Faces of journalism’s future
By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor
Journalism has the potential to change a person’s life. Four young girls at Mandan High School they have witnessed this directly.
The staff at the Courier, the Mandan High School paper, has had to overcome major obstacles this semester. With just four members, there has been a large amount of work placed on each of these girl’s shoulders.
However, they have taken it in stride, and the experience has brought them closer together. “Even though it is stressful, I wouldn’t change any of it. The staff really has become like a second family,” Katilyn Schelske, a senior and the editor at the Courier, said.
Many of the staff members have also had to overcome personal challenges. “I’ve always been shy, but working on the Courier has given me more confidence; it has made me more sure of myself,” said senior Hannah Schlosser.
Overcoming shyness has been one of the aspects that have brought the girls closer together. It has forced them to be more outgoing, junior Sarah Kovash said. Through interviewing other students, as well as adults, they have had to step out of their comfort zones quite often. The outcome is worth it though.
“When you do an interview, it encourages you to engage other people’s view points, and gives a better understanding of other ideas.” said junior Mikaela Herberg.
A difficulty each of the girls has to personally overcome is the time crunch. With school, work, and other extracurricular activities, it has been a juggling act to keep everything on time.
“We each put over 12 hours a week into the paper,” said Kovash. “Besides just writing the stories, we also design the paper, work with advertisement, as well as all the small things that go into creating a paper.”
Much of their experience has come just from experimenting with the process. “We learned pretty much from watching others as they were doing their layouts,” said Schlosser. “After that, it was just trying to see what worked.”
In the end, it pays off. “When it finally all comes together, it is a very proud moment,” said Herberg. “Being able to see your work in print, after all the effort, is really cool.”
With two of the staff members graduating at the end of the year, the future of the Courier could be a little rocky. Throughout the rest of the semester, Schelske plans to encourage other students to join. “If you can, try it,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet new friends, and learn from new perspectives.”
The Courier comes out once a month. Over the next few weeks, their work will also be highlighted in the Mandan News.