A unique opportunity
July 16, 2013
By Madeline Wells
This year on The Beat was an eye-opening experience for me. From meeting deadlines to interviewing students to raising money to keep the page going, I learned quite a bit about what it means to write for a newspaper.
The paper is a team, and everyone needs to pull his or her own weight in order to keep it going. I learned that it is vitally important for the writers to keep their hearts in it and do whatever it takes to keep their paper alive, because oftentimes, this is a difficult task in the face of the declining print journalism industry.
One important thing to take away from writing for a newspaper is that procrastinating is simply not an option. When you have to interview people, get quotes for Teen Talk and write articles on top of all your school work, leaving it until the last minute never works out. Everyone relies on you to submit your article on time, so turning it in late can bring the whole paper down. In fact, it can cause the page to be delayed and not published by the deadline. Therefore, deadlines are everything!
The Beat served as an extension of the journalistic activities I already participated in, as I have been a writer on my school’s newspaper for the past two years and will be taking the position of editor-in-chief next year. I enjoyed getting to work with my peers to organize and put the page together each month, and I hope to help make The Beat even better next year.
I resolve to dedicate myself to the page even more as I have realized how unique of an opportunity it is for teens interested in journalism. We are very lucky to have The Beat, since it is one of the only such pages for teens in Washington state.