On June 10th, J Student Reporter opened its doors to new incoming reporters marking the start of JSR’s 18th semester. Led by Whitney Ahn (JSR Program Coordinator) and Charlie Glick (Chief Editor), the official orientation was held at Korea Daily Headquarters. JSR provides an unique opportunity for all young reporters to submit weekly news and find their voices in the massive expanse of media.
The Program Coordinator, Whitney Ahn, began the orientation with a brief introduction of what it means to be a successful and diligent reporter. For an hour, students learned the importance of communicating with fellow peers and the faculty. Students were also informed about the process of submission and publication. Whitney reiterated how critical submitting articles before the set deadlines was.This was mainly targeted to new reporters, who held a majority of the total reporters during the orientation.
The stage was then passed to the Chief Editor, Charlie Glick, who discussed the importance of writing an informative article because JSR provides articles to nationwide and internationally. Charlie continued to explain the variety of ideas the students had potential to write about in their articles. He also covered the controversial articles students might come across and how the students should best approach the topic. Lastly, Charlie gave valuable advice about the best way to obtain credible and resourceful interviews.
Then came the awards to certify and applaud the hard working reporters of the previous 17th semester students. These awards commended students with Best Editor, Reporter Excellence, Best Reporter, and Publisher’s Award. Having to balance school work and cycle reports may become extremely difficult, but many reporters stood on top of their game and were consistent with submissions. These awards were not meant to discourage other students who did not earn any awards, but to motivate them and new reporters in becoming a successful reporter the next semester.
JSR allows students to channel their voices to the public by publishing their articles both in print and online. Students are able to gain first-hand experiences in handling proper interviews, monitoring time-management, and writing concise, informative reports. Experienced students may even apply for editor, which develops leadership and collaborative skills. JSR is an opportunity that can not be found in school. JSR’s 18th semester already has a bright new beginning for incoming reporters to shed light on fresh stories about events nearby and far beyond the stars.