Anna Scherer Journalist of the Year Portfolio
Conducting storyboard - this consists of me and the content editor Toni at the front of the class, compiling ideas for the next month’s issue suggested by our staff.
While in Washington D.C. for the WJMC Conference, everyone took a solo photo in front of the Capitol building, where some had the option to meet with their state representative.
ARTICLES - pg. 2 PAGE DESIGN - pg. 7 YEARBOOK - pg. 12 BROADCAST - pg. 15 PODCAST - pg. 18 SOCIAL MEDIA - pg. 20 WEB - pg. 22 WJMC - pg. 25 OSA - pg. 26 FALL PRESS DAY - pg. 28 OPTIMIST CLUB - pg. 29 IN ACTION! - pg. 30
Suzanna is my traditional cohost for the Saxon Wrap Up II broadcast, an ad lib show where we pick weekly article topics out of a fishbowl and discuss the concepts behind the news. “Purple Jade” background courtesy of Steve Jones
Current Bills [March 19, 2014] News
The 2014 Short Session ended in the Oregon state legislature on March 10. While senators and representatives draft hundreds of bills every session, only a few dozen are passed and become law. Among the bills considered was Senate Bill 1524, a bill that would establish a committee aimed at granting all Oregon high school graduates the option of going to a local community college for free. If passed the bill would also help increase educational opportunities for technical training. “Back in our day you could walk across the street and get a job in a lumber mill,” said Senator Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) chair of the Senate Committee on Workforce and Education Development. Results will be reported to the the Senate Interim Committee on Sept. 30. Final action on the bill could come as early as the 2015 regular session. Senate Bill 1556, the bill that would have allowed voters make a decision on recreational marijuana died in the Senate. The bill was based upon a citizen’s initiative that failed last year. That initiative was criticized by some, such as Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), chief spon-
sor of the bill, for being poorly written. Similar initiatives were passed in the states of Colorado and Washington in 2013. Prozanski explained the motivation behind the bill, saying, “It’s better to be proactive than reactive” about drug offenses. Prozanski says he has been watching the effects of the legality of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, to see how a program in Oregon might work. He is currently working to correct and defy any flaws that appeared in the other states. Due to legislative inaction on Senate Bill 1556, another citizen’s initiative is being considered. A controversial bill that would have required stricter handgun license checks also failed in the last days of the session. Senate Bill 1551 would have regulated the transfer of ownership of firearms more strictly. Despite this failure, Senator Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) will continue to push the issue. “It is only common sense to keep convicted felons and the mentally ill from getting guns,” Burdick said, “and you can only do that with a background check.”
This story was one of my first after I was in troduced as a reporter freshman year, and was one of the first I covered at the Capitol. This story led to me forging connections with the various congressmen there as I covered the political beat for the Clypian. Since this is one of my beginning pieces, the regulations for grammar were less stringent, causing a contrast between the construction of current stories and then.
Technical School [June 6, 2014] News education school, but a specific location has Mountain West Career Technical Institute is teaming up with the Salem-Keizer School Disnot been chosen. All the career technical edutrict to draft a proposal for a technical school. cation programs would then be funded by the If the program is approved, it will launch in the district. For the first year, 11th and 12th graders fall of the 2015-16 school year, with the goal of would have access to two classes - construcoffering high-quality educational opportunities tion technology and manufacturing/engineerthat would help prepare students for successing. Additional programs would be added the following years. ful careers in the future. “We are approaching the district because we “Relevant and real world technical career work and live here, believe in public education programs will prepare students for successful and living wage careers, further education and training, and citizenship in Oregon’s dynamic want to make a contribution that will benefit work force,” said Lee. the students in our community,” said Charles Information was given to school board memLee, President of Mountain West. bers outlining financial estimations for the The company has volunteered to purchase a building and remodel it for a career technical proposed school. Cost for the school has been
Articles Technical School cont. estimated to be about $1.5 million in 2015, and up to $2.9 million by the 2019-20 school year. Hiring a principal, part-time office manager, and setting up the classroom and offices would cost about $422,680. “It seems like an advantageous head start and an opportunity for kids to have their life on
track at an earlier age,” said Mya Stenlund ‘17. A work session will be on April 22, with a reading of the proposal in May and an official vote taking place in June.
This was a difficult story to write as a beginner - this was the first story ever written by the Clypian about CTEC, back when it was still a concept. Due to its concept status, there was not a lot of information on it, so most of my story was reliant on Charles Lee’s responses, and the opinions of students.
What is Saxon Day? [September 5 , 2014] News
o honor South’s many traditions and achievements, Sept. 5 has been declared Saxon Day, a holiday with many events planned. During the 2012-2013 school year Mr. Dufault’s junior American Government class started outlines for Saxon day. They sponsored a bill that has been passed by the legislature. “This holiday is meant to acknowledge South’s important place within the community of Salem, Oregon.” Lauren Ewanyk ‘15 said. Their purpose was to show how the leadership abilities of high school students would function when put into the reality of everyday situations. In turn, students would also have more exposure to leadership, challenges and usage of communication skills. They are also recognizing five specific groups: music, DECA, athletics, academic and culinary. To accomplish this, multiple events have been planned,
all taking place at the school. Starting at 9 a.m. there will be an assembly with a live feed from the capitol. After school at 4 p.m. a soccer game will take place against Woodburn. An hour and a half later at 5:30 p.m. will be a barbeque with music. To end the day, a football game against McKay will be played. As usual the marching band will play at half-time, with their theme for show music being “scary”. “Our entire Saxon community will have a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of South Salem High School.” Lara Tiffin, South’s new principal said. All South alumni are allowed to attend. Among those permitted are students who only graduated the year prior, or long gone attendees like actor Jon Heder. “I am very excited about Saxon Day,” Lara Tiffin said. “Go Saxons!”
