works on her yearbook spread during fourth period.

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Samantha Wray works on her yearbook spread during fourth period.

Samantha Peterson, Writer

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Many people think in journalism all you do is write and it’s boring. In journalism you get to take pictures, help make the yearbook, interview people, and get to express yourself. Although on the outside it seems pretty dull, there are many benefits and fun activities that come along.

The things people outside of journalism see is the students going around interviewing people, their finished articles on the Corbett Chronicle and the completed product of the yearbook.

“I know you do yearbook, learn writing skills and learn journalism,” said McKenna Mussi, a 7th grade student outside of journalism.

Journalism is split into two classes, Journalism 1 and Journalism 2. The difference is in journalism 1, it’s a mix of 7th and 8th graders and they get to write, interview people, and get projects to get ready for journalism 2.  In J2, only 8th graders can take the class because they have to take J1 to be able to join. J1 is to warm the students up to make the yearbook for next year. To make the yearbook, they need at be able to take good pictures, write good short captions and be able to organize everything into the one book, and in J1 they learn how to do that.

“I like journalism 2 more because you get to put together how the year goes with your perspective and with the help of others,” said Samantha Wray, a J2 student.

In journalism, most students say it’s an easy and relaxing course. Being able to take pictures is enjoyable for some, while writing and interviewing is more fun for others.

“What I like most is being able to take pictures and interview people because you get to do things in your perspective,” said Wray.

Journalism can also help benefit students with jobs in the future. When an employer hires somebody, there has to be good questions so see if the person is qualified for the job. It also helps students learn how to carry on a conversation with people they don’t know.

“In almost any career, you have to ask people questions, and you have to research things in a way,” said Wray.

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