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A Letter and A Reflection From the Editors

Grace and Tori have deeply enjoyed their time working on The Crown and thank all of the people who have supported the creation and development of the newspaper.

Grace and Tori have deeply enjoyed their time working on The Crown and thank all of the people who have supported the creation and development of the newspaper.

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Tori Roberts, co-editor-in-chief

Dear Readers:

I would like to thank everyone who has read and supported The Crown for all of these years. There would be no purpose to our hard work if it wasn’t for you! I will deeply miss working on the paper here at Marian. It feels like just yesterday I was out on my first assignment, covering the homecoming game my sophomore year. I’ve truly loved watching the paper grow and improve, I still remember the excitement I felt when Mrs. Loy first announced to the staff that we would be switching to an online newspaper my junior year. I feel that the online newspaper helped get more of our writers’ work out there, and giving us more opportunities to cover everyday “newsworthy” events here at Marian. Now, my time as one of the editors-in-chief has come to an end, and it feels very odd and almost surreal to be working on the print Senior Edition for my own graduating class.

I’d like to thank all of our writers, photographers, and other editors for all of their hard work on article coverage this year. I’d also like to thank our newspaper adviser, Ms. Gallagher, for all of her hard work and dedication to the paper. Honestly, I would have felt crushed by stress constantly if it wasn’t for her help and emotional support. Lastly, I’d like to thank Mrs. Loy for getting me to join the newspaper staff in the first place and for all the hard work she has done to keep our paper up and running.

Even though it’s very bittersweet to leave, I know that The Crown will be left in the capable hands of all of the future staffers and editors. My advice to these reporters is to please, just turn your work in on time and proofread your work so that your editors don’t feel the urge to whack you over the head with a grammar handbook.Thank you again for reading and supporting The Crown newspaper.

 

Sincerely,

Tori Roberts

 

Grace Dawson, co-editor-in-chief

I started on the newspaper staff in my sophomore year, with fantastical dreams of one day working for the New York Times or National Geographic (I could never decide which I wanted to work for more). Anyways, I saw The Crown as my starting point, the kick off for the game that was my dream of becoming a journalist. My first year I worked as a staffer, writing articles about movies, music, but almost never sports (unless I was forced). That year was simple, get an assignment, write an article, and do the edits as given to me by the head editors.

Junior year was exponentially more complex. I went from writing articles to editing, a huge shift. It was also the year we launched the website, which meant the staff was writing more articles and publishing more often. More articles meant more editing from me, plus, somehow, we managed to put out two print editions that year (one for homecoming, one for the seniors) that were vastly different from anything The Crown had done before. Now, try to imagine editing a handful of articles, putting together a print edition, and working on the Junior year research paper, impossible? I still find it hard to believe that myself and my co-editor, Tori, managed to pull it off.

After the headache that was Junior year, I had realized that I no longer wanted to be a journalist. My focus had shifted from dreams of working for papers to goals of being a social worker for the VA, a much more achievable idea that fit me much better. So, Senior year was different from the start, rather than wanting to be a good editor so I could pursue my own dreams, I wanted to be a good editor so that the paper could succeed after I graduated. We set up a whole new system of article assignments and got rid of the Homecoming edition (it was under-read), and we focused on creating a website that would accurately inform the students and parents about what was going on both at Marian and in the ‘outside world’.

Now, as I come to the end of my last year on the paper, and find myself in a completely different place from where I started, I feel content. Sure, being an editor was not easy, especially with the growing pains the paper went through, but it was an experience that taught me a lot. It showed me what I really wanted to do, gave me patience (a lot of patience), and taught me how to work under pressure to produce something I’m proud of (no matter how much people complain about Senior Wills). So, I wish the best to the next editors, and offer one piece of advice; If a staffer promises they’ll turn the article in tomorrow, it’s probably an alternative fact.

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