Updated: Sep 2, 2022
Welcome back to The Lance! Currently we’re working on filling it with the content you enjoyed last year, but in the meantime we need your help to keep our newspaper as wonderful as you remember it to be.
How do I help?
“Well how do I do that?” You may be asking yourself. I’ll tell you! The class Contemporary Journalism is not available this semester, but that won’t stop us. You can help write articles, submit works, and create the content we all love. By filling out this interest form, you can let us know what ways you’d like to help.
Maybe you want to write articles, but you don't have many ideas. That’s a-okay! You can receive prompts and ideas from The Lance’s editors and write your own articles based on those. If you do have ideas, you’re welcome to write about those as well.
If you aren’t as interested in writing, but you still want to be a part of the fun, you can submit your student work. A really good essay, poem, project, artwork, or something else you’re proud of! We will take those and post them for all to see! You can put your name on it or be an anonymous student. This also applies to article writing!
If you find you enjoy writing articles, and want to do it more often, you can sign yourself up for Contemporary Journalism for this coming spring semester. It’s a very fun laid-back class, and you aren’t limited to articles! You can be an editor and help other students improve their writing. You can be a designer, helping our front page look wonderful, and filling up the crawl with photos of all your favorite teachers and students. Taking photos for the crawl is another great way to help The Lance. There are a ton more ways to be apart, and you never know if you like it if you don't try!
What’s the class like?
I know you’re wondering, “Is it a hard class?” As long as you’re working hard to fill The Lance with things for the student body to enjoy, you’ll be good to go! Participation is one of the only things you’re graded on, so bring a willingness to put in the work to create something that you'll be proud of.
One important assignment you’ll have is discussing a news story from another student paper. After picking out another student run newspaper, you’ll choose one article from them and read it. Reflect on how it was written, and what could be improved about it! If something sticks out, write it down so we can incorporate something like it into our newspaper. It’s very simple, and it’s not even essay writing. No word count, formatting, or whatever else. Put it in a table, a list, or a paragraph; it’s up to you!
As the class progresses, you’ll collect your articles in a portfolio. Just compile the works you’ve written and explain what you liked and didn't like about them. Choose what to improve on afterward. If you were an editor or otherwise, talk about the things you helped do, what photos you enjoyed, a new idea you had for the website, or an article you enjoyed improving.
And that’s all! As long as you’re working, creating, and having fun, you’ll be one of the best students at The Lance! It’s a simple class with a well-paced environment. One article (or otherwise) a week, and discussing a news story. It’s a wonderful class to improve your writing, and be able to write about what you want! Consider joining this spring semester, or next year, you won’t regret it!