Two weeks ago, eight members ofThe Equestrian made their way to the USC to learn all they needed to in order to lead the staff.
Maria Diaz, Jen Melendez, Brett Bermudez, Stephanie Rand, Mckenna Patton, Maya Lee-Lopez, Kelsey Armstrong, and Nakita Rico, all chauffeured by Mr. Abuel, took off in a district van to LA and could not wait to experience the simple, yet exciting event.
Many posted the event on Facebook as typical teenagers do in order to share the excitement of the day.
The day began with keynote speakers, CNN’s Kyra Phillips and reporter Anh Doh of the Nguoi Viet Daily News. Each woman shared their experiences and wisdom in the field of journalism, and shared the most important aspects of journalism.
“Character is very important, people remember people,” stated Anh Doh. Phillips and Doh continued to repeat this message over and over again. They continued to stress that you always should remain personable and build relationships when growing as a journalist. Phillips connected this to her video clip of the interview with Whitney Houston’s best friend a gospel singer, by explaining how if she were to just think like a journalist and try to ignore her tears and emotion by going directly to the next question, the interview would not have been nearly as valuable.
Each session had a range of information for each student to learn and work into making it conform to the needs of The Equestrian website and the Journalism staff in general.
New media taught the editors and soon-to-be editors just how much media is available to them for free, and just how much it can add to the website or newspaper of their school to make it unique and more interactive. With additions like polls, live broadcast screenings, and ways to make the school news website an application, the possibilities for media improvement seemed great.
Media ethics taught how important it was to know “how the sausage gets made”; or in other words, how things get done and how they work. It kept in mind the key mission of all reporters: to give a voice and empower those that do not have very much power by “seeking the truth and reporting it”. The speaker made sure all reporters keep in mind the consequences of their actions and their work, and remembering to minimize harm to not only yourself and your position, but also those who you are choosing to write about. With horrific examples like a girl being raped, children being taken away from their disheartened parents in body bags, and a young child posing in front of an aborted fetus, he vividly explained the seriousness of pictures and articles and how drastically they can affect people.
The most significant session for the future of The Equestrian and any developments that may occur was the Editors Roundtable, in which a few editors from the staff this year participated in a discussion with fellow editors and Editor-in-Chiefs from other high schools about what they could do better and how they were doing well.
All in all this field trip, though seemingly small and not incredibly fancy, made the staff of The Equestrian realize how fortunate we are to have each other and how great it is to be able to do all that we do with success and while growing relationships.