I was reminded this morning why I got into education reporting in the first place.
Way back last spring when I was decided which beat to go for, I thought about the extracurricular I love the most: Granny’s House. I am so content when tutoring and playing with the Granny’s kids, and I wanted to find a way to channel that passion into my reporting. Education seemed the obvious choice.
This morning I met with Battle High School students involved with the AVID program. We laughed and joked and had a good time (I think they were just excited to get pulled out of class). The interview was the least formal interview I have ever had, but also one of the best. The perspective they shared was essential to my reporting, after all, education is all about the students.
With the project I am currently working on, it is tempting to get bogged down in the statistics and the data. Thank god for graphics, is all I have to say about that.
I love the people and the stories; it is why I got into journalism in the first place. As the semester winds down and the stress picks up, this morning was a breath of fresh air and a reminder: For me, this is all about the kids.