By Edysmar Diaz-Cruz & Daniela Morales
As editors of Miami Lakes Educational Center’s student paper, the Harbinger, we pride ourselves in leading a newsroom comprised of young minds, young talent, and young voices. We may be high schoolers, but we know what it takes to publish authentic news when the student body needs to hear it most. We share the stories that take place within our school, we analyze the politics in our local community, and we are well aware of the struggles facing journalists of the future.
The past few months marked an interesting turn of events for print and online media. We have always been aware that social media has revolutionized the way we share news, but now, readers are on high alert, quick to put any news notification under scrutiny, quick to deem it as false. Halfway into the school year, the Harbinger staff remains alert, ready to report, investigate, and publish ‘real’ news to our readers.
As a student publication that’s taken advantage of the connectivity our generation provides via social media networks, we have a large presence on various platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Youtube.
It is through these platforms that we hope to connect with you, the reader, by providing you a front row seat into the latest school, local, and national news. As you navigate your way through MLEC’s hallways and further into your high school career, we will be there.
We will be there, behind cameras and reporter’s notebooks, as you strive and achieve, sharing the accomplishments of our fellow jaguars. We will be there when you are afraid in the face of change — in and outside of school — by publishing hard facts that comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
In spite of the obstacles facing journalism today, we will search for and uphold the truth.
In doing so, we will defend your right to speak up and be heard. We want you, the reader, to continue to be engaged, involved, and informed. Meanwhile, we will continue to capture memories that, collectively, make up your moments as students here in MLEC — from your first day of school as an anxiety-ridden freshman to the long-awaited walk towards your diploma on graduation day.
This editorial was published in the February issue of the Harbinger, Miami Lakes Educational Center’s high school newspaper.