MIPA instructors C. E. Sikkenga and Tracy Anderson are training their students to do whatever it takes to take their newspaper to the cutting edge. Some come in only needing to tweak their newspaper to make it as ‘edgy’ as it can be, while others are looking for a complete overhaul.
Sikkenga and Anderson came prepared, spending July 29 gearing up their students with their tips, ranging from “Make it Funny” with attitude and spunk to encouraging students not to be afraid of breaking old rules like breaking modular grids and finding new ways to organize their stories on the page.
“I think it’s so cool that this generation gets to completely redefine newspaper.” Sikkenga said.
Sikkenga’s students shared his enthusiasm. Student Melody Zhang, who said her paper is already riding the edge, was determined to drive it even closer. “Even though our newspaper is considered edgy, there are still some areas we tend to be conservative about, and I would like to fix that,” she said.