News editors implement change through leadership

Dean Hume, a veteran MIPA instructor, is back this year to teach newspaper editors how to guide their staffs to success. Hume spent Monday morning’s session getting the students to list the problems they faced with newspapers and staff and plans on developing solutions to the common problems throughout the week.

“Most of [the students] are use to thinking like journalist; I’m trying to get them to think like editors,” Hume said of his class.

Celia McFarland, editor-in-chief of Shrine High School's The Observer, looks to develop her leadership skills while taking the News editors course.

Celia McFarland, editor-in-chief of Shrine High School’s The Observer, looks to develop her leadership skills while taking the News editors course.

His process so far has been effective for some of the class’ participants. Hume’s process includes building both the leadership and editorial skills through fun activities and exercises. Celia McFarland, editor-in-chief of Shrine High School’s newspaper The Observer, said she is excited to put Hume’s logic into action.

Being on The Observer staff for only two years, McFarland said she will become a better editor by taking the course, adding the activity in which the students listed out their goals for their newspapers and staff helped to inspire her for the next year school year.

“I want everyone on my staff to feel like their work is important,” McFarland said. She plans to find the means of her goal while taking the course.

Tuesday morning, the News Editors participants will develop their editorial skills by editing articles written by the students in the Sports Coverage class.  

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