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personal conflict going on,” he said. Still, talking with Trump supporters was reassuring. “I met a lot of people who reaffirmed the decency I see in this country,” Soderberg said. The Spoke produced several stories, including an op-ed titled “Zero Expectations” and written as if the Statue of Liberty was speaking. “Put Your March Where Your Mouth Is” urged students to continue protesting, while “Donald Trump is Making America Great Again” by guest columnist Leo Chen asked them to be “stronger together” for the new president. Goldenthal says his inauguration experience prompted him to cover a local school board election in greater depth last fall, including podcasts with all seven candidates. “I figured if people aren’t aware of what decisions are happening in their own neighborhood, then we don’t stand a chance at understanding politics on a national level,” he said. “Going to the inauguration definitely solidified my desire to be a journalist,” he added. “I think that it’s one of the most important jobs in our society, especially in this day and age when there is so much chaos going on politically and socially.” The Outlook: “It’s America —get on with your day” demanding that Schumer be ejected from the stage. A cub reporter on his first big story, Lukaszewicz was undeterred. He approached security officers (who declined to be interviewed), a U.S. border patrol officer (he said okay) and a National Guardsman, who described a year of training leading up to the inauguration and warned that “they would allow protesters, but only to a point.” If you’re a self-described “pretty liberal” student journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area covering a populist president who dislikes the media, it probably doesn’t hurt to play varsity basketball. Gabe Lukaszewicz, 17, of Aragon High School, fits that bill. At 6 foot 5 inches and 210 pounds, Lukaszewicz “personally never felt threatened” or unsafe, even when Trump supporters surrounding his group shook their fists when Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, mentioned gays and lesbians during his speech at the inauguration. BEATRICE MOTAMEDI, CJE Beatrice Motamedi is executive director of Global Student Square, an international student journalism network. A former staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, UPI and WebMD, she is a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and was named California Journalism Educator of the Year in 2012. Motamedi was a 2015 Knight Fellow in journalism at Stanford University, where she co-directs Newsroom by the Bay, a summer digital “The crowd just went off,” Lukaszewicz remembers. “They were chanting, ‘Where’s the hook? Where’s the hook?,” media program for high school students.