Banning High School Portlight
Happy New Year's Day to everyone! It's now Portlight 2004!
To the entire Portlight staff, I wish a wonderful Christmas and great New Year. And for us, it's certainly going to be the most hectic year of our high school lives, especially for us seniors.
Cheers to 2004 and beyond!
Since the December issue is done, we're going into "Downtime." During this time, I won't post everyday, and not very often. The other editors may post anything relevant to the paper, but I won't make any major announcements every single day. So, if there are any questions or concerns, just use the new Portlight email instead. I'm going to step aside and allow the other editors speak their peace. Is that OK with everyone? Good.
Next semester will be the next production date, so those who aren't coming back, good luck to you and I hope you've learned a lot from being in the Portlight.
Those returning . . . we have a long road ahead of us. There is still a battle needed to be waged on the journalism front. So far, from what I've seen, we're getting to the point where we're pushing our adversaries away and reaching our goals--and fullest potential. I'm proud of how the paper has evolved. It just continues to get better and better, and if we stick together, we'll create a paper Banning High School will forever cherish. They'll cherish our names on that paper for future generations to come. Every issue we make, every move we make, is an etching of our school's past. We are the scribes of our journalistic generation.
I'm at a loss for words, but that what I have to say for now. It's time to close shop for the time being.
To All the Editors:
Since livejournal doesn't require invite codes anymore, I want you guys to create your own accounts on LJ so you can post your own messages on the Portlight community. You could also create your own journals as well, which is a nice little bonus. I'll talk to you all tomorrow about it, and see whether or not you can create the accounts. Maybe I can have Ms. Ramos create her own account, so she could post any messages as well. We're going to need more involvement, and editors involved in the community will help get people to actually read it, especially if Ms. Ramos is going to post messages on there.
However, any abuse of the Portlight community by any editor will result in a reprimand and consequences. But I'm very confident that won't happen.
So, after this successful issue and into winter break, it'd be a great way to communicate with one another during that time. We're in the next step to evolving the community.
Unfortunately, the paper wasn't distributed this morning. I called Ms. Ramos numerous times during the day, and she found out that the driver who was to deliver our paper got things "Mixed up." So the paper actually came during the afternoon, even during 5th period! Now we must go to school early again and distribute the paper.
I managed to get a few early copies, and after looking at it, there were several text errors, especially with the pull quotes and captions. I don't know what the hell happened there. But it really messed up the look of the paper, and it's not even our fault. But overall, the paper is really nice, and the quality of the writing, compared with the last couple of issues, is actually an improvement from what I've read thus far. Although, like every issue, there are some glaring problems, especially with some of the pictures (apparently no one is following my direction). But I'm glad that it turned out better than I initially thought. It's a pleasant surprise.
Everyone should have a copy available by tomorrow, and let's hope for some positive comments, for once.
We are DONE with December 2003. Ms. Ramos is sending the disk as I type this, and hopefully, it'll be published tonight and sent to us tomorrow. Some of us are going to be there early to distribute the paper, which is easily better than last month's.
Let's celebrate for now--most of us earned it.
We'll be aiming for a publication date during the middle of next week, before many of the students take leave for break earlier than expected. That's the goal: just finishing the paper.
I apologize for not posting up on Friday night. I feel asleep and woke up at about 3:00 am, at a time when my mind was occupied with something else.
Anyway, that's the plan. All the pages are still in progress, with the Op-ed page with the most done. Although, the old adage of the Portlight is that you're "never done," that there's always something else that must be done.
Hopefully, we'll get done, at the latest, Tuesday night, and have it out by Wednesday.
That's it for now, and everyone have a great weekend. It's a good time to recharge those drained batteries and come back refreshed and ready to go at it again.
-- Rich C.
Notice:It looks like the December issue will have to be delayed until next seek. There are so many problems going on internally, it just has to be pushed back. It's frustrating for me, the editors, as well as the staff writers who actually WORKED on their stories. It's disappointing, but that's not the only disappointing aspect.
The stories I've gotten have been far below mediocre. I don't what else to say -- they've been terrible. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, the writing isn't anywhere NEAR it should be. What else is there to do when the quality, and most of all, heart isn't there? This is a team effort, but it looks like the empire has already fallen before it was even built.
