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, Margaret Sheri had a dream that one day PS 102 students would find their voices, tell their stories, and create a platform for the world to celebrate their school community. She imagined an online journalism club that overcame budget cuts to the school newspaper to regularly publish stories of students learning, growing, and discovering the world together.
She recruited two parents to help her and a dozen fourth graders to lead the way 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 — to tell stories like Ms. Sheri’s of everyday heroes whose lives sacrificially benefit others around them — and more specifically why Journalism Stars matters. Stories like Ms. Sheri’s take place everyday at PS 102, and someone has to tell them. What better storytellers than the students who live them alongside caring adults like Margaret Sheri?
View past issues in the Archives.