Alysia Garvalena ‘takes a stand’ on scholastic journalism

Alysia Garvalena, Special to the Dodger

Dear Editor of the Dodger:

My name is Alysia Garvalena and I am a junior at Dodge City High School. I have been taking journalism for almost three years at the high school and am a first year yearbook student.

I was reading the article “Scholastic journalism at risk” on the Dodger Online and I am very disappointed and angered to hear that the Kansas Department of Education has decided to cut off journalism and yearbook funding! I agree with Luke 100%. Cutting the funding is just stupid and ridiculous. Just because newspapers may be going out of style does not mean news itself is.  The media will always need journalists to write and report news. If students aren’t going to be offered a publications course in high school, then how are students going to know that they are interested in the field? If students aren’t offered journalism in high school, then there are going to be fewer students taking it in college.  If fewer students take it in college, then less are going to pursue a career in it in the real world. If there are fewer journalists, then there will be less news reported. That means there will be less news-covered, fewer sources to find news, and less sides of the news will be covered. In the end, there will be a lot less news sources.

The KSDE claims that journalism “doesn’t directly lead to occupations.” That is simply not true. Obviousl,y journalism leads to direct occupations. You can go to a great college and pursue a major in the journalism field and from there you can go to writing at a newspaper or someplace similar. You might even get a job in the journalistic field straight out of high school.

Not only do journalism courses teach you to report news, but they teach you how to write structured stories and the importance of deadlines, as well as computer design. All three examples are skills that are needed in almost every job in any industry and can be used for almost anything.

Not only is journalism important, but think about yearbook. Almost every adult has a copy of their senior yearbook. Who’s going to create the yearbook if funding gets cut? Students won’t get a yearbook, which means no senior yearbooks for the seniors. Yearbooks are tradition in high school and it will be very devastating to see that taken away.

Therefore, the KSDE needs to rethink their decision on cutting the funding and take another look at the journalism and yearbook departments and the actual importance of them.


Alysia Garvalena