The Paw Print

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We’re a student-run newspaper: The Woodside Paw Print is written and managed only by WHS students.  By joining journalism, you’re helping inform the Woodside community.

Meet new people: Not only do you meet new students from your class, but you also meet new people through interviews!

Strengthen writing skills: Along with learning how to write, format, edit, and publish a news article, you write scripts for the daily announcements.

It’s not just a writing class: You also learn how to…

  • interview people
  • broadcast live on the daily announcements
  • publish articles and photos
  • take photos, use Bridge and Photoshop
  • use professional video equipment
  • market digitally (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook)
  • edit website design

Spread your work: Get your work published on our website!  From articles to photos

Learn about what’s going on: Did you read the news this morning?  Once you join journalism, you’ll be constantly updated with the latest and upcoming events around the Bay Area and at school.

Get CTE credit to graduate: One year of Career Technical Education (CTE) is required for graduation.

Field trips: We watched the live ABC7 broadcast live in San Francisco (2018)!

Still not convinced?  Neither were these students… until they joined the class!

I wasn’t initially planning on taking journalism, but a friend of mine took it last year and persuaded me to join.  I ended up really liking it, since I love interviewing people, and it’s definitely improved my writing skills.” – Emma Chiu, Local News Editor

My favorite part of journalism is practicing my writing skills, as well as meeting new people.”  – Chloe Postlewaite, Staff Writer

Journalism improves your writing in a lot of ways.”  -Travis Moss, Staff Writer

I like journalism because you get more involved with the community by writing stories about current events.  It’s exciting to see how our viewership is growing.” -Leila Taherian, Staff Writer

It gives me the opportunity to learn about the world and our community while also informing other people about it. It’s also an outlet for design and creativity.” -Isabella Williams, Online Editor

 

Here are some frequently-asked questions about journalism!

What is the homework load like?

Homework is primarily interviewing people, finishing/editing articles, and taking photos. Students have most of class to work on assignments, so it all depends on how you use class time.

How is the class structured?

Journalism is taught by Mrs. Bycer, but students (co-editors-in-chief and beat editors) help teach new students, lead story meetings, and make major decisions.

What do you do in class?

After a few weeks of learning the basics of writing, photography, and interviewing, students typically have time in class to write and edit their articles as well as collaborate with other students and brainstorm new ideas.

Do you need any prior experience?

No! All you need is the willingness to learn and talk to new people.

Do you work with other students a lot?

Yes and no.  Students constantly edit other articles, work in group projects, and communicate in their beats, and students tend to work on articles independently.

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