Last week, we at the Chickasaw Journal met with the Journalism class at Houston High School to discuss the possibility of getting them featured in our publication.
They were incredibly excited about the prospect, and began planning the kind of work they wanted to do.
How often do you pay attention to student journalists and their work? Unless they are related to you, probably not a whole lot. However, they work extremely hard and put everything they have into their work.
So do professional journalists, but professionals usually don’t have the added pressure of classes on them. Remember, students must take other classes on top of their journalistic pursuits. Viewed from that perspective, student journalists’ work seems a bit more impressive.
It can also be difficult for them since writing styles differ. English courses in both high school and college use MLA-formatted writing, but journalists use AP Style-formatted writing.
These are two vastly different styles, and student journalists have to manage both while trying not to cross the two. Speaking from personal experience, this can be quite the challenge.
There is also the issue of other subjects such as math or science. Some people deal better with words than numbers and formulas. However, student journalists must pass both science and math courses in high school and college while still committing to a journalism career.
Finally -- and this is the big one, the one that personally was the hardest -- there must be intelligent time management. Journalists spend countless hours interviewing people, covering events, taking pictures and writing stories. Couple this with their course load, and they usually have a pretty demanding schedule.
So in short, keep in mind that student journalists put a lot of tine, thought and effort into their work, and they deserve our recognition.