The last issue of the Cychronicle for the school year appeared in Fridays Times. The student newspaper for Watertown High School has become truly outstanding.
The content produced by students in cooperation with the Times demonstrated enterprise that bodes well for the future. The newspaper contained 17 articles about students and student life at the high school. Each story showed originality ranging from how to select a college roommate to a discussion of the inconsistent enforcement of the WHS dress code.
The mature reporting and writing shows that the students are better prepared than ever to move on with careers in journalism. It is refreshing to read about students without going through a filter of Facebook or Twitter. It is refreshing to see an open acceptance of alternative lifestyles. It is refreshing to read advice to students looking to next year.
The Cychronicle was conceived by Robert D. Gorman, managing editor of the Times six years ago. Under his guidance, students at WHS have learned to produce relevant local journalism as he moved them away from writing about issues far away to telling the stories of fellow students, mentors, coaches or administrators. The best news about the last issue of the Cychronicle is that Mr. Gorman, who retires this month, did not participate in its creation. The quality of the last issue proves that he has been a great mentor and teacher.
Student journalism is quite lively in the north country and across the country. Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam each have weekly student-run newspapers. The lessons learned at Watertown High School prepare another generation to practice journalism in college and beyond. And Times readers have benefited from student energy and enthusiasm to better understand what happens on the high school campus.