EICs at newspapers2

By Angel Miranda, EIC El Monte High School

In the newsroom, the editor-in-chief navigates the direction of the newspaper for the rest of the staff to follow. But there’s more than meets the eye to an editor.

Contrary to popular belief, newspaper editors’ lives aren’t confined to the newsroom. They have passions and interests that lie outside of writing.

Take a look at Joseph Barnes, for example. The Fairfax High School EIC is also a sneaker enthusiast. So great is his passion for sneakers, he describes it as an “addiction.”

Ashima Kundu, co-EIC of Woodbridge High School, however, collects knockouts instead; she is a second degree black belt in taekwondo. Her partner, Anamaria Sayre, exercises dialectic thought as captain of the mock trial team.

Hollywood High School’s EIC Vanessa Centeno reviews news articles by day and does laps at the pool by night as a dedicated swimmer.

Many other news editors balance their time with another hobby such as Mater Dei High School EIC Kate Wasson, San Joaquin Memorial High School EIC Victoria Vidales, Sage Hill School Associate Editor Christina Acevedo and El Toro High School EIC Annie Palos, who spend their time outside the newsroom doing activities like observing current politics, cheerleading and studying environmental science.

Although they have different interests outside the newsroom, that doesn’t mean they don’t tend to responsibilities inside of it. The lingering responsibilities of the newspaper are a hefty burden for editors.

For El Monte High School EIC Angel Miranda, it’s the lack of staff and support that prompted him to double as a writer, reporter and designer.

Known for being a personal Uber driver among her friends, Downey High School EIC Miranda Ramirez hopes to drive her newspaper to new heights, as she looks to put ink to paper and push for her school to print paper newspapers once again.

Dealing with controversy is becoming a common responsibility for Newbury Park High School EIC’s Nina Chiuchiarelli and Victoria Juan. Last year saw a district-wide change of policy guidelines for journalism because of a story that was by published by the Newbury Park High School Prowler deemed “controversial” by school officials.

Sage Hill School editor Isabella Mora also encounters obstacles. However, her struggles do not hail from other people. Instead, she struggles with herself as she is still conforming to life in California. Mora is from Ecuador and recently relocated to the United States two years ago, spending her first year in Florida. She hopes to better her craft despite the roadblocks in her life.

“Becoming a better writer will inspire my peers to do the same,” Mora said.

Mora’s goal for her newspaper staff is ultimately the goal of every EIC. A better staff will produce a better paper, and it is the editor’s job to ensure that everyone is striving for the best paper possible.