the importance of student run newspapers
All of the previous articles we have looked at have been written by large, mainstream news sources, but all of those journalists had to start somewhere, and that somewhere may just be on their university's newspaper staff. Yale University's student run newspaper The Yale Daily has been in print since 1878. Large schools such as Ohio State University and Arizona State University deliver their news to a student body of over fifty-thousand students. (Luther, 2012)
Almost every university has a student run newspaper to serve the student body with campus, local and global news. Not only does the paper spread news, but it offers students managing positions, editing jobs, journalism experience and so on. It also teaches students how to work and cooperate with a large group of other people since there are many behind the scenes jobs that go into putting a newspaper together.
In this next chapter, we will take a look at Saint Joseph University's newspaper known as The Hawk. The Hawk is based out of Philadelphia, PA and was first published in 1929. According to The Hawk's Facebook page, a new paper is printed every Wednesday of the school year with the print circulation of about 2,500 copies. Before we observe their most recent issue, below is an interview with their Assistant Lifestyle Editor, Franki Rudnesky and her time on The Hawk.
Interviewer: Thanks for taking time out of your day to answer questions about your time on The Hawk staff. When did you join The Hawk?
Franki: I joined The Hawk my freshmen year as a writer and then this semester (spring 2017) I became the assistant lifestyle editor.
Interviewer: What is your favorite part about being part of the organization?
Franki: I love writing about unique and relevant stories, then being able to see my writing in print. I also love working with the editorial team of The Hawk because they're all great and I've been learning a lot and gaining useful experiences.
Interviewer: What do you write about?
Franki: I write in the lifestyle section. We cover music, art, TV, movies, plays, profiles, entertainment...basically everything that is not covered in the other sections.
Interviewer: Are you familiar with the Inverted Triangle method of journalism? If so, do you find it useful when writing?
Franki: Yes, I'm familiar with the triangle from my journalism course and I do find it very helpful.
Interviewer: Do you read other forms of journalism in your free time? If so, which do you read most often?
Franki: Yes! I read a lot of news, usually the Philly Inquire, Philly Magazine, The New York Times, my local paper at home and more. Anything I can get my hands on, really.
You can find out more about Franki Rudnesky on The Hawk website where you can follow her Twitter account, or contact her for more information.
Franki is a good example of how journalism can not only be a way to share news to the public, but also be a good outlet for the creative side, open up doors for higher positions in the field all while improving your writing.
1.5 "The Hawk" April 2017