To quote The Beatles, it’s been a long and winding road. Here we are, the first edition of the Eisenhower Soaring Patriot for 2021-2022, your online newspaper. The tradition remains intact.
We have overcome a few obstacles to get here this year, even if the newspaper is launching at the end of the first semester. As the adviser, I prefer to think we are fashionably late to the party.
We have two full-time staff members this year, meaning they are enrolled in the third-hour Newspaper class. We started with three, but one decided to go virtual. This is quite a commitment for two young women, with their normal school schedules, working part-time outside of school, and the challenges COVID-19 and other health issues have brought to the table for our staff this year. We also started the year with some technical issues that had to be resolved and we had to learn to use the software that serves as our publishing platform.
In order to get content for the newspaper, I have recruited contributing reporters who do what is called “stringer” work in the newspaper biz, meaning they write individual stories for the paper as they are able, because they want to be part of the experience. Our contributing reporters have made it possible for us to finally get enough content to launch the online newspaper.
I want everyone to know that I am proud of our staff and the work they have produced. Our staff and our contributing reporters have put in a lot of effort. They are committed to producing a product that will provide you, our readers, with a variety of informative and entertaining articles and images. We are small, but mighty!
From here on out, throughout the rest of the year, we will be updating the online newspaper every week or two. It will usually be one or two stories at a time, rather than a full new edition. Everything we publish will remain on the website throughout the year, with new content posting at the top of each tab.
We’re glad to have all of you joining us on this journey. Stick around, don’t forget to check us out about once a week for new stuff, and let us know what you want to see.