The Blue and Gold Through the Eyes of the Editors

By Leila Greige and Anna Powers

As a newspaper staff, we are well aware that we play a crucial role in documenting the history of Malden High School. These stories, sometimes forgotten in the messy nature of busy news, are what we consider to be journalism that ultimately has a civic impact on our personal lives.

Seniors Anna Powers and Leila Greige in the Blue and Gold classroom

This year, in particular, major news stories impacted the city of Malden, but most importantly, it affected Malden High School students. In stories that speak the truth, students are shaped by the deep and engaging issues and events that surround Malden High. Our breaking news coverage, such as the unexpected departure of our former principal, shines light on our roles as journalists: investigating, collecting, and presenting the information that we should all know.

In the past, our newspapers have been made up of stories throughout local and sports that cover major things that happen in our city. This year, we fulfilled that same mission as years past, but we also have added a new component to the way in which we organize our paper.

Starting in the month of December, the leadership staff decided to start to frame themes for each edition.

The December edition focused on the Haitian culture of Malden High School. We formulated this from many different objectives. We heavily relied on the work produced by our very own Malden High Play production class when they presented their first musical play of the year: Once On This Island. Both Play Production and the Haitian Culture Club worked diligently together to make sure that the show was as authentic as it could be.

In the March edition, we made recommendations for what we would like to see in a new principal and focused on the school’s response to safety due to rising gun violence across our nation. This time-consuming, politically-driven, and attention-grabbing process was one that inspired us.

In the April/May edition, we tackled funding of education and the Malden Public Schools. This controversial topic covered the inner workings of school funding and made us understand the budget of the city.

By establishing these varying themes throughout the paper, we felt that it would leave readers with the idea that the students of Malden High School are represented through the Blue and Gold. We wanted our newspaper to be more than just news: we wanted something that students could rally behind, as we essentially were putting what they are thinking into words.

This year, as a staff, we were tested on our capability to produce informative and immediate coverage for all of the major events that happened this year.

As Editors-in-Chief of Print, we are proud to be a part of the leadership staff in the 2017-2018 Blue and Gold class and represent Malden High as more than just a newspaper.

Anna Powers

Co-Editor in Chief of Print, Anna Powers is a returning member of the Blue and Gold for the fourth year in a row. Alongside the Blue and Gold, Powers is also vice president for the Class of 2018 as well as part of National Honor Society (NHS). Between AP Government and English, she would choose English over History because “with English, there's always a way to explain yourself.” When asked about what she looks forward to this year, Powers stated that she is looking forward to the process of creating a newspaper, alongside her Co-Editor in Chief of Print Leila Greige. When she's not in school or after school, Powers enjoys watching several shows like How I Met Your Mother and The Walking Dead.

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