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Staffs of Gloria Shields By: Ana Pendergast and Taylor Pitzl

Hundreds of student journalist from across the country have gathered at the Gloria Shields Workshop for a common interest: journalism. Though there are many similarities between staffs, the differences are striking. The following features showcase the difference in staff organization, size and many other factors.

High school: Ryder High School in Wichita Falls, Texas

Publication: The Ryder Chronicle

Position: Editor in Chief

Medium: Print and online, working towards mostly online

Staff members: 6

Publishing frequency: Print every 2 months, Online daily

Staff organization: Newspaper staffers write and design; Photographers supply photos

Earliest students can join: Second semester freshmen can join

Staff traditions: Parties on deadline day

Funny story: A staffer last year ambushed the staff with silly string at one of the parties

High School: Loudoun High School in Ashburn, Virginia

Publication: Saga Yearbook

Staff size: 30

Staff organization: Photographers are assigned, staff is split between 5 classes

Staff traditions: ‘Meme Wall’ we print out pictures of staffers who look weird in pictures and post them on the wall

Earliest students can join: Sophomore year

Prerequisites: Photo Journalism 1

High school: Lovejoy High school in Lucas, Texas

Publication: Newspaper

Position: Feature writer

Medium: Online only

Staff members: 30-40

Publishing Frequency: About three stories per day

Staff Organization: A few people do both writing and photography but most specialize in one area.

Earliest students can join: Freshman year as long as they take the class Basics of Journalism at some point.

Staff traditions: Every Friday, the staff has “F&R time” which stands for friendship and respect. They go around the room holding a stuffed chicken and discussing their week.

High school: North Garland High School in Garland, Texas

Publication: Raider Echo

Position: Editor of Newspaper

Medium: Print and online

Staff members: 5

Publishing frequency: 4 issues a year

Staff organization: Separate reporters, designers and photographers but mixing occurs

Earliest students can join: Freshmen if they have needed skills

Prerequisites: Graphic Design or Journalism 1

Funny story: The staff jokes that they have “two moms.” They got a new advisor after their first advisor got promoted within the school. The first advisor still sees them everyday and helps them along with the new one.

High school:Free State High School in Lawrence, KS

Publication: Online, yearbook and newspaper

Position: Multimedia editor

Staff members: about 30

Publishing frequency: Newspaper, monthly; Yearbook yearly in the spring

Staff organization: All 3 staffs mixed; Designer, reporters and photographers duties are split

Staff traditions: Staff banquet with funny awards made up by the editors

Funny story: His first year on staff he won an award for all of the puns he would make.

Middle school: Kealing Middle School in Austin, Texas

Publication: KBTV Broadcast

Broadcast release: Every Tuesday. Click here to listen to their slogan.

Earliest students can join: 6th grade

Staff traditions: Movie parties after hard and challenging episodes and 8th grade themed broadcast at the end of the year

High School: Coppell High school in Coppell, Texas

Publication: Coppell Yearbook

Staff: 75

Yearbook release: Spring

Staff organization: Everyone takes pictures and writes captions. Section editors are in charge of different sections

Earliest students can join: Sophomore year

Staff traditions: Bigs and Littles to help new staffers acclimate and Late Nights where the staff stays at school until around 9:00 the night before a big deadline

High school: Shawnee Mission East

Publication: The Hauberk

Staff members: 75

Yearbook release: Spring

Staff organizations: Evenly split staff of reporters, designers, and photographers

Earlies students can join: Sophomore year

Prerequisites: Recommended but not needed

Staff traditions: Late nights every other Wednesday to work on yearbook.

Highschool: Marcus High School in Marcos Texas

Publication: Marquee

Medium: Newspaper and online

Staff: 22

Publishing frequency: Prints 4-6 times per year, and posts online 3 times per week

Staff organization: Staffers specialize unless there is a shortage in one area

Funny stories: Played “Just Dance” during finals week and did Zumba with their adviser

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