A student reporter’s job description is not up to you.
Their job is, first and foremost, a learning experience. Every quarter new students sign up and we start from scratch. Journalism is a very hard writing style to adapt to. It is precise, unbiased, and concise.
Students learn how to write articles without using their voice, something they’ve most likely been fine tuning throughout their educational career. The stories assigned are news features—our goal as a newspaper is to inform, not influence.
Students need to reprogram their brains, while interacting with their sources and taking any other obligations seriously. It can be daunting and students who walk into it with fervor and confidence deserve a pat or two on the back.
However, in rare instances, things don’t go as planned.