Brainstorming Story Ideas

1.Gay-Straight Alliance
2.How The Economy Is Affecting Students
3.If Football Players Get Preferential Treatment
4.An Article About The Beachcomber Itself
5.The Rise Of Clubbing

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Reflection

Writing my first article has taught me a lot.I have always been interested in Journalism and I when I found out i was going to be in this class I was so excited but I will also admit that this class caused me a little bit of stress.But nethertheless,it was a very rewarding experience and I learned so much.One of the first things i learned is that to write a good news story you have to have a lot of information in your article.I had enough but I think it could have been better.All in all,a story is not a story if you don’t have all the facts.Also,I learned that you have to be unbiased and just stick to the facts.I am a very opinioniated person and while writing my story,I often fought the burning desire to write how I felt about the issue.But for the good of my article I just had to suck it up and keep writing.But i still hope I get an opinion piece next time! Hahahaha.Another important thing I learned is that The Beachcomber is like a small village.Everyone depends on each other.In order for the village(or in this case The Beachcomber),to blossom and flourish,everybody has to do their job and help each other improve or else the village would fall apart.I am so thankful that I am in a place where everyone cares so much about one common pupose and helping other people who are working toward that purpose too.But most importantly,I learned that to be a good journalist,you have to have confidence in yourself.You have to believe that you can do a great job.Also,if you don’t have confidence in yourself,how are the other people that work with you supposed to have confidence in you? This experience of writing my first article has been challening but worth it because from just writing one article,I learned lessons that will last me a lifetime.

Textbook Delays:Final Draft

Textbook delays causes by budget cuts at Miami Beach Senior High are causing teachers and students to have to deal with this issue in various ways such as students having to carry books to and from class and teachers alotting students to share books.Budget cuts have been affecting everything from teachers salaries to overpopulation in classes and it’s become apparent that lack of textbooks have become affected by this “They’re [the school board] isn’t giving the school to do our job so we’re just going to do the best with what we have.” explained Jodie Robins,Assistant Principal in charge of textbooks.Textbook delays have been on the rise due to the recent downfall in the economy which has cut teacher’s salaries and overflooded classrooms and now textbooks are suffering as a result of this.

According to Robins,200 more students enrolled in MBSH that the administration did not expect and were not financially prepared to provide textbooks for.

One method students are using to cope with this issue is to carry their books to and from classes.”It’s so frustrating that I have to carry heavy books all day” explained Freshman Natalie Mendez.

Also last year’s textbook delays are not nearly as bad as last year according to Sophmore Heather Strully.”They’re taking a lot longer to get books this year.” explained Strully

Textbook Delays 2nd Draft

Textbook delays have been on the rise at Miami Beach Senior High,affecting students and teachers alike.This issue is a result of budget cuts and overpopulation in the classrooms.Budget cuts have been affecting everything from teacher’s salaries to overpopulation in classes and it seems that lack of textbooks have become affected by this.”They’re [the school board] isn’t giving the school enough money to to do our job so we’re just going to do our best with what we have.”,explained Jodie Robins,Assistant Principal in charge of textbooks.Textbook delays have become more of an issue due to the recent state of the economy.

So how do students cope with this issue? By carrying their books to and from classes.”It’s so frustrating that i have to carry heavy books all day.A lot if my friends have to carry books too.” says Freshman Natalie Mendez

Some students have other methods in order to deal with this,”Since there aren’t enough textbooks for everybody,a lot of people have to share and and sometimes we have to wait until people finish so we can do our work” said sophomore Heather Strully.

Over-enrollment also contributes to this issue.”When your talking about textbooks,it’s a combination of increased enrollment,we had about 200 extra kids we didn’t expect to come through the door,and we have no money” said Robins.

Also last year’s textbook delays pale in comparison tot his year according to Sophomore Heather Strully,”They’re taking a lot longer to get books this year” said Strully.

Only time will tell if this issue gets resolved

Textbook Delays:First Draft

Students and teachers alike at Miami Beach Senior High have been affected by textbook delays.This issue is most likely a result from budget cuts.Budget cuts have been affecting everything from teacher’s salaries to overpopulation in the classrooms and it seems that lack of textbooks have fallen into the mix.”They’re[the school board] isn’t giving the school enough money to do our job so we’re going to do the best with what we have says Ms.Robins who is in charge of textbooks.”A fair majority of students have to carry their books to and from class.””It’s so frustrating that i have to carry heavy books all day.A lot of my friends have to carry books too” says
Freshman Natalie Mendez.The textbook delays may have also been due to increased enrollment.”When your talking about textbooks,it’s a combination of increased enrollment ,we had about 200 extra kids we didn’t expect to come through the door,and we have no money” says Ms.Robins.So how do students get their work done? :Since there aren’t enough books for everybody,a lot of people have to share and sometimes we have to wait until people finish so we can do our work” says sophomore Heather Strully.So how do this year’s textbook delays compare to last year?”They’re taking a lot longer to get books this year” says Heather.When asked for closing statements,Natalie said “They should get more books delivered to the school”.And Ms.Robins said “If the department chairs prioritize which classes need textbooks the most,than they should be submitting orders to us.Only time will tell if this issue gets resolved.

Notes And Quotes #3

Name Of Reporter:Barbara Toledo

Story:Textbook Delays

Section:

Deadline:September 18,2009

Name Of Person Being Interviewed (CHECK SPELLING!):Heather Strully

Notes:Most students have to carry their books to and from class

“A lot of times there aren’t enough books for everybody”

“Sometimes we have to get our work done by sharing books and other times we have to wait until people finish so we can use their books.”

“They’re taking a lot longer to get books since last year.”

Notes And Quotes #2

Name of Reporter:Barbara Toledo

Story:Textbook Delays

Section:

Deadline:September 18,2009

Name of person being interviewed (CHECK SPELLING!):Ms.Robins

Notes and Quotes:Notes:1.There isn’t enough money for textbooks
2.There wasn’t a lot of textbook orders from the department chairs at the end of last year
3.The school has very little money from the district to pay for books

Quotes:”Let’s say there are 50 kids in a Geometry class,if your going to have a take-home set and a class set,you would need 100 books but if i only have 50,you would just have to bring it back and forth”

“When your talking about textbooks,it’s a combination of increased enrollment,we had about 200 extra kids we didn’t expect to come through the door,and we have no money to pay for books”.

“So if the department chairs prioritize which classes need textbooks the most,than they should be submitting orders to us”

“I would say that this has been an issue toward the end of last year and so far this year”

“They’re not giving us the funding we need to really do the job we need to get done,so we’re going to do the best with what we have.”