This story was my first front cover, and one of my first major school event coverages. Since this story, I’ve had the front cover of the September issue every year. This story was from the beginning of my second semester as a reporter, written over the summer and released on the first day of school. I had to ask around about the main students behind the bill, and then get put into contact with a senior I had never met before. My communication skills were tested whille I was still getting used to the format of a newspaper. Some of my interviews were conducted in person, over the phone, over email, or even through Facebook messages.
Holocaust Survivor’s Last Year: Possibly the Most Memorable [April 22, 2016] News
n April 6, Alter Weiner came to speak at South for his 14th, and last, time. To commemorate this event, Lara Tiffin presented the “Alter Wiener Tree of Righteousness,” a sapling planted in South’s courtyard with a stone bearing an inscription dedicated to an anonymous German woman who left him sandwiches during his imprisonment. “There were thirty or forty different groups,” Weiner said. “All Jews were a victim, but not all victims were Jews. Remember that. All Jews were a victim, but not all victims were Jews.” After being liberated, and gaining his strength, Weiner tells the tale of how he tried to find the woman, but was scorned after he said that he did not have her name or address. To this day, he has not been able to credit her. This remains his one regret. His picture book, however, Gifts from the Enemy, is dedicated to her memory, and focuses its majority on the story. However, South surprised Weiner with a tree planted in the courtyard in Weiner, and the woman’s honor. It has a stone plaque at the base that details the story he tells in his presentation, to inform all who pass. Tiffin gave
a tear-filled speech informing him of the award, and to thank him for all he has done over the years, talking to 10,000 students, and thanking the students for the respect they showed him. Along with his gratitude towards the woman, Weiner expressed his viewpoint towards the current generation of Germans. “There is no point in hating the current generation of Germans,” Weiner said. “They should not be blamed for what their fathers did.” He told the story of a college professor at Massachusetts University who taught German Literature and called him one day, telling Weiner that the cruel warden at one of the camps he stayed at was his father, and apologized. It took Weiner a half an hour to convince the man that he did not hate him for the actions of his father. A German foreign exchange student also hesitated to enter the hall at one of his lectures, worried that he would not want her to be in the audience, what with her grandfather being a Nazi. Once again, Weiner held no grudge against her. More information can be found at his website.
Writing this story was an experience; the auditorium was full, and tickets were scarce as Alter Wiener had failed to appear the year before, and the school was attempting to get as many students to attend as possible. I wrote this story immeditely afterward, wanting to try to capture Weiner’s story in print, along with the general atmosphere. It quickly became the most popular story on our website, garnering almost 300 shares Facebook. My advisor, Mr. Eriksen, also got several texts and calls from teachers around the school that said my story perfectly captured Weiner’s spirit and the assembly.
Teens and the Elections: Lack of Knowledge, or Lack of Caring? [June 9, 2016] Opinion There has been a steady decline in youth Skyler Andrews ‘16 said. “Most kids don’t voters since the high in 2008, both among know anything about voting.” national and statewide elections. M.D. Hinds The United States Census Bureau released a published an article in 2001 via the Carnegie chart dictating the amount of voters, by state, Corporation of New York titled Youth Vote for 2012. Oregon had a total of 391 eligible vot2000: They’d Rather Volunteer that found ers 18-24-years old, but only 55.3 percent were most youth feel uninformed about the entire registered to vote, and in the end 47.6 percent process of the electoral process and voting in actually did. general. “If you’re not gonna vote, you’re not gonna “We need to inform kids in high school that pay enough attention to to realize that you can like ‘hey, you’re going to be the next voters,” be someone to help fix things, then you don’t
Articles While the articles included within these sections are mostly news, I have written for all sections, and run my own daily story sector on Clypian.com. More examples of web-only articles in different sections are available under “Web.”
Teens and the Election cont. get the right to complain,” Andrews said. The candidates may just not appeal to younger voters. Due to the requirement that they must be 35 years old to run for president, that leaves a minimum of an 11 year age gap. Many of the candidates may focus on issues that these voters find unimportant to them or their struggles at that moment. “Well, if they feel like they could relate to one of the candidates they’re more likely to vote. Or at least their ideas, like Bernie Sanders. Such as his ideas on college tuition, and we’re all going to go to college,” Karina Hernandez-Ziranda ‘17 said. Voting decreases even further between presidential and non-presidential election years. According to the Child Trends Data Bank, 38 percent of those 18-24- year olds voted in 2012, a presidential election year, versus 15.9 percent in 2014, a non-presidential, or midterm election year. Those who could have been voted for on the 2014 Oregon ballot include potential members of the US Senate and House, State Executives, Senate, and House, among other positions. “They don’t think a state representative can make as big of a difference as a president can,” Ari Elsbernd ‘17 said.
