On June 9th, J Student Reporter opened its doors to new incoming reporters and returning reporters and editors marking the start of JSR’s 20th semester. Led by Whitney Ahn (JSR Program Coordinator/Editor), the official orientation was held at Korea Daily Headquarters. JSR provides an unique opportunity for all young reporters to submit weekly news articles and find their voices in the massive expanse of media.
The Program Coordinator/Editor, Whitney Ahn, began the orientation with the awards ceremony for the previous semester. The awards were to certify and applaud the hard working reporters of 19 JSR and commended students with Best Editor and Best Reporter. Having to balance school work and cycle deadlines, sometimes the program can get 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 all reporters in becoming a successful reporter in this semester.
Then, the orientation continued 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 especially selected Student Editors for 20 JSR stayed behind as they received their own unique orientation. As Student Editors, their duties and responsibilities are beyond those of a student reporter and are required to submit more. Lastly, the stage was then passed to the 2nd group of Junior J Student Reporters that were starting with us for the first time as they began their orientation to the program. With new programs and new opportunities at bay, JSR is looking to be a great semester this Fall!
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 20th semester already has a bright new beginning for incoming reporters to shed light on fresh stories about events nearby and far.
Jonathan Bae, Grade 12
West Ranch High School