Three Years of Highlights: 2011-2014
The Place of the Paper by McKenna Patton, EIC 2013-14
Our job as student-journalists is to provide useful and accurate information to the student body in order to allow them to make informed decisions. We serve as objective recorders, diligent watchdogs, and critical evaluators. We acknowledge that both good and bad things happen around campus and that knowing that both exists allow gives students and teachers the choice to do something about either.
The Equestrian isn’t out to get anybody. We don’t try to twist facts, spread lies, and damage images. We do our best to receive and portray the truth to those who wouldn’t know otherwise. It is messy, imperfect, but necessary in order to empower those who would otherwise be left voiceless and to curtail mishandling of power. Sometimes we are unclear; sometimes we get it wrong, sometimes we can’t agree. Consider that some of our sources are misinformed, exaggerate, and even lie, and you might begin to understand that difficulty of an often thankless task. But this is simply part of the process of being a journalist.
We run stories for the purpose to do more good than harm, more function than flash. We try to strike a balance between stories that are useful and stories that will stir your feelings. But when stories are pitched we judge them. If we feel they will do more harm than good we shoot them down, because that’s not our job. Our job, our primary purpose, is to provide facts to the powerless so they can make decisions for themselves.
We pursue sensitive issues and subjects to attempt to make a difference, to get passions flaring and people talking because it is ultimately you, the readers, who decide to change the way things are and shape your world to the way things should be. We do not claim to make change; we simply aid in lighting the way.
Even though we are a website, we are human. We make mistakes. We take blurry pictures. We have strong opinions. But our true purpose, the sole reason we devote precious hours and brainpower and camera memory to this URL, is to empower you, because we are a part of you. We are students, we are journalists, we are citizens, and we are media. We are The Equestrian.
To Our Journalists by Maria Diaz and Nakita Rico, EICs 2012-2013
Journalist. The very word has a negative connotation nowadays. It equates to the class gossip. Nosy, prodding, and impersonal seem to be our winning qualities. We like to ask painful questions at the worst times. “How do you feel about (insert awkward question here)?”
Because of this, our thirty-some journalists for The Equestrian are never given enough credit for their hard work. Most people don’t know is how difficult being a journalist actually is. We have to do much more work and think about much more before we can just go into an interview or just simply watch and cheer on a sports team or silently embrace the melodious spirit of a choir or band concert. First, we have to actually look for the story. Then, spend a day or two just planning how to write the article. We must think about how it will affect the school, if it will be interesting, and who would be important to talk to, among other things. After that, there’s the interview part, which is the hardest for some. Is there anything easy about going up to a person you don’t know and then asking them questions? When the stories are written and the pictures are taken, we must then hold our breath and hope our audience responds to, learns from, and most of all, is empowered by our articles.
All of this, almost every week. No, it is hardly ever easy.
If there are people just as important as our readers, they are our writers. The Equestrian not only wants to say thank you to our readers, but to our writers and photographers as well. Without them and their dedication, the Equestrian would never have grown to be what it is today.
Some of the news stories we published were controversial, not only because of their nature, but because we decided to cover them. Other stories were more benign, but gave a snapshot of some the highs, lows, and daily happenings at CMHS. Regardless of the story, the one thing we have always strove for is objectivity and courage when reporting news to our audience.
Sports are not our strength. We struggle with with finding writers who want to thoroughly cover sports events, so we focus more on the photography and features of the sports realm of CMHS. If you would like to change this and want to explore sports journalism, speak with us!
Features and Opinions
Our features and opinions stories are less controversial than the news, but sheds an important light on some of the people walking around our campus. We aim to share background stories of our peers and staff, make our readers laugh, and provide an place for everyone's opinion. If you would like to contribute an opinion piece to our publication, speak with us!
Arts and Entertainment
The mission of our arts and entertainment page is to help our readers spend their time and money in worthwhile ways, as well to highlight the happenings in our school and local community's art programs.