[Assistant Reporter] Freshman, Fresh Start
[Assistant Reporter] Freshman, Fresh Start
  • Reporter Song Sung-chan
  • 승인 2018.04.18 16:23
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My decision to apply for the junior reporter position at The Postech Times was not without a firm motive. With this opportunity, I would like to show you who I am and how you will benefit from my reporting. 

Back when I was in high school in New Jersey, I ‘did’ join my high school newspaper club without the journalist’s creed in mind. My sole purpose was to improve my writing and to polish my college application. I regarded school newspapers as superfluous, thinking that no one even reads them. But one article I wrote in my junior year changed my whole perspective of the media. 

In brief, my high school had implemented online AP (Advanced Placement) courses, so that students could take classes not offered in school. Although the implementation was in good faith, it turned out to be a double-edged sword for the seven students who enrolled: two of them dropped out; three, averaged a C grade; and two, averaged an A+, but suffered through it. Having suffered through the course myself, I knew the program inside out and felt the need to inform the problems to prospective participants and the school authorities. I did so through the newspaper. Surprise!

The following month, the newspaper was published and that’s when I experienced the power of the newspaper and realized the significance of it. My misguided idea that nobody reads the newspaper was disproven when the principal and the head guidance counselor reached out to me for more details. My misconception that the school newspaper is uninfluential was shattered when the program was put under examination to redress the problems. From that point, I have never forgotten the importance of a school newspaper and how crucial it is for reporters to provide accurate and unbiased information to their readers.

Here, I solemnly swear to you that I will, to the best of my ability, deliver the news that is relevant to the members of POSTECH in a manner that is most effective, detailed, and unbiased.