Deborah Yee, Editor
As the year comes to a close, some of you eager young keeners may be asking yourselves, “Macsource was really awesome this year and I enjoyed reading it. I’d like to get involved next year—but how can I do that?”
It’s simple, really. Every year, around mid-September, MAC holds its annual Club Day, where you can see all the clubs offered that year and sign up for them. Signing up for them doesn’t necessarily mean you’re committed to the club; rather, you’re just indicating that you’d like some more information about it. When you sign up for Macsource, you’ll receive notifications and emails regarding what being a Macsource writer involves. After that, if you’re serious about joining Macsource, let your editors know and you can go from there!
Perhaps for some of you, mid- to late September is too long to wait. You want to start writing as soon as the school year begins. If this sounds like you, send us a message during the summer using the contact form on the “Contact Us” page. We love to take on new writers at any point in the year and many interesting school activities take place in September, so it’d be a great place to start writing articles.
Many of you may not fall under either of these categories. Maybe you’re debating whether being a Macsource writer is for you or whether you even like writing. After being a part of Macsource for three years, I have seen and addressed many of these concerns for other people; because of this, I’m pretty well qualified to answer your questions. The most common concern brought up is the issue of time. High school can be stressful—and when it’s combined with sports, piano lessons, a job, and friends, time becomes a valuable commodity. While Macsource does require some of your time, the newspaper is meant to be a fun and interactive way to feel connected to your school. How many articles you write per month and how long these articles are is up to you. We want our writers to feel comfortable and happy when they’re writing, so we try to tailor the content material, articles, and deadlines personally for each writer. If you want to write about Dramafest but have too many exams to take, we will still let you write the article and ask that you submit it at a later date. Another concern I’ve heard from people is scriptophobia—the fear of writing. When you hear the word “writer”, you may begin thinking of Jane Austen or F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, here at Macsource, we accept any and all levels of writing. Journalism is not solely about writing, it’s about investigative reporting—finding out who knows what and getting the complete and true story. On the flip side, journalism isn’t all about articles. There are positions available here beyond staff writers, and we’re happy to recruit photographers, artists, cartoonists, advertisers, video journalists, and more! Whatever your skill set and whatever your interest, Macsource has a place for you.
The most important aspect about being a member of Macsource is that it’s a great way to get involved in the school. We encourage our writers to get the in-depth scoop on their articles and more often than not, this means getting your hands a little dirty (meaning you’ve gotta do a little digging). Macsource writers get the chance to talk to new people for interviews, get to know the teachers a little better, and go to fun events like basketball games, art shows, and school plays. It gives you an excuse to talk to students outside of your circle of friends and maybe even make new ones. You will always be the first one to know what’s happening when, and you’ll feel more connected to your school because of it.
So in the end, what do you have to lose? Joining Macsource definitely won’t be something you’ll regret. It’s filled with great people and new experiences; it gives you the chance to grow and develop your skills. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
We hope to see you at Club Day!