In fact, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University published a news report in 2014 that proved voting among youth fell to its lowest level; only 19.9 percent of 18- 29-year old citizens did so that fall, compared to the 26.6 percent average among the same age range for midterm elections the previous 40 years. Specifically for Oregon, 149 out of 380 youth voters were registered, or 39.1 percent. A total of 23.4 percent of them did vote, the Census Bureau reports. “I feel like it’s important because if you don’t have a solid state then you can’t have a solid government as a whole,” Kylee Jackson ‘18 said. “States make up the country.” Many teens believe their vote will not make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Only a third of voters believed otherwise, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics youth poll. Sometimes afterwards, people take to social media or other platforms to complain about the outcome of these elections. “I don’t care about it but I don’t want to hear you complain about it,” Nick Erwin ‘16 said. “If you don’t vote, you don’t get the right to complain.”
This story started out difficult - it wasn’t mine. It originally belonged to a reporter named Grayson, but their draft was a ten sentence story, half of which were quotes. Their page editor and I asked for statistics, but they claimed they couldn’t find any specific to Oregon. Even after posting links to U.S. Census Bureau studies, the story remained unfinished, so I expanded upon their idea, added statistics, and published it “with contributions.” I have since revisited this concept several times, once in a cooptional podcast located later within this portfolio.
Page Design These are a few pages from our latest newspaper issue published on February 10. We have recently experimented with switching to a more magazine style layout, with emphasis on glossy paper, color, photos, and graphics. The cover spotlights the top one or two stories from each section, as well as advertising for our various social media handles. The opinion page in the corner contains a story rated in â€œhearts,â€? making the best use of the graphics available to us. The box in the lower left hand corner is our staff list. The spot color was chosen to be red and pink alternating in favor of the holiday. With our new twelve page layout, we started dedicated the full color back cover to photographers to spot;ight their talents in the photojournalism field.
Page Design The cover on the right is from our December issue, released the Friday before break. Unfortunately, it became online only after the snow days gave us an early break. Ironically, the cover is a photo taken by Naohmi Cruz of the snow in West Salem - a hot topic at the time. Below are example pages from the double news-feature spread for the November issue. The spot colors were chosen to be blue and red to coincide with the recent election. Originally, the staff as a whole made a decision to not release a November issue due to break and short deadlines between October, then, and December. I, however, planned and produced the issue on my own with a handful of willing helpers. The issue was released the Friday before break, and received one of the highest amounts of online Issuu reads.
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MIXED EMOTIONS Series Acrylic on canvas
Ariana Elsbernd 2017
POETRY * POETRY * POETRY * POETRY * POET
Similar to the November issue, these were two special edition issues I produced solo. It was a single sheet of legal-sized paper, declaring South’s girl’s basketball team winning the state championships. I designed them in the days leading up to the semifinals, when Mr. Eriksen printed them the day of their final game. If they won, he passed them out to the crowd. If they lost, we pretended they were never produced. These remain some of our most popular issues, with several copies still hanging up around the school, including teacher classrooms and the main office. The title on each main cover is meant to be a reference to each year’s star plater. The 2015 issue used Katie McWilliams’ jersey number to complete the phrase “We are #1,” while “Twice as Nice is a reference to Evina Westbrook’s jersey number, 22.
PAINTINGS * PAINTINGS * PAINTINGS * PAINTIN
These are all mock up pages, and a cover design, for my project INK Magazine. INK has been around at South since the 1980s, but a recent issue has not been published since 2015. INK is a student submission run publication. Submissions can be poetry, art, creative writing, creative essays, short plays, photograohy, or even videos for our online issue, The cover at right is a basic design we are currently working off of - we are also planning to ask the art teacher Mrs. Gilmour if she would like to ash her students to design a cover. A sample painting page is in the bottom left. It is not completely finished, as the artist has contacted me to say she will be finishing another piece in the series. Poetry is in the bottom right. I attempted to collect them on the page according ti similar tones or general themes or moods.
NAMELESS PINK HIGH OMNISCIENCE HEELS Sophia Avalon Lee I know you’re there, don’t pretend you are not, you’re in my chest I cherish it. I know your face see it, I feel your air I breathe it. Can’t you hear the silence that cleaves through this place? It’s so very loud in here, I can taste your blood in my mouth my dear. And now all I can hear is agonizing cries, they greatly aﬄict me. I watched your divine becoming for so long, so long it’s becoming weak. I never wished for it to happen with such tribulation, you lovely, lovely creature. Why give up such ecstasy, such rapture. Why my dear, to be with me would be that of such hopeless fault, for I am a gatekeeper and your sweetness is not to be depressed by my immortal desire. I walked alongside you each day, though that was not enough to satisfy your needs, you betrayed me. Now I see you die I see you fall, did you not know that I loved you best of all? Bleeding...bleeding, so much blood and your radiance is fleeting, your reflection of beauty, it is leaving, and I can not breathe no more. Dying...dying, your mind has stopped fighting, your soul is deciding to let it’s essence pour. As I hold your cold body in remorse, I think of how divine it would be for you to be mine, you see, to feel your breathe just one last time for me,... and if you could open your eyes,... and to look right into mine… and to see my soul intertwined with your own, so I could say: “My Darling you are so very numb, and I’m sure you are curious of what is to come, so please do follow me along, and I will make you as free as you could ever wish to be; free with me”.
