My 3 Articles That Illustrate My Development As A Writer
MLB Postseason Article
This was my first article that ever went into a paper. As you can, my first draft was very big and had multiple errors. Luckily, I had good peer editors and I was able to fix my article accordingly. Eventually, I made it small and direct enough that it was able to fit on a page with 9 other articles. I learned from this article that not only do you have to be precise and short in your articles, but you also have to treat the people you're reporting to like they're ignorant. This is because you don't want them to be confused with any parts of the article based on the fact that they have no previous knowledge.
Public Vs. Private School Article
This was my first opinions article. It originally started long, but I was able to cut it down to an appropriate size. This article made me realize how lucky I was to be writing in the paper. I've always wanted my thoughts and opinions to be heard and I realized with Journalism, I was able to do this. I also realized from this piece that opinion pieces aren't a rant that you'd find in a blog, but more like a persuasive essay. You have to agree somewhat with the other side with a counter-argument, but you always have to stick with your opinion. You also need facts to support your claim.
Boston Bombings Article
This was the final article I choose because I thought it was my best news piece. I wrote it as a add-on piece to the paper after the Boston Marathon Bombings that occurred on one April day. I remember spending hours researching the story from multiple media sources, piecing repeating patterns in my mind to form the right story. I put down so much information I had to change the subject of the story completely in order to make an article that fit on the News Page and was the most interesting part of my original article. It was my first article I was truly proud of, as I was complemented by many of my peers and teachers on how well I cleared up the story for them. I felt a sense of accomplishment and I was proud I had helped people. It made me realize the true rewards of writing.