On December 17th, students both within and outside of the Los Angeles area attended the J Student Reporter program’s orientation, marking the start of JSR’s 17th semester of helping young writers find their voice.
From 10am to 3pm, students listened as Whitney Ahn, the program coordinator, discussed the expectations and mission of JSR. During the orientation, students learned the process of submitting and publishing articles and the importance of communication within the members and faculty of the program. Charlie Glick, the chief editor of JSR, also offered students valuable advice for writing informative articles and obtaining the best interviews.
The event also generously provided a lunch break in which students were able to get to know each other and meet their editor groups. As the majority of JSR runs through online interaction through email and Google Drive, the face-to-face interaction was a rare opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with their editors and fellow reporters for this upcoming semester.
JSR is a program hosted by The Korea Daily that grants students the opportunity to publish their works both online and in print. Through JSR, students can gain firsthand experience in balancing responsibilities, networking through interviews, and writing concisely and informatively. Students also have the opportunity to become editors, which can train skills in leadership and collaboration.
This year’s semester is promising in its motivated, intelligent applicants and the stories that will come. Students are encouraged to give a voice to their peers and to highlight the events within their schools and communities. Through an active, journalistic approach to local issues, JSR reporters will gain the skills necessary to utilize their surroundings and speak out for the world.