Originally published in a collection of the same name
Justine Grassman These shoes were excited for tonight They had every right to be Tall and painful they were after hours of travel But that’s what you expect from Pink high heels They have been put on To relieve you from their thoughts And let your feet dance The night away in Pink high heels But these shoes weren’t happy all night long The day of dreams went bad You drove home in tears Abandones by your friends All alone in your Pink high heels
Graphic by Reece Lindgren
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he team practices in a warm up exercise before they play Sprague to make sure they are well prepared for the match. Each player took a ball out of the cart, jumped, and attempted to spike the ball over the net before ducking under the net and retaking their place at the end of the line.
orwin Bowersox ‘17, Taylor DeJoode ‘17, and Hunter Biviano ‘17 play golf at their country club themed door. Their backdrop was an extravagant building on a green lawn, while small patches of astroturf and tees were laid around. They challenged many of the passing children and parents to hit a hole-in-one. Q: How did you occupy yourself during Safe Halloween, and what was the general reaction to you traversing the halls?
even members of the team sit on the bench while coach layers Melody Gaard ‘20 and Sierra Hoffman Janie Knabe stands and observes the game. Emma Hur‘20 are positioned in the backcourt. They were ley ‘20 was positioned in the backcourt near Knabe, waitpreparing for a rally from the opposing team, ing for a Saxon player to serve the ball to the Sprague side. the Sprague Olympians.
These are all photos I took for my assigned spread, along with the multitude of captions I wrote. The workload on this page was supposed to be 50/50 split with my spread partner, but due to her workload as sports editor, I took ineciative to finish the majority of the page to accomodate her busy schedule.
A: Aaron Satyanarayana ‘17 walked around with a ukelele during the event, away from the stereotypical themed French club door that Natalie Dunn ‘17 and Cameron LaRaut ‘17 were at, singing songs in the language. “Yeah, there was really nothing to do. I wanted to do a door that was like, cruise themed, because I did airplane theme last year, but I was gone the day they voted on the theme, so it was my way of having fun, the last year of doing the doors. I got a few compliments, and then I think Mrs. August told me to stop shouting in the halls,” Satyanarayana said. This was my deadline two spread, the Safe Halloween event held at South every year. My intent behind the interview with Aaron was to inject some humor into the page, and also some insight into what went on outside of the photos. A yearbook is meant to capture memories, so writing detailed captions should be a main goal.
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Yearbook These are all dividers photos, or the main shots that divide the different deadlines from each other. Each one of these was organized and arranged by Kiersten Lemire and I. Our Yearbook theme is “Our Saxon Story,” so we chose to focus on taking photos that incorporate both our mascot, Saxon Man, and students of various grades. This was the summer divider.
These are various photos I’ve taken during Yearbook. The first two, and the one in the bottom left, are for the LINK spread (a student run buddy program here at South.) This was not one of my assigned spreads, but I knew who was in charge, and since he did not have the prope lunch to take photos, so I offered to go for him. Along with these photos, I have also conducted interviews for him that were used on the final page. The middle left is a club photo of National French Honor Society. A girl named Olivia was meant to take the photo, but Natalie told me she missed three separate appointments to do so, so I stepped in and took the photo in her place. Truth be told, I did not take the middle right photo; a reporter named Mazkenzie Rolf did. It was for INK Magazine, a club we are all a part of, but no Yearbook photographer had ever talked to me about taking a photo, so I arranged it myself.
This was our fall divider. Within it, several Leadership students are tossing a leaf pile with Saxon Man. When we were designing this shot, the janitor raking the leaves gave us permission to take the photo and mess with the leaves as long as we cleaned up afterwards.
The winter divider photo was taken during Spirirt Wek at our school (Santa Hat Day.) We found as many students as we could wearing hats, and took them to the Rose Auditorium where the Christmas trees were set up. With the help of one of the theatre stage hands, they plugged in the trees for us, providing a cherrily lit background.
Staff & Ads Editor
Hi! My name is ______. I’m with South Salem’s yearbook, and I was wondering if you would be interested in buying an advertisement for this year’s yearbook. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND: Always be polite, you are the seller and they are the buyer All forms of payment are accepted (cash, check, money order, etc.) Never offer a deal without talking to your ads manager or supervisor first If you have any questions about something, put them on hold and ask the manager. If the manager is unavailable, try answering the question to the best of your knowledge. If you sell an ad you get a free yearbook!
An example of the ads packet I give out to the staff everytime I hold an ads meeting. Included is a coversheet with a basic script, pointers, and pre-approved packages (left), along with the yearbook and Clypian ad forms, in case a pacakge is sold (below).
Broadcast Saxon Wrap Up II
SWUII [November 17, 2015] Saxon Wrap Up II is my personal broadcast that I developed off of two previous seniors’ segment Saxon Wrap Up. It entails drawing news topics out of a fishbowl, and discussing the concepts and situation around the latest events. It is meant to be a lot more informal. This was one of the first SWUII segments with my normal cohosts,, Tim Lundin and Ryan Ruiz. Already, I’m attempting to appear less static and learning to ad lib more.
SWUII [November 1, 2016] This was one of my later shows with who became my regular cohost Suzanna Johnson. The two of us have been working together for at least a year, and still continue to host SWUII and SaxonTV together. Within this broadcast, the presence of the word “like” is very obvious, but I was getting more confident with being on camera and presenting stories and questioning my cohosts with throughful concepts.
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SWUII [December 6, 2016] Josie Canini is my other main cohost for this segment. This was one of her first times on camera, but we’ve been told we compliment each other well. One problem is that I still don’t look at the camera enough - I have a tendency to focus on the person sitting next to me. My hand motions have also become extravagant. Overall, however, I’m proud of the progress SWUII has underwent, and I hope someone continues it after I leave.