Most of the editors stayed and worked, and a revelation came up. I can't talk about it here, but it must be discussed, and it must NEVER happen again. It has been a night of disappointments--complete and utter disappointments.
But, the goal is to finish the paper, and we shall do it.
And to Jessica, if you're reading this, we'll definitely have a lot to discuss tomorrow--ALOT. You've missed much while you weren't here.
End Production: 7:30 pm
Next Production Date: 12-13-03
I don't have much to say tonight--refer to the other entries for information. However, those in period two must listen to Louis and Claudia, or they'll have to hear from Ms. Ramos . . . or me.
Everyone will receive full points tonight--no big deal.
Goal: To place pictures and have page dummies copy edited.
Current Production Night Ended: 6:30 pm.
Next Production Date: 12-11-03
To the Editors:
According to Ms. Ramos, while I was gone, you guys were working hard and doing your jobs--until the food came. But, for the most part, you guys did what you had to do and you're all getting full points for this production day. But tomorrow, we're going to get more done and I'll see that we have a new goal to aim for. As of now, you guys did a good job for the progress we've made.
Jessica, if you're reading this, list all the "awards" categories we have so far on the comments. Any editors in need of pictures will need to say so as well, especially Claudia and Navi, since their pages are picture intensive.
We're going to continue what we've done the last few days and just get the pages done by Friday night. Otherwise, it's going to be a longer, and more arduous process that we all don't want to experience ever again.
Jessica, you said people without Internet access would have programs accessing this information . . . well, like Ms. Ramos said, they could use the Internet anytime during before school or after school. There are ways to access the Internet--too many ways in fact. However, I see the problems and I'll address them. We need a list of those who don't have Internet access, and we could deal with their situation from there.
The most important thing now is to place stories, EDIT THEM (HARD), work with staff writers, and then get the pictures!
And Editors, have everyone turn in a floppy disk. You must lay your foot down and get them to turn in a floppy disk. If they don't turn in a floppy disk, they'll get writing credit for the story, but they'll receive NO POINTS for the story. Also, editors, if you're editing a story, rate the quality and add comments to the bottom--noteworthy comments. If you feel they need assistance, help them and bring up their confidence.
I've left some replies to your comments on the previous posting. Make sure to take a look at them.
To the staff:
Whoever needs help on their stories, talk to your editors. They will be your guides. Also, whoever is in need of production points MUST STAY AT LEAST ONE HOUR afterschool, or stay during lunch or nutrition to contribute to the paper. I know many of you need your points--without them, you get NO production points and serious hit on your overall grade. Find the time to contribute to the paper and you'll be fine. Also, if you turn in a story without a floppy disk, you'll receive NO POINTS for it. You'll get credit for the story, but it hinders our progress without the floppy because we have to type it into the computer.
Again, if any of you need to contact me, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or IM at Kuramei on AOL Instant Messenger. If you can't do so either way, talk to me afterschool or during 5th period and we could discuss matters personally.
Paper Status: December 2003
Production Date: 12-9-03 (Ending 5:30 pm)
Next Production Date: 12-10-03 (Until Approx. 6:00 pm or later)
Front Cover: Incomplete
Entertainment Page: IP (In Progress)
Page Count: 12
Ads: $5 Ads Idea scrapped/other ads TBD
It's going to the be the same routine: the editors work in the back, and the staff writers will work on drafts and contribute whatever they can to finish this paper. Again, whoever need production points go afterschool or during nutrition or lunch. Edgar needs to make sure everyone has the pictures they need, and the editors must edit those stories. If stories are placed on the page, then print them out and have the staff look for errors on the pages and stories. But we need to concentrate on getting the right photos, or we're dead in the water before we enter it.
Goal: Get pictures for every page, place stories, obtain floppy disks for EVERY story, and print out dummies with stories on it for copy editing. Remember editors, you're going to be graded every day, so aim for the goal and do your job and you'll get full points without penalty.
That is about it. If there are problems or concerns, make sure you add your comments down below.
This is how grading will go (from me): Each editor will have 20 points to begin with, and they'll get points taken off for improper conduct and not meeting the requirements.
Thank you for reading all of it. Here's to a successful 3rd day of production.