Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 | Page 36

GALLERY FOR SPOKE’S PHOTOS OF THE PROTEST GALLERY FOR ARAGON’S PHOTOS OF THE PROTEST #notmypresident trending on Twitter, it wasn’t surprising that advisers were as divided as the rest of America. Yet turning a blind eye on any news event or covering it from afar carries risk. After Trump’s unexpected win, the agony was palpable in professional newsrooms around the country . What did we miss? How did we get it wrong? Whose stories didn’t we tell? I talked to three schools whose student coverage of the inauguration tested and challenged the young journalists: The Spoke (Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pennsylvania); The Aragon Outlook (Aragon High School, San Mateo, California); and The Wingspan (Nixa High School, Nixa, Missouri). Their advice on covering controversial events was simple. “Go do it—it’s so much better than watching [events] on TV,” said Neil Goldenthal, 17, sports editor for The Spoke. Spoke staffers took that advice, covering the March on Science a few months later. “It’s really easy to form biased opinions when you stay at home and stay within your network, whatever it may be,” said