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SaxonTV [March 5, 2015]
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This was the first time I ever actualy hosted SaxonTV, and it was one of my first ever appearances on camera. Within this semester, I also hosted sports once, and did an interview segment. Looking back, since these broadcasts I have learned to be a lot less static, and to look at the camera more often to achieve a personable connection with the audience.
Broadcast In a Minute
https://www.facebook.com/ salemkeizerschools/videos/10153952730431122/ In a Minute was a video series run by Aaron Harada of the Salem-Keizer school district, where Daryl, a McKay student, and I went around to different locales and presented on what prgrams they had to offer. I was offered a hosting job due to reccomendation from myadvisor, Mr. Erikson. The videos were then posted on the school district website, and their Facebook page. While I cannot find specific dates, the series was run from 2015 - 2016.
SaxonTV [September 19, 2015]
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This video was recorded at the beginning of my year as a junior, after I had cohosted the Oregon Sports Awards. As one of the only returning “veterans” to the class, I hosted the show by myself. Our show has gone through several renovations. This was one of the last few shows we filmed in front of the black curtain. Afterwards, we got a tricaster and began using CGI sets, like seen below.
SaxonTV [December 1, 2016]
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[3:30 - 5:30] There was a sports slum at the school during this period, so to make up for it, I interviewed one of the top wrestlers at South, Abby Whitney. This was actually a throwback interview, as I had talked to her about the same subject on SaxonTV sophmore year, and had said I would check back with her; and I did, two years later.
https://www.facebook.com/ salemkeizerschools/videos/10153952730431122/ This was the last video of the series we filmed that year, and Daryl had contacted Mr. Harada saying he couldn’t come. On short notice, I asked Zia Habekost to cohost with me. Zia runs the Saxon Wrap Up broadcast during newspaper.
Podcast What’s Your Issue?
October: [27:58 min] This was the first cooptional podcast that Eric Wunderlich, Hayden Cobos, and I did. We covered one topic I personally pursued within the print and broadcast realms - national politics in relation to local, and how media affects the elections. We also covered the DDOS hack that had occured just that day, which then turned into a discussion on how social media affects real life. The three of us debated the positive and negative consequences of being able to express emotions so freely in a public space. Changing topics to recent events, we then dicsuessed a prominant building collapse in Portland and the psychology behind people saving each other. Overall, this was our first coopttional podcast, and has become our favorite to record. Not only that, but it’s become our most popular podcast segmet on the Saxon Radio One channel.
November: [23:00 min] Eric Wunderlich let me open this cooptional with a recap of our time at Fall Press day that had just ocurred. We all discussed the classes we attended, as well as the awards that our classmates won. The one year anniversay of Saxon Radio One had also just apssed. We revisted a previous topic from out first cooptional about argument tactics, and what it really means when you change your opinion. This went hand in hand with a No Excuses podcast topic about riots and the protests in Portland. School related, we discussed school plays; Rose’s Ghost Stories in Ocotber, and the upcoming A Christmas Carol. The play then evolved into the role of Christmas in schools. Our podcasts are meant to very opinionated and casual. We like to discuess and debate with each other, trade stories and ideas.
December/January [29:49 min] Our podcast began this time with anticdotes about the snow and the school we missed bevause of it. Halfway through, we covered New Year’s and the concept of resolutions. We also began venturing into the territory od a repeated segment on the show. Our first one was “Weird Things about Portland,” to share the uniqueness Oregon. The second was a spooky section, bringing up the fact vs. faked aspects of paranormal/supernatural entities, along with any scary stories or experiences around the area we’ve heard about. This later turned into debate about what proof really means when people remain skeptical. This was when I started getting more comfortable with speaking more and raising my voice, which was definitely amplified because of the ease and the atmosphere of the podcast we had established.
Vivien Rose-Phillips [5:46 min] This was the first podcast I ever recorded, not just this segment, and I used it to help form how I treated my guests afterwards. Vivien expressed some nervousness afterwards about her confidence on tape, so I began providing sample questions to my following guests to prepare them. Her stories for the issue were about selling clothes online, which led us to a discussion about disposable income, along with basic business interactions for student-aged people. We also disucssed her job at the paper and the status of the Clypian. Due to my previous inexperience with podcast, most of my beginning podcasts are six inutes or under.
Sophia Lee [5:00 min] This was my third issue, and I was still working out what exactly I wanted my opening to sound like. Sophia was provided with an aforementioned question list, and she did mention it made her feel better about appearing on tape. Near the end of the podcast, we covered her reporter duties at the Clypian. Due to the fact that this was the October issue, Sophia was writing a story about supernatural events within Salem, so we discuessed student endangerment in the name of thrills, and basic fascination with the paranormal. She was also writing an opinion piece on the bathroom conditions at our school. It’s a popular topic at our school due to their rundown condition. We later expanded this to include the current issue of trans* bathrooms, and the Target controversy at the time.
Natalie Dunn/Mackenzie Rolf [18:25 min] This was one of the latest podcasts I have recorded, and the three of us centered it entirely around one story idea the three of us were interested in, and were writing together: fairness in competition. We tried to explore not only how competition affects different types of people, but why it may be alluring or beneficial, as well as the opposite. The story associated with this podcast, however, will not be released until our March 22 issue.
May 4, 2015 Abortion protesters on sidewalk by SSHS. School officials got involved. Free speech or violation of law?
