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The news these days can be quite grim, filled with death, destruction, and indecision. However, the news is also filled with stories of achievement, real life, and constructive action. Instead of turning to a major news outlet to decipher which is what, visit Brashier’s very own school newspaper.
“The Brashier newspaper, the Bengal Beat, is an ongoing online publication, but most students are unaware of it and often miss stories,” says Sophomore Ethan Lamont.
Written by the Brashier students, Newspaper is an actual class that students apply to before the schedules for the following year are made.
“Newspaper is different from other elective courses because it prepares its staff for jobs, whether it be in journalism or not, and offers another writing challenge for students,” says Junior Madison Floyd.
The Bengal Beat offers a wide variety of worldly stories, but as a representation of the school, the staff proudly covers and represents school-related matters, also.
“The Bengal Beat can have a broad appeal to students by reporting stories we would care about. They could be about sports teams or upcoming events, but the provided stories have a neutral tone,” says Junior Jimmy Manos.
As well as keeping students informed about their own school, the staff feels it more than necessary to both inform students of the happenings in the world and, more importantly, to let them to have a voice in the news.
“The Bengal Beat is productive by staying on top of events. They keep students involved in current events of the world by trying to interact with them, like the election poll in November, which related to the students and made them feel like they were being asked what they felt and thought,” says Sophomore Lindsey Morin.
The Bengal Beat publishes a story every day, and it has been advertised on the school’s morning announcements and social media platforms. Some students still feel the stories are not as easily accessible as they could be.
“On the school website, a large portion of the home screen could be made for the newspaper with a link to the website and notifications about the latest stories so students can immediately see what the stories are and read them instantly,” says Floyd.
The staff does take a hands-on approach when writing stories, going to interview students and teachers in person whenever possible.
“I regularly see students not only being interviewed but also having genuine conversations about relative things,” says Junior Andrew Greskamp.
Those conversations are meant to spread throughout the school and promote communication between students. To instigate these conversations, the staff needs to extend communication to all students.
“For students that haven’t been interviewed, the simplest plan I can think of is to take a list of every student in the school you have not interviewed yet and try to integrate their thoughts into the stories,” says Lamont.
The current Bengal Beat staff, featuring only thirteen writers and one staff photographer, tries to represent the student body by making a newspaper the students feel they have a hand in, but are there more direct and meaningful ways to incorporate students?
“Many students like to write, but not for a specific news topic; they prefer creative, fictional topics they create themselves. The staff could incorporate other students’ writings onto the website to be read for fun or to forget their large workloads, also shedding a light on what the students themselves can create” says Manos.
There will always be room for improvement, but the Brashier newspaper is already an up-to-date, award-winning publication created by a staff of students who care about reporting news to the students. Despite its flaws, it should be a source of pride for the school as it already is for the staff.
“Whether doing the election poll or publishing the regular news stories, the Bengal Beat challenges students by informing them, then seeing how they use that information within their lives. It deals with the everyday and makes it newsworthy,” says Morin.