Meet the Editors
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While outside the newsroom much of their work goes unrecognized, editors have the ability to bring a news staff together and keep a paper running smoothly. Co-head editors of Brashier’s own newspaper, Lindsey Jester and Isaac Lipe, do just that.
“We’re responsible for making sure that the online newspaper is kept up… so we post stories, we work with question of the week and poll, and different types of social media to make sure that our website is an award winning paper,” says Lipe.
And even more than keeping up with the website, they edit the stories and publish them, often working with the staff to help them expand on ideas or clearly express them.
“They are positive and encouraging and the staff responds well to that type of an approach rather than one of condemnation and being critical,” says teacher Nita Lyda.
Working one-on-one with staff members on their stories has given them a chance to get to know them and find out what’s important to them in their writing, and what’s important to the student body.
“I like working with the staff because I get to learn a lot more about the students of our school,” says Lipe.
Lipe and Jester both bring unique perspectives to the staff that help them work together; where one’s weakness is, is the other’s strength. With both of them working together to edit stories, by the time a story is finalized the reporter has a well rounded and cohesive story.
“Both are very strong students academically and I feel like Isaac can address a big picture perspective on an article, whereas Lindsey’s very good at the minutia, the details that matter… A student will get one perspective from Isaac and they can go to Lindsey to get the other, and by the time they’re finished they have a really solid piece, so I think they do their jobs really well and I’m lucky to have them,” says Lyda.
Both Jester and Lipe have been on the staff since their sophomore year. While Lipe said he only more recently realized he wanted to be an editor, having been brought on to make videos for the newspaper, not as a writer, Jester has wanted this role since she joined the staff.
“I took journalism sophomore year and I wrote a story that was published on the news site… ever since sophomore year I wanted to be an editor,” says Jester.
They both hope to bring changes to the paper this year, changes we have already seen in the recent stories. With more hard hitting stories that are more important to the student body of Brashier, Jester hopes to help the staff achieve their goal of winning an award from the SCSPA. In addition, Lipe wants to redesign and revitalize the BMCN website to create a space to properly publish the stories.
“As far as changes go, I think Isaac and I have brought a good bit of organization to the paper. I think we have a lot of goals in mind… I think from the newspaper you’re going to see a lot of involvement in the school.. You’re also going to see a lot of stories that you wouldn’t have seen in prior years,” says Jester.