These are a series of photos I tweeted out during the 2016 graduation, using our personal hashtag, #ClypianCoverage, along with #SSHSGraduation and #2K16SSHS so users could find them easily. Along with the tweets, I was at graduation livestreaming and hosting a preshow with Avery Chitwoof.
September 16, 2016 Religious speaker present on public property outside of South after school released at 2:20 p.m.
We have gotten a series of protestors at our school over the years, and I have been documenting it on our twitter through a series of photos and questions for users. The concept expressed in the first tweet (upper left) has since been expanded into print, video, and audio in which I interviewed our school police officer about freedom of speech, time/place/right laws, and why they choose our school to perform at.
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Kate Brown Sworn in as New Governor [February 18 , 2015]
oday at 9:45 a.m. Kate Brown was sworn in and became Oregon’s second female governor following the resignation of former governor John Kitzhaber. Overall, reactions seems to be increasingly positive for Kate Brown. She has announced that she will attempt to regain the people’s trust in their state government. To also reassure the people, she swore that not only would she never take any sort of bribe, that her family would not. “I think she’s coming into an extremely difficult position,” Courtney said. “She has great personality traits for this situation; very positive, loves to laugh. She’s in an impossible situation but she’s a sturdy mid-westerner and an Oregonian.” John Kitzhaber announced his resignation last week after controversy involving his fiancée. There was a considerable discussion about whether he would resign or not. Insiders said he would, but he announced
he wouldn’t. Only days later he changed his statement. “There’s a lot of mixed feelings because there’s a lot of respect for all the good things he’s done for this state and it’s just sad,” Operations Director Carol Suzuki said. “It’s just sad. People are hoping these legal investigations will yield some answers and quite possibly clear his name.” Before today, Kate Brown served in the legislature for 17 years, and has been the Secretary of State since 2008. She practices law and has been instrumental in legal acts such as the Oregon Equality and Oregon’s Family Fairness Act. “I don’t think she’s ever lost an election,” Speaker of the Senate Peter Courtney said. “She’s a very formidable opponent.”
This was one of my first web only stories, and I wrote it with the current editor Tiara Scott. The two of us, along with photographer Ghloe Curtis, attended Kate Brown’s inagruation. I also used the government contacts I had previously established to get exxclusive interviews. That day, I was the only reporter Speaker of the House Peter Courtney agrred to talk to. Above is what our website looked like as of February 15. We do not use a Snow site, instead we use Wordpress and code/design everything ourselves. I work with web editor Justin Bodily to keep it updated. The banner and the generic section thumbails (seen: sports and feature) were made by our graphics designer, Reece Lindgren.
A Week in Saxon Sports [September 30 , 2015] Suicide Prevention Week All this week, the theme for home games will be purple for suicide prevention. Shirts and bracelets are available for sale in the upper commons for $10 and $1 respectively. Students are also suggested to wear purple on Friday for the cause. Water Polo Both boys and girls water polo teams beat the West Salem Titans last night at the Kroc Center. Spencer Garfield and Savannah Bowles both scored 4 goals each, accounting for over half of South’s 13 points. They won 13-7. The boys won with a large gap as well, with 15 points to West’s 8. Brian Prodzinski scored 6 goals, and Skylar Reed 3.
Zia Habekost is up for nomination for Statesman Journal’s Athlete of the Week for her seven saves in the Tuesday game against Sprague, leading to a 12-5 win, and her seven saves in the Thursday game against West Albany. As of Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. she has 32% of the votes, placing her in second. Cross Country The Cross Country team will be traveling for their 4:00 p.m. game today at McNary. Horseback Riding South’s Equestrian team is still looking for members. Any interested students should meet in the library tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
In addition to design and web management, I was in charge of the daily story sector for almost two years. This entailed writing daily updates on school events, sports like aboce, or local news blurbs. Overall, I’ve written almost 200 stories and have about 25% of the content on the website. I have Google docs 40+ pages long filled with articles.
Evina Westbrook named All-American [March 14, 2016] MaxPreps recently named Evina Westbrook ‘17 as a third team All-American Player of the Year, in addition to her other titles this season. She has been named first team all-Greater Valley Conference, Greater Valley Conference player of the year, first-team Class 6A all-state, Class 6A player of the year, and Gatorade Oregon player of the year. “Evina Westbrook is perhaps the best high school female athlete I have ever seen. She can score from anywhere, at any time, against any type of defense. She is the benchmark to how we compare all other players,” Casey Williams, the head coach for Sprague, said in the About section of Westbrook’s Gatorade page. Past Gatorade players of the year include Katie McWilliams ‘16, and Katie Donovan ‘15. As a junior point guard, she averaged 19.1 points, 4.8
rebounds, 4.1 steals, and 3.9 assists per game. This help lead South Salem to a 29-1 record and their second consecutive OSAA Class 6A state championship. “Winning Nike Nationals then winning back to back state titles with my high school team was definitely two major highlights from this year. I think my favorite highlight from each team was all the laughs we had together,” Westbrook said in her Gatorade Q&A. “During the summer my teammates and I had walked to a little market to get some ice cream with our coach, Kelly Sopak. Small memory’s like that are the most important to me because you can never get them back. Everyone remembers the trophies, but not everyone remembers moments.”
