Letters from Editors: June

Dear incoming Editors,

Remember the elation you felt when you saw your article in an issue of Argus? Now, imagine seeing it in the editors’ column of the newspaper. Pretty amazing, right? But with this position comes a great deal of responsibility.  There are deadlines to be met and articles to be proofread and written. There is so much to do and it can take its toll. But even in those moments of great frustration, we continued to work with increased fervor.  Argus has become a part of my life, and I have come to realize that the sense of accomplishment I feel when I see the final product spurs me to do better.  I have learned so much from Ms. Kaczmarek and the literary works we have read. They have opened my mind to such an extent that I am astonished that I have never really noticed what is happening around me. I have become more aware of the current events and have grown to become a more mindful and intellectually driven writer.

The Argus staff and Ms. Kaczmarek will always hold a special place in my heart. They have become a family to me and I treasure all the moments we have had together. I hope that you, the incoming editors will also come to understand that being a member of the Argus team is truly an honor and that the memories you create should always be cherished.

Best of luck!

Areeg Naeem, Feature Editor

Dear Incoming Editors,

Congrats on making it in, but just like everything else, this is only the beginning, and the work is only going to get harder. As a journalism student and a feature editor, I picked  out a lot of good information and tips that has allowed me to become a better student and person. Here are my top 3:

1) Just like homework or a project, don’t procrastinate on articles or editing. You’ll end up pulling all nighters back to back. Trust me!

2) For everyone working on Argus, please show up. When I say that, I mean to actually come to the room to work on Argus, not eat free food, surf the web, or listen to a friend’s mixtape. Just do what you signed up for!

3) Be consistent and show up to the Argus Office every month for layouts. You don’t want to end up like the editors who are in Argus in the fall, but are gone by January.

Lastly, just have fun! This is your last year of high school. Enjoy the time you have with your friends and continue to make Argus the best school newspaper in NYC.

From, Justin Broomfield, Feature Editor

Welcome to the ARGUS family, editors! You have accomplished a major milestone in journalism. You don’t have to worry about portfolios, but you do have to worry about creating a paper that thousands of people will read. No pressure, it will be an amazing learning experience especially if you plan on majoring in journalism when you’re off to college.

ARGUS will challenge you ,  but you will learn to work with others, and you will learn how to become a better writer. You will have a new found voice that the Midwood family will love to hear. ARGUS is now your baby. All the layouts, bylines, and headlines will be yours . You will get the chance to see a blank computer page transform into a newspaper that you can read.  There is nothing like turning to page 2 of ARGUS and seeing your name in the masthead.

Enjoy your time sitting in front of that Mac desktop trying to create a headline because boy does the time fly. You will sit at the desk and remember the time when your  article didn’t make it to an issue , but that’s a part of the learning process. Remember Hornets, if you want something you have to keep trying . Even if you do not get it right away, never give up. The torch is being passed on to you, the new editors. Class of 2016 it’s your time to make the ARGUS family proud.

                From, Shanelle Poole, Sports Editor

To the readers and fellow editors:

I have discovered the power of language these past few years of high school. It can motivate, inspire, and bring passion to hearts and minds around the world. Journalism is a special form of expression. It is a medium through which people become enlightened; it delivers messages of hope and tragedy, stories of real world occurrences and issues. Discovering humanity has been a privilege. I have learned much in my journey as a journalist.

I had wanted to take creative writing my junior year. It was a fortune that I found myself in Ms. Kaczmarek’s journalism class instead. It was the place that I learned the importance of nonfiction. Real is interesting. I hadn’t known this before. I was stuck in my literature, my worlds of metaphors and imagination. Who knew reality could surpass what I could dare to imagine? Life is the inspiration of writers everywhere. Being able to study the world as it is was quintessential in shaping my views and my writing. I was able to discover writers like Nicholas Kristof, who is a columnist for the New York Times. His use of language to inform and persuade is equivalent to a craft. His writing pulled at my heartstrings, as did the stories other journalists shared.

Argus holds a special place in my heart because through it, I joined a legion of individuals motivated to enlighten the masses. Knowledge is power. To know is the only way to change. This way, the human race does not remain stagnant. We have come forth from archaic ideas that limited us. If you would recall the Enlightenment period of the 17th century, notice that it was this movement that allowed such a thing as the Bill of Rights to be created. Enlightenment has liberated us.

