In the beginning, Ms. Palmer had a difficult time finding students to take on the job of editor-in-chief. “A lot of people joined, but people were a little hesitant to take leadership. I remember I didn’t have a flood of applicants for that position, even if I had a lot of people join the class.”
Leadership was not the only problem RedEye faced in its beginning years, however. Many administration complications arose in the development of the new site. “I think the biggest problem — it's still the biggest problem now today — is getting things paid for, and being told by the district ‘Oh you’re not allowed to register a domain, you’re not allowed to get a website, you’re not allowed to do this or that,” Palmer said. “It was just a lot of stumbling blocks and waiting for the district to do the next thing.”
Though Palmer founded Manual RedEye, she is not the current advisor for the staff. "I loved doing RedEye, and honestly if I had to choose between RedEye and doing yearbook, because back then, I was the yearbook teacher too, I would’ve just done RedEye, except there was no one to take over yearbook at the time," she explained. "I really love breaking news and harder journalism, that’s why I started RedEye. But it was just so hard, those publications are way too involved to have together and so I needed to back off from one and since I didn’t have a taker for yearbook I gave RedEye to Mr. Miller and I thought he was a really good match for that particular class too. Obviously, he’s done really well with it."
On the left: Mr. Miller with 2018-2019 EIC Piper Hansen.
While the main focus on RedEye is to publish news and other content that represents the Manual and Louisville communities, staffers still take time to enjoy the company of their amazing colleagues. Whether it's a breakfast party to celebrate a pitch meeting, or hanging out outside of RedEye hours, everyone considers their fellow staffers as some of their closest friends.
Most of the RedEye staff traveled to Washington D.C. for the NSPEA Journalism Conference in November, 2019. During this conference, 2019-2020 EICs Reece Gunther and Maddie Gamersfelder hosted a session on how to be a good leader of a staff.
A video recap of part of the 2019-2020 RedEye staff's D.C. trip.