As part of my daily story job, I tracked the girls’ basketball team and did daily updates on their games, scores, ranking, and opponents. This led to the creation of the championship issues (under Page Design) and eventually tracking Evina Westbrook’s career. The Clypian has had the most in-depth coverage of stories related to South’s most central sport. Even now that I am not on the basketball beat, there are usually stories published within a day, or even hours of any games or important Westbrook events.
South Salem Senior Goes Missing [September 9 , 2016]
South Salem senior and IB student Trevor Mitchell has been missing since midday Sunday Sept. 11, as the search for him continues. He was last seen in Stayton that day, and was reported missing to the Marion County sheriff’s office that evening. “One of my very best friends went missing. He is a sweet and wonderful guy and I’m so lucky to have in my life. His name is Trevor Mitchell and I want to see him again to tell him how much he means to me because I realized that I haven’t appreciated him enough in the past year,” Sammi Goto said in a Facebook post. Police were not officially looking for him, as Mitchell is 18 years old. His cell phone was last pinged around 2:30 p.m. in the Eugene area. Later, on Tuesday, his black four-door Toyota Corolla was found abandoned at the Separation Creek Trailhead, in the McKenzie River vicinity, a popular place to hike and bike. Family is unsure of whether or not he was alone, or with someone. “If you know anyone that frequents the Mckenzie trails please tell them to be on the look out for him. It has been over 3 days and I miss him. We miss him.” Goto said. The official search, conducted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, began on Tuesday
on both foot and horseback through surrounding trails. A K-9 team was introduced on Wednesday. Searches are expected, at least, to continue through the weekend. His disappearance has been described as “extremely uncharacteristic” by family members. When he was last seen around noon on Sunday, he wearing a navy polo shirt, dark blue jeans, and a pair of black Vans. Mitchell has sandy or strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes, and is approx. 5-foot-9 and 135 pounds. Posters of Mitchell with his description and photo have been posted in and around the Eugene area, as well as on social media. Anyone with information, who has seen or made contact with him since his disappearance is implored to contact the Lane County’s Sheriff Department at 541-682-4141. “My friend Trevor has gone missing, so if anyone has seen him or has any information on where he could be, call the Lane County Search and Rescue,” Jacob Angelo ‘17 said. “He is a really great person, and we are all very worried about him.”
When Trevor Mitchell went missing earlier this year, the Clypian tried to remain on top of coverage. I wrote daily stories documenting the week, and our social media team tweeted our posters, imploring for help. It was a sensitive subject, but due to the closeness and personal nature of the case, it was important to cover it in house and get student feelings out there. After the discovery, we put the logo of the suicide hotline on our website for a while, where students could click it and be redirected to the website.
Body of South Salem Senior Found [September 19 , 2016] Trevor Mitchell, 18, a senior at South, was officially found deceased on Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Three Sisters area. His body was found by hikers near Separation Lake. Initial investigation revealed apparent signs of suicide, but the official ruling from the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Officer has not been released yet. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will also be investigating the death. A Celebration of Life for Mitchell will be held on Thursday Sept. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Willamette Valley Baptist Church in Aumsville. Casual attire is suggested. Mitchell’s family is also asking for photos, stories,
memories, or last words to be posted on his Facebook memorial page. Plans are to use the content for a memory book in his honor. Several Saxon students have already posted. Many South students and staff came to school Monday wearing purple to honor Mitchell. A large banner with purple lettering declaring “Once a Saxon always a Saxon” was also signed by much of the student population and hung up.
25 I was nominated by my advisor, Mr. Eriksen to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference hosted by George Mason University in Washington D.C. Overall, I was one of a handful of students that represented Oregon. It was a very enlightening experience. To the left, these were photos taken at the lecture given by the Assoiated Press’ Race and Ethnicity Editor Sonya Ross. I can be seen standing front row in the teal blouse. She was witty and charming, even bringing up the concept of Black People Twitter. Below are a few of the tweets Is eent out over the course of the week as part of my coverage. Thoy were of the first night’s speaker, David Culper, who spoke about broadcast and his visit to Cuba. Inaddition to tweets, I also recorded and posted audio recordings. Photos courtesy of the WJMC Facebook page.
WASHINGTON JOURNALISM & MEDIA CONFERENCE
Oregon Sports Awards
https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=CU_ IYYxxuXk
[8:05 to 15:00] In 2015, Mr. Eriksen once again suggested I push outside my comfort zone and try something new. At this time, I had been unofficially enrolled in his TV Production class and had appeared three times on camera - once to hose, once for sports, and once in an interview segment. As he suggested, however, I created an audition video for the #BeLikeNeil contest since a South student had won the year before. Lo and behold, I won. In person, Neil Everett joked that I hadn;t discuessed sports at all in my audition, but that I had the “stage presence.” With that, I cohosted a seven minute live segment with him in front of a crowd of roughly 800 at NIKE Headquarters. It was intensely nerve rattling, but I found I enjoyed being on stage. Since then, I’ve been on camera countless times.
Excerpt below from: An In-Depth Look at the Oregon Sports Awards Student Media Summit [June 7, 2016]
Last year, instead of holding the #BeLikeNeil contest, NIKE elected to hold a Student MediaSummit for student reporters from schools that had Play it Forward nominees. I was the only representative from South. Similar to what I would later experience at WJMC, there were a lot of guest speakers. Here, however, the main focus was how to get more kids interested in sports. I impressed everal of the speakers with my wide range of skills and involvements, while I was impressed by their jobs. The Madison High advisor I was sitting with had to ask if my classmated were as involved as I am. The photos above detail Neil Everett coming to speak to us about not giving up on our careers, talking about his own journey. Below is the tour we took of the headquarters.