In the Argus office, I have found friends who are dear to my heart and an environment essential for cultivating the mind. I have gotten to know and have received guidance from my fellow editors, the incredible Ms. Kaczmarek, and these experiences are priceless. Anyone interested in changing lives and cultivating themselves should give journalism a shot. At Argus, you’ll have a brilliant team beside you as you strive to broaden perspectives and liberate your own.

This has been a sincere privilege, and I will miss it so. I hope to experience journalism of even higher caliber in the future. I will continue to allow language to shape my life. It is a medium through which so many lives have been touched. I treasure it.

Your feature editor,

Feyisola Soetan

Dear readers and future editors,

It has been a journey. When we first entered Ms. Kaczmarek’s journalism class, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Although we were warned of the workload and high expectations, we took the plunge anyway. And we are glad we did for we have learned not just writing or reading, but dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Along the way, Ms. Kaczmarek taught us how to conduct interviews, write and edit articles, and we learned (although it hurts us to admit it) the art of procrastination, a finer skill in the high school student’s repertoire.

Entering our senior year as Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editor, we were well equipped to forge ahead and lead the Argus staff, without whom we never would have made it past the October issue. So for that, thank you senior editors. Thank you for the endless hours spent after school. Thank you for fixing the direction of the apostrophes, for moving columns pica by pica, and for hunting down quotes, pictures, and people. We thank you, also, for putting up with our bossiness, our OCD, and our barrage of Facebook announcements. Both of us couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. You are all so dedicated, intelligent, and talented. We couldn’t have done it with out you.

To the future editors: GOOD LUCK! Get to know the Argus office; it will become your second home. Layouts will be difficult, stressful at times, but fun always. And when it seems too much, remember you’re an editor for a reason. But here are a couple of tips: be patient with the computers and show them lots of love, they’ve been doing this a lot longer than you; if you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask Ms. Kaczmarek for help (she’s been doing this a lot longer than you); ALWAYS PROOFREAD; proofread again; and don’t forget to bring snacks (you’ll be hungry, trust us).

And lastly and most importantly, thank you Ms. Kaczmarek. The two and a half years that both of us have spent with you will be with us forever. Thank you for being tough on us, for setting high standards, for being one of the few teachers who taught us grammar, and for being an unbelievably outstanding educator. Words cannot express how much we cherish they time spent in your classroom and in the Argus office with you. You’ve been such a wonderful mentor and your advice and lessons will stay with us as we go on to college and proceed into our future. We’ll miss you. A lot.

With love,

Julia Zelenko, Editor-In-Chief

Scarlett Neuberger, Managing Editor

Dear Readers and Editors,

A school newspaper works as a forum for students and an opportunity for some to find their voices. Writing for Argus for two years and as an editor for one, I too found my own voice, sharpened my story telling skills and developed analytical skills.

When I signed up for journalism my sophomore year to take it the following year I didn’t think much of my decision. I chose the course simply because all my friends had made the same decision and the other courses didn’t spark any sort of interest in me.  Entering the classroom that September I didn’t have any high expectations, but I walked away in June with so much more. I was introduced to newspaper writing and learned the importance of the media and what a crucial role it plays in this world.

At the time I always knew I wanted to be a writer or go into some career that involved what I loved to do most. Journalism was a practical application of my writing skills and also something I had grown to love. The summer before my senior year I jumped on every opportunity to continue writing, I spent 10 days at an intensive journalism course at NYU and freelanced with outside papers.

Fast forward to now, I will be attending one of the best and most well known journalism schools in the country Newhouse at Syracuse University as a dual major and I couldn’t have done it without the experience I gained from Argus and the support from my fellow editors and our advisor, Ms. Kaczmarek. I grew as a writer, as a reader and as an overall person during my time at Argus and it was one of the most memorable moments of my high school career.

To the future editors, I hope you cherish this as well. Know that you carry the history of several decades on your shoulders and that your role in this school is not a small one. It is your job as young journalists to provide your fellow hornets with accurate and objective news. You shed light on what’s in the dark and you tell the stories that are often left untold. The right to have a school paper, the right to your freedom of the press, these are all things that didn’t come so easy decades ago. You will be carrying this torch. No pressure, though! Have fun with it, many of you may not go on to study journalism in college and continue on writing so make this year last.

Sincerely,

Keturah Raymond, News Editor and Nameplate Designer

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