Their presentation was part of High School Journalism Day, an annual event that trains journalism students and advisors in areas such as layout, sports writing, multimedia tools. This year, six Mesa students attended: Natalie Tetreault, Hayley Petersen, Ana Puga, Collette Rhoads, Joey Nguyen, and Quan Nguyen. They were accompanied by journalism advisor Mr. Abuel. Many other schools also attended the event.
The Media Ethics session ran by Tom Clanin took a less technical approach to journalism. It discussed the moral and ethical consequences of publishing certain stories. Students at this seminar were urged to minimize harm when writing news stories, as well as to remain truthful and accurate. Clanin presented several photographs that were highly controversial when first published. However, he argued, they told stories that the public needed to know about despite possibly being offensive.
Sophomore Ana Puga spoke with one of the Journalism Day guests and had him give a critique on the Equestrian site’s layout. He said that he liked the site, especially its choice of fonts. He also provided some tips to improve it further, including using larger photographs and a larger slide show on the front page.
Written by Quan Nguyen