Munro: Students improve ambience of Sky-Hi newsroom
September 23, 2014
The atmosphere around the Sky-Hi News office has been a touch more refreshing of late. No, it's not because longtime photographer Byron Hetzler has been on vacation (sorry, Byron, couldn't resist the cheap shot.) It's because we've been graced by the presence of two high school interns for the past several weeks.
Middle Park High School seniors Olivia Butrymovich and Lydia Anderson have taken the initiative to use our good offices to introduce themselves to the wide world of newspapers. We're more than happy to oblige them.
Olivia has done a great job covering MPHS sports. She even sacrificed part of a recent weekend to travel to Denver with the football team.
Lydia has been focusing on photography under the able tutelage of the aforementioned Mr. Hetzler who, by way of apology, regularly leavens the atmosphere around here despite his irreverent boss. From what I've seen, Lydia has a keen eye and a wonderful attitude.
I'd like to personally thank both Olivia and Lydia for their contributions.
The infectious exuberance of youth is a welcome addition to the office, of course, but so too is the opportunity to learn what is on the minds of high school students these days. And who can resist having a little fun along the way.
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When The Academy recently handed Middle Park a lopsided loss on the soccer field, I elicited an audible gasp from one of these young charges by jokingly suggesting I put a headline on the photo that read, "The Academy schools Middle Park."
"See what working in a newsroom will do to your brain?" I thought. This is your brain … This is your brain on a newspaper staff …
Really, these young ladies are fantastic students and have shown remarkable dedication. Listening to them hash out the details while composing a photo caption was a priceless experience.
I feel fortunate to have reveled in quite a few such moments throughout my career. The Sky-Hi News has been graced with the presence of several interns and even more students who took up the challenge of producing a student newspaper within our pages during the past seven years. Witnessing them get a charge out of their work and seeing the pride when it appears in print ranks among my top memories during nearly 30 years of toiling in the Elysian fields of community journalism.
Student newspaper challenge
So why stop here? I would be thrilled if another group of students were to pick up the gauntlet —consider this column me throwing it to the ground — and publishing their work in our pages. In years past, this has entailed everything from drawing cartoons to writing poetry to covering sports to producing hard-hitting news and opinion pieces about student life in Middle Park High School.
All aspects of newspapering are on the table for students interested in learning or seeking an outlet for their work. Just get in touch with me and we'll see what we can come up with.
Drew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-887-3334.
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