Illustration by staff artist Ashley Torres

By: Sarah Marble/Senior Feature Editor

The 2019-2020 school year has resulted in a much larger Raider Reader staff compared to previous years. This year, a total of 40 students have decided to join the Raider Reader staff, over 100% more compared to last year’s 18 students. As a result, there are two journalism classes, one during 8th period and the other during 9th.

The surplus number of journalism students has resulted in a strengthened staff that will be able to cover more school events and stories over the course of the school year.

Raider Reader and Journalism adviser, Kimberly Davenport, says she is “so excited” for the surplus number of students by saying that “our students should cover an abundance of events.” Davenport states she is “very excited to see students who are passionate about Mass Media”, and that, “most students came to us (the Raider Reader) with the experience in photo editing, video editing, and podcasting.”

The Raider Reader’s Co-Editor in Chiefs’ Morgan Mansfield and Tyler Hillard gave their input about the surplus of journalism students.

Hillard feels that the abundant number of students will allow the Raider Reader to be a “more active newspaper that will be able to cover more stories and a wide array of different viewpoints so anyone reading will have something that relates to them.”

Mansfield states, “it can be chaotic at times because of the two separate class periods, but I think it will be a great year for the Raider Reader.”

Are there cons of having a large Raider Reader staff? The Raider Reader’s adviser, and Co-Editor in Chiefs have a few to name. Mrs. Davenport explains that “at moments it can be overwhelming to make sure everyone gets the attention they need.”  Hillard says, the class can be “more chaotic” and there is more “tweaking the website to accompany new journalists.” Mansfield states, “communication sometimes becomes difficult, but it forces me to be more organized with spreadsheets and google documents which is a good thing.”

What are the pros of the abundance of journalism students according to Davenport, Hillard, and Mansfield?

Davenport explains that the abundance has resulted in “top notch journalism students in the class that are doing an impressive job of leading the journalism progress. In addition, these same students are mentoring those who need assistance.”

Hillard states, “We are going to get new equipment and cameras which will allow us to create some very professional stories.”

Mansfield anticipates the staff’s success and says, “I am excited for the Bigler Conference because with this large staff, we should be able to win a lot of awards this year.” She states that, “With the high number of staff, we will be able to continuously publish new stories and cover all topics in our school and community.”

The future of the Raider Reader is looking bright with a revamped staff full of talented students with a passion for journalism. Be on the look out this school year for a wide variety of stories written by the new Raider Reader staff!

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