The administration had no choice but to heartily reinstate our class for the upcoming year. We did it.
This isn’t just about preparing students to be future journalists (although that in itself is a noble goal). The skills they acquire, hone and apply on the Pepperbox will transfer to their futures and arguably ours.
The journalism class must be returned next year. We need it, we want it, and through our devotion and enthusiasm we have proven over and over again that we deserve it.
As my fourth and final year of Arcata High draws to a close, many aspects of my academic career seem to bleed together. I find myself wondering which skills that I have attained in High School will be essential to succeeding at the next level. The skills that I have learned on the staff of…
And, yes, we are going through a budget crisis right now, but what better way to triumph over this adversity than to show that Arcata High can provide a life-altering experience for journalism students and an important and effective way to increase awareness in its community?
Winding down journalism at Arcata High and letting its noble, longstanding Pepperbox newspaper die would be a terrible, terrible portent for the future of straight-up reporting and for the health of our society.
“There’s a chance that the Journalism class will continue,” Richards said. “It’s one of those classes that schools usually want to continue, no matter what.”