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Life as a student journalist: TIPCUP and the LQTQ format

Pinion staffers from 2017 bundle copies of the paper to give out to students and staff.

An Vo, editor

April 22, 2020

Elements of Newsworthiness For an article to be considered newsworthy, it must meet at least three TIPCUP standards. Timeliness - is the story published around when an event took place or is going to take place? After all, the word “news” has the word “new” in it. Impact - will the s...

Vo’s Concerns: COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

An Vo, editor

April 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the lives of many worldwide and is ruining our society. It causes people to have difficulty in having a normal lifestyle and results in things like remote education and being ordered to stay at home. Events and meetings have been canceled due to the COVID-19. Inst...

Life as a student journalist: Story Ideas and Pitch Sessions

Editors from the 2018 Pinion staff, Anela Chavez and Alexandria Buchanan lead a pitch session and offer feedback to reporters.

An Vo, editor

March 26, 2020

Finding story ideas Many reporters find it difficult to come up with story ideas. There are, however, many ways to find story ideas.  There are many events happening around the world and at McKinley High School that readers worldwide may find interesting. You can find story ideas by visiti...

Life as a student journalist: Headlines and the Core Four

Pinion editors from the 2019 staff, Kelvin Ku, Alexandria Buchanan, and Thompson Wong interview a Civil Beat reporter.

An Vo, editor

February 5, 2020

When writing articles as a journalist, you should always consider what your headline will be and which of the core four your article goes under. There are rules to creating an interesting and concise headline that can get the audience to read your article. Headlines Every article needs a headline. A headline is the t...

Life as a student journalist: Newswriting and the Code of Ethics

Want to know what it's like being a reporter for The Pinion? Newswriting students learn the basics of journalism and will advance on their way from reporter to editor.

An Vo, editor

December 22, 2019

Learning blogs are short articles that talk about, obviously, what one has learned. The Pinion staff began writing blogs in 2013 about what they learned about journalism but stopped for unknown reasons. I want to bring back this trend as it’s a part of The Pinion’s traditions. What is Newswrit...