Trojan Times publishes for second year
WORTHINGTON -- Now in their second year of publishing, the minds behind Worthington High School's Trojan Times have more issues than they did before.
And that's not actually a bad thing.
After producing about 30 issues of the school's online newspaper last year, teacher Stacy Sauerbrei said students in his first quarter Trojan Online class have been turning out two issues a week and are on track to beat that number. In its first year, the paper was published online about once weekly while class was in session.
"We try to be working on two to three editions at a time," Sauerbrei said.
Students interview, write and take photographs; and take turns laying out the online edition of the paper, which is also available in print form in the school's media center.
"They have a lot of freedom, which can be scary, but they've been mature about it and not taken advantage of it," Sauerbrei said. "Since it's a group of juniors and seniors, they're more mature and take a lot of pride in the paper and how it looks and how articles are written."
Since last year, Sauerbrei said he has become more familiar with the technology needed to manage the Web page.
"I'm an English teacher, I'm not a techie," he said. "Last year, I went from knowing nothing to at least being able to teach the kids. And with young people, once you open the door to technology, they just go crazy. Now they have a lot more control over layout."
Juniors Dena Leach and Stephanie Pavelko said they really enjoyed the layout aspect of the class.
Pavelko said she likes "just putting it all together, making sure it looks right and correcting some writing errors."
"I definitely like taking pictures more than writing," commented Leach.
Students also learn about different types of writing. "I've learned that unless you're writing a column of your opinion, you need to stay as neutral as you can through the whole article," Pavelko said.
"It's a lot different than writing an essay," added senior Eric Van DerLinder. "I like doing random stories and stuff I think it would be fun to write about."
Each edition of the Times is filled with a variety of features: athlete and exchange student profiles, book reviews, poetry, quizzes and articles about everything from influenza to sports to Barbies.
In the second quarter, when no class is scheduled, Sauerbrei hopes to convert the paper into more of a creative writing publication, pulling from his students' work. The class will resume with a new group of students during second semester.
The most recent issue was published Wednesday and can be viewed online at www.isd518.net/HS/TOL/bpage.htm.