On June 22, 2019, students both within and outside of the Los Angeles area attended the J Student Reporter program’s orientation, marking the start of preparations for JSR’s 22nd semester of helping young writers find their voices in the massive expanse of media.
From 9am to 11am, students actively listened as Whitney Ahn, the Program Coordinator, gave a brief introduction and discussed the expectations and mission of JSR. During the orientation, students learned the process of submitting and publishing articles and the importance of meeting deadlines and communication within the members and faculty of the program. Ms. Whitney also defined what it means to be a successful and diligent student reporter and emphasized how critical it was to submit articles in a timely manner.
The majority of JSR runs through online interaction through email and Google Drive, the face-to-face interaction during the orientation was a rare opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the chosen student editors and fellow reporters for this upcoming semester.
JSR is a program hosted by The Korea Daily that grants students the opportunity to channel their voices to the public by publishing
their articles both in print and online. Through JSR, students are able to gain firsthand experience in handling proper interviews, monitoring time-management, and writing concise, informative reports. This gives them the experience in growing their ability to balance responsibilities, networking, and writing. Experienced students may even apply to be a student editor, which develops leadership and collaborative skills.
JSR is an opportunity that cannot be found in school and JSR’s 22nd semester already has a bright new beginning for incoming reporters to shed light on fresh stories about events nearby and far beyond. This semester’s reporters, including the Junior JSR’s 4th semester reporters, is promising in their motivated, intelligent stories that will come.
As I say goodbye to JSR, I am excited for this new group of reporters. Through an active, journalistic approach to local issues, JSR and JJSR reporters will gain the skills necessary to utilize their surroundings and speak out for the world; all the while, preparing themselves for what’s ahead.
Jonathan Bae, JSR Alumni