Student & Adviser Testimonials

Here are some of the comments from students and journalism advisers who participated in newspapers2 in August 2017 at Long Beach City College.


“News editing skills and managing our broadcast platform on campus.”

“Take lots and lots of B-roll.”


“When writing, Iʼll keep looking back to the AP Style.”

“How to break the ice with somebody when interviewing them so Iʼm not awkward.”

“I now feel prepared to do my staff job on writing successful news, feature and sports articles.”

“Always using three or more sources and checking for accuracy.”

“I will not be afraid to ask for feedback and constantly make sure my writing is as accurate as possible.”

“Teamwork on the final project.”

“I will tell my staff new tips for their story assignments and also tell them that we can publish and write any story we want without the principalʼs approval.”

“Never assume because I believe that is the most important role I learned for journalism writing.”


“Iʼll be able to share many new tips and tricks for InDesign and use the skills of creating and designing a page with the intent of informing the reader.”

“Using the new templates and tools I was confused about and drop caps!”

“Implementing more white space (itʼs our friend); packaging technique; center of visual impact.”

“Design ideas, corrections and guidance were irreplaceable and this yearʼs publication will be better for them.”

“Bookend designs and inserting pull quotes.”

“Workflow abilities with InDesign will help increase efficiency and improve the overall look, design and feel or our paper.”

“Iʼm so much more creative because it helped me look at things in a whole new way.”


“My newest skill of knowing what white balance my camera should be in different settings.”

“I learned a lot about how to take quality journalistic photos and how to properly editing them.”

“How to write a good caption.”

“I will be capable of adjusting the IOS, shutter speed, white balance, AV/TV mode, etc.”

“I will stop using AUTO and will continue to explore and use AV/TV mode.”

“Just knowing how to adjust my settings based on the lighting and environment around me will definitely help me as a staff photographer.”

Online and Social Media:

“More skills regarding utilization of social media and websites which will help our newspaper be more popular as I design our Facebook page and create a beta website.”

“The ability to use SNO or other WordPress organizations to host my site.”

“I will be able to publish Tweets more efficiently and be able to share news with my school better prepared.”


“Writing a strong, descriptive caption.”

“Helping my writers with interview skills and leads and coach them as theyʼre reporting.”

“Leadership skills; showing my staff how to be a good journalist and be the voice of the school.”

“Leadership. As the EIC, my duty is to guide and unify the staff.”

“The lesson on coaching new writers will be the first lesson I will exercise this year as we have a lot of new staff members with little experience.”


“Super helpful. Tons of help with broadcasting and prepping editors; Joʼs grading system.”—Joyce Feurerborn, Godinez High

“It will equip us to go online with multimedia journalism as we utilize SNO with multimedia components of photography and video.”—Tammy Storms, Santa Ana Middle College High

“I would have been complete lost with this. I now have a set agenda for our first several meetings and am relatively confident weʼll get four issues out.”—Michelle Montooth, Cabrillo High

“I now have more direction and strategies; reviewing press law and ethics; training my EICs.”—Debbie Garcia, Lynwood High

“The InDesign workshop I took let me know more about this program so I can help students and better sympathize with their struggles.” Kurt Gartman, Fairfax

“I have social media strategies (Twitter, website, etc.) that I plan to take back to my students so we can amp up our readership!”—Brianna Nguyen, Woodbridge High

“I have no clue what Iʼm doing so I am incredibly thankful for all the help, advice and info I received. Most of it will be used. I will start small and simple and push team-building to effectively form a little journalism family.”—Maria Lorenzo, San Joaquin Memorial High (Fresno)

“So many great practical resources and ideas to bring to next year. Iʼm interested in starting a P.R. team so I learned many ways to do so.”—Nick Fatino, Irvine High

“I took the InDesign workshop to learn InDesign skills to help my students.” —Meghann Callaghan, Esperanza High.”

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.