1. You’ll look forward to fifth bell every day
2. Journalism Camp
In the summertime, the staff goes to a week-long journalism camp. Last summer, we went to Ohio University and the previous summer we went to Indiana University. It’s a great way to learn from the best and get to know the other members on staff.
3. You can cover what you want.
You decide if you want to write sports, news, feature, or opinion. You don’t have to just to stick to one.
Hands down, some of the best memories of your high school career will be from Chronicle bonding, or chronding. We’ve done things like Salsa on the Square in Downtown Cincinnati, ice-skating, and canoeing.
5. Avoid the chaos of the cafeteria
Most Chronicle members stay in C103 and eat lunch. It’s a nice and calm setting to eat, plus we have a microwave. #soup
6. See your name in print
7. Mr. Conner
Our adviser, Mr. Conner, is an amazing teacher and person. It’s nice to have a teacher you can count on throughout your high school career.
8. The traditions
Some of the best traditions include:
- Secret Santa
- Candy Drawer: After Halloween, we all bring in candy and put in a drawer that you’re allowed to access throughout class. We try to get it to last until Thanksgiving, but it’s always a struggle.
- Food Friday: Every Distribution Day, we get food ordered from somewhere like Chipotle, Olive Garden, or Papa John’s.
- Sundae Thursday: We’ll bring in ice cream sundae supplies and pig out.
9. You’ll still having time for extracurricular activities and sports
Since this is a class during school, you have time to do your work. All Chronicle members are super involved outside of school, but still have time to get it done.
10. Allow someone's story to be heard
It’s great to be able to shed light on an issue or allow somebody to get their name and quotes in print.
11. The power of the press pass
Not only are our press passes super legit, but when you’re covering a game or school event, you can get in for free.
12. You're not in the typical classroom setting
13. Grade and age don’t matter
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors all work closely together without any problems.
14. Chron Family
These are the people you can count on to cheer you up when you have a bad day. We have too many inside jokes to count. Our GroupMe chat can get out of control—in a good way.
15. Improve your writing abilities
Coming up with story ideas and visuals is on you. It’s good practice for the real world.
17. Distribution Day is marvelousThere is Food Friday, getting to see people’s reactions to the paper, and the monthly PowerPoint where every Chronicle member gets assigned from a certain theme, for example, celebrity look-alike.
18. Cool spirit wear
19. High quality technologyMacs, Canon cameras, Adobe programs all at your fingertips.
20. Get out of your comfort zone
You'll be challenged with strict deadlines. Talking to people you don’t know can be uncomfortable sometimes. The more you do it though, the better you can handle it.
21. ChronsgivingOne of the best traditions we have. Before Thanksgiving break, we have a full on feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, and the works.
22. Practice running a professional social media account
Running the Chronicle Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook is great practice and forces you to be creative and pay attention to what your audience likes.
23. The skills you learn help in a variety of careers, not just journalism
A lot of the people on staff might not necessarily major in journalism in college, and that’s okay. The people skills and writing skills you gain are still very valuable and applicable.
It’s always fun to read your peers’ replies to the Tweets.
25.There are a lot of positions available: staff writer, business/marketing manager, photographer, graphic designer