The State of the DHS Telegram
What does it mean to be the Editor of the DHS Telegram? In all honesty, that is a question that I’m not quite sure how to answer.
Perhaps to better understand this question, one needs to know the history of the Telegram.
Around the start of the decade Dixon High teacher Mrs. Reese started up the, what one would call modern, DHS Telegram. She proceeded to lead the class until her departure from Dixon High and left the Telegram in the hands of fellow Dixon High instructor Ms. Mahoney.
Under Ms. Mahoney’s leadership, the Telegram periodically published what was known as The Ram Pages, with the last copies of The Ram Pages being printed in 2008. After 2008, and Ms. Mahoney’s exit from DHS, fellow Dixon High English teacher, Mr. Haines stepped up to take command of the class.
Mr. Haines led the charge, along with student Editor Kristen Berryhill, by changing the name of the publication from The Ram Pages to the DHS Telegram with the motto Action News to accompany the Telegram’s move to cyberspace. The intial foramt of the new Telegram was a generic website layout with the articles placed in a scroll form.
It was in 2009 that the Telegram began to evolve into today’s website.
I joined the Telegram staff in 2009 to help facilitate the Telegram’s move to more of an online magazine style publication which featured a large featured image and links to the student run articles,with both being updated every two weeks.
2010 was the year that the Telegram became what it is today.
While I did hold the position of Editor-in-Chief for the majority of the year 2009, my role has become much more that what it was that year.
With the development of this new website, the Telegram has the potential to become a legitimate news source, not just a class students take in order to get the elective credits one needs to graduate.
The Telegram has made great strides in all categories this past semester. Be it website design or just general reporting. As the semester progressed, so has the Telegram. But now, we here at the Telegram are faced with a difficult choice.
Do we simply feel happy with the progress that has already been made and leave the Telegram as it is?
Do we keep going forward? Do we keep progressing in all aspects of reporting and news?
We can’t afford to be happy with what we have. WE must keep fighting forward in order to get past perhaps the most difficult task, keeping momentum. But how do we do this?
At the start of next semester, look for some new features added to the website. Maybe a design change or two. Perhaps a page or two will be added for extra coverage. There could be a photo gallery in the works or even a video page? But, I can’t confirm that now…
While we may not sure on exactly how the Telegram will improve, we can be sure on one thing…
It Will Improve.