This year, in collaboration with the Play It Forward sponsors, Nike and Providence Health Services, the Oregon Sports Awards collaborated to put on the Student Media Summit, which began at 10:30 a.m. and ran until the end of the awards that night. “Modeled in the spirit of our host, Brian Berger’s annual Sports PR Summit, the Oregon Sports Awards Media Summit (SMS) is an immersive daylong program on June 6th, focused around inspiration and discussion with guest speakers,” the invitation read. Nike invited students from all the schools who had Play It Forward nominees, including Central Catholic, Madison, and South. One student present was this year’s Rose Princess. The Play It Forward award and fund was introduced at last year’s Sports Awards, and is meant to honor one high school and one college student who dedicate their time to making kids active. Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota, a former player for the Oregon Ducks, while this year was Gavin Begay from Madras. In years past, the awards have hosted the #BeLikeNeil contest, in which high school send in videos of them sportscasting and declaring why they should be given the chance to co-host the awards with Neil Everett, an ESPN sportscaster on SportsCenter. The 2014 winner was Lily Gordon ‘14 from South. The summit itself was highly informative and planned very well. The first half of the summit in the morning was dedicated to Student Media Summit, or SMS speakers.
Orginally published online on Clypian.com as am opinion piece
27 OREGON SPORTS AWARDS
OREGON SPORTS AWARDS
Fall Press Day Fall Press Day is an annual tradition for the Clypian. The only day we have not attended was back in 2015 when it was held on a Saturday. Back in sophomore year, I entered the on site writing feature contest and was overwhelmingly underprepared. This year, I entered the on site new writing competition and won second in a room of twenty or so people. It was such a rush - and I felt the same excitement when Mackenzie won first. I was also pleasantly surprised by my podcast rankings, considering that this was my trial year. SaxonTV also performed very well. Like previous years, I enjoyed Fall Press Day. Iâ€™m so proud of my reporters, the underclassmen that have come in and Iâ€™ve got to train, got to see them surpass me in talent. Lizzy Palmquist wishes to grow up and be a journalist as well, and I fully plan to recomend her tot ake over my editor-in-chief position after I graduate.
Anna Scherer was presented with an award for achievement in Vocational Technology. Anna is a senior at South Salem High School. She is the editor of the school newspaper and has performed every duty necessary for the Saxon TV online show: host, camera operator, director, etc. Anna was lauded for being a hard worker and for her willingness to put in long hours outside of school to work on projects that the entire school benefits from. Anna spoke to the group for a few minutes and began by thanking her faculty mentor Brian Erickson for his part in pushing her out of her comfort zone and encouraging her to achieve what she was capable of. Anna related a relevant
incident in which Mr. Erickson encouraged her to audition for a broadcasting competition when she was a sophomore. Anna ended up winning the competition and as a result hosted the Sports Awards at the Nike Center which entailed speaking in front of an audience of 800 people. Anna says she really enjoys working on projects that have multiple efforts come together to make a great final product, such as the school newspaper. After high school, Anna plans to attend either University of Oregon to study pre-journalism and political policy or Gonzaga University for journalism.
Written by Meridith Brand
Last month, I had no idea what the Optimist Club was. I had no idea this award or the organization even existed until Mr. Eriksen handed me a printed e-mail that stated he reccommended me fpr Most Involved in Vocational Technology for my association with the newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, podcast, and INK Magazine. It was honestly such an experience being there. I attended the event with Mr, Eriksen, my mother, and Natalie Dunn. Everyone there was so kind, and hearing the achievements of Melvin Sisto, who was awarded Most Involved in Performing Arts, was inspiring. I am not 18 yet, but when I turn, I believe I may be interested in joining the organization and donating my time toit.
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FALL PRESS DAY
The sequel to storyboard: after we compile ideas and the staff and editors sign up for stories, I enter the reporters and their assignemtns into a color-coded spreadsheet so the editors can track their progress.
In the middle of an INK Magazine meeting. Hannah Myers, in the orange sweater, called the meeting to discuss how we could increase student submissions, talk about the cover design, and the layout of our pages.
Even though my title is staff/ads editor, I try to help out wherever I can. Here, Kiersten Lemire, the student life editor, and I are inspecting the Christmas play spread and discussing how we can improve the photo captions on the page.
In a break from my normal cohost, Julian Contreras and I hosted Saxon Wrap Up II together. Our main topic of the show was about whether it is company responsibility to be aware of their products, like brightly colored Tide pods, being enticing to children, or parents.
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Before we begin the monthly cooptional, Eric Wunderlich, Hayden Cobos (offscreen), and I discuess what topics we want to cover, along with the general time contrainsts we have.
After Julian and I finished pur SWUII episode and the people working on Tricaster that week uploaded our broadcast to schooltube, we checked in with web editor Justin Bodily to make sure he uploaded to to the web.
In a rare casual day, the Teal Team took a group photo in front of the White House as we walked around D.C., grabbing lunch before attending our next lecture. Our team motto was â€œTeal Infinity, and beyond!â€?
At the student media summit, a Madison High student and I got the chance to shadow a PR person, playing celebrity scavenger hunt. One such celebrity was Nat Borchers, who was kind enough to stop for a photo before we delivered him to the pre-sports awards broadcast. He was there accepting a trophy on behalf of the Portland Timbers.
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