Behind the yearbook pages

If you’re reading this that means you’ve survived the first week back to school, congrats! It hasn’t been a normal or easy first week of school, our Trojan Journalism staffers understand the difficulties everyone has faced. We’re in a new school; no one quite knows how to get between the new building and north campus without being tardy; no matter how tech savvy your teacher is, they still can’t figure out how to work the new projectors; the stairs are beyond crowded and we aren’t quite up to the cardio that is three flights of stairs every hour. But, we’ve made it.

For our Trojan Journalism students, it’s been a week of exciting changes and new experiences. A new room, new technology, new designs, and new staffers. As EIC of the newspaper and a staff member of the yearbook, it’s been exciting for me to watch. Even in our short three days, we’re already becoming a family, picking up where we left off last year and welcoming in everyone new.

All that being said, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Even now our Invader staff is hard at work on the yearbook you’ll be reading nine months from now. The greatest part? They need your help! Yes you! We want all your memories from Auburn High as the year goes on. We want to know what’s frustrating you during the first few days of school. We want to know your favorite part of being back in the classroom with your friends. We want to know what YOU want to see in the yearbook come next June. So help us as we bring you the 103 Invader yearbook, the book you have a voice in. But here’s the catch, you only have 140 characters on Twitter to let us know. Go open up your Twitter app, find us and make sure you hit follow, then use #MyAuburnExperience to share with us! We’ll read and retweet you and then ensure that your voice is heard as the yearbook comes together. No promises that everyone’s fabulous idea is going to make it into the final 280 pages, but why not try?

I look forward to seeing everyone’s wacky and crazy experiences as the year progresses. Until then, I hope all your experiences during the 2014-2015 school year are memorable!

WJEA journalism camp recap

Last week at this time I was surrounded by dozens upon dozens of high school journalists who share my passion. With our fearless adviser, Mr. Kaup, and fellow EIC, Andrew, I knew great things were sure to ensue. Being immersed in journalism for four days may not be everyone’s idea of a good time but I can’t imagine not having gone.

Student journalists, advisers, and Washington Journalism Education Association board members all gathered at Western Washington University for a weekend of intense learning and loads of fun!

I learned more than I ever imagine, and as cliche as that sounds, it’s absolutely true. At every meal we would talk about journalism and plans for the coming year. Every chance we had in between classes, we’d talk about what we learned and how we can teach our staffs when we get back in the newsroom. In every session I attended, the instructor gave us their email before they even began teaching, they wanted to make sure all questions could be answered if they didn’t cover something we were unsure of. Students everywhere were exchanging emails and phone numbers declaring they would call if they needed help in InDesign or Photoshop. It was so amazing to see the community we had even though many of us had never met before.

We were all nerds, I’m not denying that even for a minute, but it was glorious! My favorite part was visiting the Western Front’s office, the student run newspaper of WWU. We also stopped in Klipson’s office, one of the student run magazines at WWU. Being able to talk with collegiate journalists about their passion was inspiring! We shared ideas and received really wonderful feadback on enhancing our publications back home.

I miss the fabulous times already! I still wait every night for my phone to light up with messages from friends trying to coordinate our breakfast routine, but the notification hasn’t come yet, and I know it won’t. So I eagerly await September 18th, the day we all join together again for Journalism Day at the University of Washington. Until then, I have plenty to do in the world of Trojan Journalism!