Monday afternoon, I met with CHS Senior Daniella Tutino, an avid participant in CoSA and a dedicated patron of the arts who can now add the phrase 'reviver of Coronado High School's newspaper' to her already-glowing resumé. Daniella is a passionate believer in the importance of writing, and understands the necessity of giving high school students a voice during a time in which many can feel lost. If anyone is up for breathing new life into CHS' newspaper, and making sure it appeals to its teenage readers, it's Daniella.
How did you decide to restart the newspaper?
"Over the summer, I had some friends who worked at the Union Tribune, and I [asked] 'What should I do to prepare for a career in journalism?' ... just to get some tips from people who do what I want to do. They [said], 'Well, first of all, are you involved in your school's newspaper?' And I realized 'No, we don't have one!' I figured I could totally make it a club. I got in touch with Mr. Hoang [an English teacher at CHS] and we e-mailed back and forth, and that's how it happened."
Who encouraged you to start it?
"Mr. Hoang was a huge inspiration for me to make the newspaper, because in class last year he showed us a copy of his own school's newspaper. I was like, 'Wow! I never even knew high school's had that professional of a newspaper.' That's kind of why I asked him, because I knew he had that background."
How much time has this endeavor taken?
"Hours and hours and hours. Basically it took over my entire summer, just trying to get some committed writers. Most of them are only seniors right now. It was all coming up with 'How am I going to get this to work as a club?' I e-mailed with Mr. Hoang, and I called all the paper companies. I even found samples of the newsprint I want to use! It was a lot of calling, and advertising, and asking professionals, 'What exactly is the hierarchy?' since I've never actually been a part of [a newspaper]."
Is there anyone that has helped you in the process?
"A big help so far, in really understanding the way a newspaper is, is Kristin Lindeman. She did a program at Boston University over the summer, and she has a whole notebook full of notes. We really discussed everything that was going to happen, and she's going to be my managing editor. That was a big help, and also a big cushion, so I know I have an actual student that is going to be solid."
How many writers do you want on your team?
"The whole team, I want to be around 40 or 50 [students]. It's $600-$700 per issue to print, because we want to use authentic newsprint. I'm looking for sponsors as we speak, but I'm going to let my advertising manager be the one who gets a form together [for local businesses to advertise]. As soon as our application process is over, we'll start looking for sponsors."
How often should students expect to meet?
"Meetings will be once a week. A lot of the work will rely on everyone's dedication; that's why I wanted to have an application process, to sift out the flakes because it's going to be a lot of work on your own. It just depends on if you're an editor, and how many articles you're writing."
When should the first issue be "hot off the press"?
"Hopefully our first issue will be in October, and there will be monthly issues [to follow]. The software that we're going to be using is Adobe InDesign, and one of the CoSA visual arts teachers will be teaching a couple of people how to use it, and the people who are in charge of the layout will have to use it every day."
What types of sections should students expect to see in the newspaper?
"I want it to be as professional as possible, so there'll be the typical sections: education, sports, features, news, entertainment, etcetera. And Kim Strassburger, the Creative Writing and Drama teacher, is hoping to put a literary insert into the paper. That'd be very cool. The main focus is to make sure that all parts of the campus are in the paper, so that means CoSA, ROTC, women and male sports, every aspect. Also maybe incorporating Palm [High School] into it."
Do you know what it will be called yet?
"I want to make it a collaboration, when we discuss the title. We aren't going to have a title until the first meeting, when everyone can vote and make suggestions."
How do you hope to grow the newspaper throughout the year?
"Eventually, it will be turned back into a class, which has its benefits and a bad side, too. Someone in the newspaper will be voted in to be editor-in-chief, but they have to be someone that has done [the newspaper] this year. Hopefully, the club will progress in the next couple of years, and become that class again. We'll see what happens!"
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