Journalism class: students behind the scenes taking pictures, asking questions, making deadlines, and frantically typing away on the dozens of keyboards that lay before them. This year, journalism has had several new journalists join the batch.
“I like the freedom. I do like taking pictures and getting recognition for all of my hard work,” tenth grader Laura Stroud said, who is new to the class. Stroud and her mother—upper school teacher Lisa Stroud—both enjoy photographing school events to memorialize in the yearbook. There is also a competitive class spirit, inspired by years’ past journalism classes, to achieve a second Tar Heel award which is one of the most prestigious journalistic honors in the state.
“Mrs. Stroud is passionate about what she does, about teaching journalism. I am starting to learn how to use photoshop, ” tenth grader Lucas Wood said, another new student in the class. Wood has a deep appreciation for the passionate spirit of his instructors at Christ Covenant.
Journalism veterans and newbies enjoy not only the responsibility, but also the laid back nature of the class that allows them to let their creativity flow. “It’s actually a pretty chill class,” eleventh grader Josh Furlough said, who had previously been in gym.
Some students enjoy Lisa Stroud’s instated perks and incentives. “We get to listen to music during class and eat candy,” ninth grader Cierra Mitchell said.
“The first time that I heard about journalism was from [alumna] Josey [Parker], and she really, really loved it and did it for like four years. And she ended up becoming the editor in chief person, and was the one who inspired me to start doing it, and after my first year, I really enjoyed the design part of it, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” ninth grader Tyler Parker said. Parker is currently working on the book’s design and cover. Prototypes can be viewed in Lisa Stroud’s classroom.
“I chose journalism because I wanted to be involved with the yearbook. I like that we all do our own thing, and it’s not really like class. We just sit around doing stuff for the yearbook,” ninth grader Mary Grace Flowers said.
This class is a lot of work as the students often go to games and events outside of class, striving for a new opportunity to let their school shine. The class is also extremely rewarding when the yearbook staff members and their friends get to see the final product at the end of the school year. A memoir that will stand forever.