Students keeping Gleneagle voices alive

History has proved to repeat itself with Gleneagle’s journalism course once again being cut this year. The official student newspaper, The Edge, will not be published within the 2018-2019 school year, but a group of students have come together to produce a smaller student publication known as The Cutting Edge. This new newspaper intends to preserve the student voice.

“After hearing of the journalism course cancellation, the journalism students felt disappointed and wanted to continue the newspaper somehow. We decided that if we couldn’t take the course, we would just write by ourselves.”

Diane Huang, grade 11

The Cutting Edge, which is officially recognized as a club, will function similarly to the previous journalism course. However, the publication itself will have distinct differences from The Edge, most noticeably in its size and layout.
“[The writers] have to take the newspaper and figure out what the concentrated version is,” said Ken Cober, principal. “Now they’re doing it in a new way with restricted time, restricted human-power, and restricted resources. They really have to know exactly what their message is and their purpose.”
The current six students enrolled in the club collaborate amongst one another in the production of the newspaper along with the support of sponsor teacher, Lynn Cecchini.
“I agreed [to sponsor the club] because I felt like this project could provide an opportunity for students to give the paper a presence in our school,” said Cecchini. “It is a way to plant a seed for having a paper continue in the future.”
The initial reasoning behind the journalism course cancellation was the low enrollment during last spring’s course selection. Charlotte Lightburn, former yearbook teacher, proposed a solution to the enrollment issue, offering to run a combined course.
Due to personal circumstances, Lightburn has been unable to teach this year, eliminating the combined course module. However, this does not ultimately eliminate the possiblity of having journalism return as a course.
“If we get enough students choosing the [journalism] course, then absolutely the course will come back,” said Cober.
“We hope that by producing the newspaper, it will make students, especially grade 9 students, more aware of the opportunity,” said Huang.
“As long as there are people passionate about sharing news and ideas, The Edge will live on,” concluded Huang.
Students interested in writing for and contributing to The Cutting Edge can visit the library every Tuesday during block five.