Its been a rough week.
JagWire issue 15.4, Shattering the Silence on Cutting, was released March 13 amid inner-staff turmoil and intense outside pressure.
To be honest, it felt like reporters and other editors were turning against me at the last moment. They didn’t want the issue to be released for various reasons, although none of their reasons were structured enough for us to pull the plug or make changes. Even if they had been, we didn’t have the time to change anything if we wanted to. Some other editors and reporters even went as far as to blame me for their response towards the issue.
Upon its release the paper met criticism from a few staff members and a few students who didn’t feel like it was an appropriate topic for high school students.
A few of these students, including a JagWire staff member, publicly voiced their opinions in the hallways and in our room, which is not a proper way to share your dislike. The proper route would be to send a Letter to the Editor.
I got really mad at these students because of their outbursts, although I should have just let them go on doing their thing. My temper was tested again this evening when I saw that other students have taken to twitter to trash talk our issue.
The topic was taken seriously by JagWire and research was completed for every article. Trigger warnings and disclaimers about sensitive images were included on the cover and the first page of the FOCUS section. The only article not researched based was a feature on a student that does self-harm, and we chose to tell their story in full. We got a lot of outburst for that. I don’t really understand why. We told the student’s story in full as they told us. We didn’t add any additional information to it and we didn’t change things to make the story one sided.
Teachers showed their support today by stopping by and complimenting us on the issue, including one that was nearly in tears because of how well we had presented the too real problem that occurs at my school.
So, to sum it all up, I’m exhausted from dealing with all of this today.