Blessing in disguise

Anabella Aguilar, Staff Reporter

Journalism 101

Journalism class can be described as one thing and one thing only: a blessing in disguise. 

What started as a schedule change and what I decided to “try out” became one of my most interesting classes through which multiple lessons were learned. 

At first, the stress was unimaginable as I was constantly thinking to myself: “Is this reporting good enough?

Am I writing too much like an essay?

Am I citing information correctly?”

These beginners’ questions were perfectly normal considering my lack of journalistic knowledge.

The more I came to class, the more I realized how interested I was in reporting, learning about current events, and learning a distinct writing style.

Before this class, I was dumbfounded when asked what was going on in my surroundings.

I can now confidently say that I am aware of most aspects of what is going on in the world today.

I have realized the importance of learning about current events and analyzing articles to find what is right and what is wrong.

The Prax Staff Reporter

Reporting for The Prax at Loretto has given me great responsibility and power because I have been able to voice my fellow classmates’ concerns.

When taking into account this leadership position, I try my best to interview different girls depending on the story I will inform my readers about.

It is also very important to remain unbiased and list all the facts without any words that can be taken out of context for the benefit of certain people’s personal opinions.

This has definitely been a challenging role to take on, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The class at a glance

This course consists of a daily routine of sharing the news with fellow classmates.

There are many other concepts to learn, such as the journalism basics regarding headlines, tenses, photo captions, and quotes.

Later, by following the good examples of journalists and learning from the bad, you get a real 3-D picture of what not to do and why.

Although I learned how to write all different types of front-page news, I can confidently say that I can write amazing obituaries and editorials.

Tips and Tricks

If you are considering this course, I would 100% recommend it.

This has definitely been one of the best learning experiences I have gotten the chance to take part in, and it would be amazing if I could do it again next year!

I would recommend this class to enhance your determination, time management skills, social skills, and creative writing skills.

An essential tip I would’ve loved to have gotten is to simply enjoy the moment instead of worrying about what I was doing wrong because journalism is a learning experience with a lot of writing freedom.

One last thank you

I am sure that what has most helped me persevere in this class are my peers and experienced teacher.

Thank you to the nine girls that made Journalism period seven the best class that balanced good laughs and constructive criticism during PQP’s (praise-question-polish).

Finally, thank you to the mastermind behind it all, Mrs. Lockhart.

Thank you for always teaching this class with the best attitude, for showing us the best tips, for having patience, and for always guiding us to success.

I am excited to apply all the foundations of journalism that I learned to future projects by continuing to inform myself about current events.