Senior Spotlight: The Chronicle Editors

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019


chronicle editors
The Newspaper Club at Chatham High School has been writing articles for years on topics ranging from politics to student achievement. However, this year marks the end of this journey for seniors and club leaders, Brenna Towell and Lana DePasquale, who devoted hours of their time to manage staff, edit articles, plan meetings, and publish the monthly editions of the CHS
Chronicle, as they reach the next chapter of their lives.

Brenna will be attending Georgetown University in the fall on the pre-med track and is excited to experience life in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the club since freshman year. Her persistence and commitment to the club landed her the position of Editor-in-Chief both junior and senior year. She has always had an interest in writing and explains that she has had great English teachers throughout her years in the high school that helped encourage this interest. She joined the club because she wanted to have a chance to research and write about different aspects of the school on a monthly basis. She recommends reading the “Staff Spotlights” since it is always interesting to learn more about the teachers at CHS and what their lives are like outside of school.

Recently, the Newspaper Club appointed its staff positions for the 2019-2020 school year. This edition marks the last for Brenna and Lana and the start of new leadership. While the editor positions have been selected, the CHS Chronicle is always open to new writers. Article deadlines and meetings are once a month, but many members of the club skip some editions or double up on others.

Since many of us procrastinate our English essays for hours, joining the Newspaper club may seem like another assignment, but Brenna has a few pieces of advice for writing articles and being part of the club:

  1. Advice for Writer’s Block: “Try to think about anything interesting that is happening around the school. Sports, arts, clubs, events, and student/staff spotlights are always great choices. Try speaking with people who are involved in whatever you are writing about. Inside information and quotes can help improve an article.”

  2. Advice for Journalists: “Do not be afraid to reach out to people for interviews. In my experience, students and teachers are always willing to help provide information for articles.”

  3. Advice for Editors: “Make sure you are easy to contact when people might need help with articles. Also, it is important to stay organized to keep track of all the articles before and after they are edited… I have learned from being editor that a lot is involved in managing a group. You need to be able to communicate with the members of the club to make sure that articles are being written and to plan meetings. There are also a lot of moving parts in a newspaper (generating ideas, editing articles, publishing).”

  4. Advice for Someone Who is Debating Joining the Newspaper: “Definitely join! It is a relaxed environment where students can write about things they care about and help spread CHS news.”