By Natalie Stephens
(Photo taken by Natalie Stephens in Journalism)
“Students have the expression to research, interview, and develop their creative writing and skills regarding fact finding, truth seeking and reporting.” - Mrs. Sharon Fonzo
In journalism students are given the opportunity to write about things important to them, things that interest them, there able to have an outlet to find a topic they're passionate about and write and report truth and facts. Justin Wing, a freshman in journalism said, “ Journalism means a lot to me because it’s a place where you can come to and really be yourself and you can write about creative topics and learn.”
More and more schools are removing journalism as an elective because the administration or the schools don't see the value in student journalism; they don't see the value of students creating, developing and researching quality work. But students need to have news literacy, they need to know what they're reading is real or not. Students should trust the news but shouldn't have to question it all the time because of fake news, but with a new generation we can make a more honest group of journalist, we can change the media and create a new source you don’t see today. We need journalist that will exercise their right of the freedom of the press.
Without journalism many students wouldn't be able to express themselves the same. Gabriella Ramos, a Sophomore, said her freshman year was rough for her and she wanted to find a place where she fit in, what she wanted to do, who she wanted to be. Gabriella found her passion in journalism.
Justin Wing, a Freshman, said in 8th grade he really enjoyed writing and wanted to improve. On top of that he was really into politics, watching the news and knowing what’s going on in the world, but he wanted to know things for sure, he wanted to know if he was getting the truth. When he received an email about joining a journalism class at Poston he was all for it.
Gabriella Ramos said “ Journalism is a group of students passionate about writing the truth and facts, getting to voice our opinions, whether it’s good or bad we're honest, we have accurate sources and facts.”
Having a Journalism program gives students the opportunity to be more informed on what’s going on in our school; it breaks that barrier of the known and unknowns. It helps students communicate with people that they would have never met and create new friendships that they would never have had; it helps students to understand the concepts of writing, interviewing, libel and slander and many other topics. Journalism gives students a voice.