Adviser Update Summer 2016 - Page 43

43 and edit VIBRATO PROOFS templates, A group of how to Vibrato staff members review shoot and the recently received printer’s edit video, proofs. The how to students check for colors, photo blog and quality and create proofread one last time. polls. They also learned that a website does not happen overnigh, and that the learning never stops. As their adviser, I work with them, guide them, and make sure the content is appropriate and of the highest quality before each story is uploaded, never forgetting it is their publication, and a student one at that. But the day I realized that my students truly felt ownership of the website was on Saturday morning, Nov. 14. I, like millions around the world, woke up to more news stories detailing the horrific Paris attacks that occurred the previous night. I was at the Orlando airport early that morning, with a colleague and a group of students, waiting for our return flight home from the JEA/NSPA fall conference. After visiting several news sites, I went to to review some of the stories my students had saved as drafts. A rather large image of the Eiffel Tower FOURCAST was the first thing During class time, The Fourcast staff that appeared on layouts pages as our site. At 2 a.m., soon as all story final drafts have without thinking been submitted. editors twice, the assistant Section work closely with assistant editors and web editor had make sure the pages posted a graphic are finished in a timely manner. of the classic French icon, along with an editorial. She did not ask for my permission, consultation, or review—she simply posted it. I was impressed by her boldness and touched by her story. And of course, I felt great pride. Deep inside, I knew this was exactly what was supposed to happen. My student felt ownership of the publication. These are the moments when you realize that your students are truly engaged and have indeed learned from all your instruction, direction, and guidance. They now get it: there is a platform in front of them, and if they use it wisely, they will shine. The sophomore student who suggested we produce the guide to the 2016 primaries also got it; she took ownership of the newspaper and used it as platform to shine. Not only did she shine, but she radiated. Out of 29 newspaper staff members, 15 decided to volunteer and work on the elections special issue. The final product featured information about the candidates, facts about issues, the election process, voting information, editorials and poll results that had been conducted at school. The glossy magazine was elegantly designed and looked and felt like a professional publication. The best compliment came from the school’s headmistress, Liza Lee, in an email to me the day after the issue was distributed. “This is wonderful!” she wrote. “Please tell everyone involved that it’s a spectacular achievement. Do you have an extra copy? We were at a dinner party last night and one of the guests persuaded me to give him mine.” Everyone wanted to own a copy of my students’ publication. And that felt great.