Our History: A 6 Year Battle… Story By: Editor-in-Chief Alistair King
For as long as I can imagine I’ve had a hankering for a school newspaper. In pre-school it was drawing front pages of newspapers; in elementary it was making a home newspaper with my sister. Finally, I had the fantastic idea in middle school to start a school paper myself.
It all started out as me and couple of my more spelling-capable friends writing articles about whatever fancied us at the time. Seeing as we had no pressure on us to get our stories in we often took weeks to write 200 words. After the first month, we attracted the help of a couple other students in our grade and the first print was born. It was called “The Dragon Press” We only had one print because it was awful and no one read it.
Fast forward a year to the arrival of our very own Mark Webber. Originally teaching the 7th and 8th-grade history classes, his experience in Yearbook and English classes gave him the tools necessary to run a school newspaper. After being approached by stories of the failed experience he decided to take it up in his hands and start the second paper. It lasted a bit longer this time and we founded the website: http://theaviatortimes.blogspot.com/. But as these things go it failed and laid dormant for another couple trimesters.
Then in our 8th grade year we attempted it again. Keeping the website up was a smart idea and we were able to post our stories up there. But still being disorganized and not very appealing we would often only get 1,2, or even 0 views a day. We were able to write fairly interesting stories but still all the stories were based on only what we liked and wanted to write. Like a phoenix, it died again.
Both Webber and the 8th-grade students graduated to High School. Webber wanted to try something different and have a structured Journalism class. This worked for a time and we even got one of the most horrifying stories about a Kenyan mall massacre from Jack Meier. This was a great step in the direction that we needed to progress the paper but it didn’t go far enough with its teal colored design.
A year went by without even a whisper of Journalism. We had figured that it wouldn’t last any longer than usual so nothing happened until the orientation of all our now “grown-up” 6th graders going into their Junior year.
A rather interesting discussion between Webber and I caused the final rise of the phoenix (great movie title name). We discussed the logistics and if we could get enough people to join. Needless to say, we got about 6-7 people and the Bird Eye News was truly born. In a sense, this is both the 1st and 5th year of the Bird Eye News. Hopefully, we can extend this to the lengths of the Cedar Post and crush them in a burning pile; just kidding… kind of.