June 2010: The Why? Issue

Journalism allows its readers to witness history. – John Hersey

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jimmy Valvano (1946-1993)

In October 2009, parent coordinator Margaret Sheri had an idea to help PS 102 students tell their stories and create a platform for the world to celebrate our amazing school community.  She imagined an online journalism club that would regularly publish stories of students learning, growing, and discovering the world together.

She recruited two amazing parent volunteers – Rana Abu-Sbaih and Jeremy Del Rio to join her and a dozen fourth graders on a crazy adventure that produced six monthly issues from January-June 2010 organized around the elements of storytelling, six basic questions: who, what, when, where, how, and why. They built the club on a simple idea that the most interesting stories are the stories of our lives, and the job of journalists is to tell those stories.

This final issue of the 2009-2010 school year is The Virtual Journal‘s “Why? Issue.” In it, our students explore why journalism matters — and more specifically why Journalism Stars matters. 

Enjoy this month’s issue! Table of Contents.

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