New reporters eager to contribute to The Beat
June 26, 2012
Influence my community
I joined The Beat because I’d hoped to be more aware of social problems and politics by now. Because a year ago, I thought a course in American history would increase my sense of civic responsibility and awareness.
And it did. Well, to some extent — but it also made me realize how ignorant I was of social issues and how difficult it was for me to articulate my beliefs on current affairs in our nation.
So I applied to The Beat.
I’m eager to further my understanding of social issues and erase my ignorance. It may seem contradictory to attempt to write articles on politics or related material with limited background — but that’s exactly what I intend to do; through the course of extensive research required for writing about issues for The Beat, I hope to develop my own understanding.
I also hope that from this next year of writing for The Beat, I will increase my sense of civic responsibility. I haven’t had as much of an influence in my community as I would’ve liked, and I’m hoping that this coming experience will teach me about the importance of community through writing for a local newspaper.
Cultivate my passion
I can still remember the day, seven years ago, when the girl next door and I created our own newspaper. I drew disfigured cartoons out of crayon and interviewed my brothers about their thoughts on Disneyland, while she wrote poetry and a column about the newest American Girl dolls.
Sadly, our newspaper was discontinued after two issues. Although I must admit this is my only experience in journalism, it is definitely not my only venture with writing. Now I’m a freshman at Issaquah High School and the majority of my writing is less for fun and more for the grade. But I still have a love for it as I did when I was young.
In my World Studies class this year, I began to grasp the value of journalism as a way of keeping the international community connected. I have developed an interest in foreign affairs that makes me think about pursuing a career in international journalism.
As a new member of The Beat, my goal is to cultivate these passions I’ve always had into something of substance in the grown-up world.
Change the world
You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you’re on a roller coaster and it slows down just before a massive drop? You look down and know it’s going to happen (and you’ll be screaming like a little girl meeting Justin Bieber), but you don’t know when? Do you know how it feels when your anticipation overcomes your fear, and you’re left with nothing but excitement?
I sure do.
Truth is, I’ve never been one to say much. Instead of saying things, I write them down. Heck, I write everything down! But you should know I’ve never been a journalist before. Sure, I’ve gotten some of my work published, but never like this.
The roller coaster has slowed down ever since high school began. State standards focus too much on analytic writing, the kind where you read something and talk about how it’s changed history. As thrilling as that is, I always feel so restricted.
Scribbling some thoughts down telling the world about the things that change us personally — that’s what teenagers need nowadays. That’s what The Beat is for.
I’m proud to say that the roller coaster is about to drop once again. And to be honest, I couldn’t be more excited.
Write for real
I’m very excited to be a part of The Beat this year! I’m taking journalism at school and I write for the Issaquah High School IT magazine, so this opportunity was of great interest to me.
I’m looking forward to being published in a real newspaper and getting to share my ideas with other teens. Seeing my writing in The Issaquah Press is an amazing opportunity!
A little about me: I love writing, and not just journalism. I also love songwriting and creative writing. In my spare time, I horseback ride, go to concerts, and play and listen to music. I hope to bring some good, creative ideas to the team this year!