Student to Student
Let’s face it — the art of journalism isn’t dying; it’s just changing its identity. The old fashioned newspaper is still existent but not nearly as prevalent. The world is now full of computers, televisions and innovative technologies that help us all to stay involved and up to date with what is occurring around the globe. However, how many people actually stay in tune with all of this? Park City is a small town in Utah and could be seen as removed from any major news capitols. Even then, Parkites seem to have a relatively good grasp on world and local events, but how about their kids? Park City High School is an academically rigorous institution, which may not leave time for students to stay informed on the world around them. Even though the school newspaper, The Park City Prospector, is published daily with news that high school students can relate to, for some reason, it is still not frequently read.
Park City High School student, Jack Runburg said he tries to actively keep up with news as frequently as possible. "I read the New York Times pretty regularly and sometimes BBC. I could probably keep more up to date on local news, however."
Even though Runburg tries to follow world news, we have observed that he might be an exception. Other students at PCHS do not seem to directly rely on vast news sources such as the Times and BBC, but rather attempt to stay up to date with their cell phones. Apps such as Twitter have completely taken over the world of communication, and many students rely on its accessibility. In the busy world of a teenager, a quick blurb of news is preferred over a two-page story. At Park City High School in particular, most students are very involved and constantly on the go, which doesn’t leave much time for sitting down and reading through long articles. So, websites like Facebook and Twitter make accessing a constant stream of news perfect for already preoccupied teens.
"It’s easier to get my news on Twitter and Facebook because it’s right on my phone," said Park City High School junior, Dani Lecher.
This change in journalism, and in the way teens get information can be seen everywhere at our school. This year, Park City High School students received laptops. With this new technology, students are being encouraged to learn how to work with computers and to eliminate the use of paper. With the latest and greatest technologies being handed to the younger generations, a change in journalism is inevitable. Our peers have welcomed the change and have embraced the new technology and also style of learning. These new means of knowledge are much faster and more efficient and could prove to be beneficial in the long run.
As seniors, both of us are now editors at the school’s newspaper, The Prospector, which has given us three years of publication experience. We started off as staff writers, who the upperclassman would constantly step all over. We always got assigned the worst articles, the most obscure media projects, and the senior editors would always rip our writing to shreds.
Today, The Prospector is doing better than ever, but it is still not nearly getting the viewers that other local and school newspapers do. The paper isn’t printed and even though each student is provided with a laptop that allows them to easily access the website, for some reason the interest in the student body is lacking. For this reason, The Prospector has tried to move more in the direction of social media, and viewership has started to increase. Hopefully, as The Prospector increases the amount of news directed at students through social media and starts to focus more on relatable articles, the paper will become more prominent in the school and also in the community.
Even though we have had our fair share of frustrating and unsettling journalism moments in our high school career, our passion for the art of communication and our curiosity will always continue to grow. We both hope to evolve alongside the coming changes in the news and also social media scene. The world may change journalism, but journalism will change the world.
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