By Jeremy Nam and Dawn Kim
The answer can be simple. Tiger Times is our school’s newspaper. It is student-led and student-run from article idea discussions to packaging to distribution. Ten times a year, we publish a new issue with numerous articles, graphics, and photos. We report on news that occurs inside and outside of school. We offer our opinion on current events, and advocate for improvements and additions for our school. We strive to accurately represent and amplify the voice of both our student and faculty.
But the answer can be complicated, too. Our words, however profound, sometimes reflect little more than those of the thirty five students who comprise our staff. The papers we publish can end up stockpiled in room D306 for years, unread and unresponded to. Despite being designed and engineered to generate conversation, our busy lives can cause the publication to be just that: a publication, or just another bundle of paper decorated with words that go unread. Thus, the staff here in room D306 would like to make a formal plea to the rest of the student body: get on board. Help us further make this publication an effective medium, a voice that truly re ects the entire student body.
There are several ways students can do this. For one, at every distribution point our social media and marketing team works diligently to deliver the issue through various forms of media, many of which students can utilize to reach out to us. Constructive and responsive comments can be made through different platforms, such as on our ttonl.org page (where a number of our paper articles are published too), on our many assorted media sites, or through a “letter to the editor.”
There are several changes that we, the editorial board, would also like to implement in upcoming issues. For example, we aim to improve the paper by focusing on a greater proportion of positive and constructive outlook in our viewpoint pieces. In Tiger Times, previous voices have been used to fill the role of a destroyer of ideas rather than a creator of opportunities. In other words, the medium of Tiger Times has been used to harshly critique school issues and policies, which—don’t get us wrong—is important, but all too often such criticism takes an overbearing tone over legitimate constructive suggestion and due praise. We want to change this.
For many of us at Tiger Times, issue 10 marks the end of a school year and the successful conclusion to volume 49. It also marks the beginning of volume 50, and showcases what its staff will have to offer. In the spirit of the new school year to come, we aim to renew our strengths, and instill new ones. We hope that the new school year will bring messages of hope and invigoration, rather than a string of apocalyptic political issues. We expect a new year of challenges, all of them dynamic yet didactic in previously unimagined ways. Most of all, we look forward to serving you as conveyors of news and ideas alike, and hope that you will respond with vigor and enthusiasm.