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KCBY-TV marking 25 years: sharpening impact, student-run program

Coppell High School senior Hailey Wilkins interviews Coppell sophomore guard Waverly Hassman in the anchor room on Monday. This year, KCBY hit their 25 year anniversary as a student broadcast station.
Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor December 12, 2020

It all started with a cream-colored desk.  A single microphone poking out of the boxy model, built on a 12-inch platform by the Coppell ISD maintenance department and embellished with a red Coppell...

Journalism satisfying the inquisitive by presenting me with opportunity to give back

The Sidekick staff writer Akhila Gunturu talks about what journalism means to her for Scholastic Journalism Week. Gunturu was pushed by the journalistic influences around her to seek knowledge and join The Sidekick.
Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer February 25, 2020

When I was in elementary school, I would peer out of the foggy window from my booster-seat, listening to the quiet, calm, filter of NPR’s “Morning Edition” from the car’s radio.  Fast-forward...

Being a student journalist connects writing to my world

The Sidekick CHS9 Editor Shivi Sharma discusses her experiences in journalism on The Sidekick newspaper. Scholastic Journalism  Week celebrates student journalism globally and takes place this year from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28.
Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor February 25, 2020

Like most students, I participated in many classes and camps growing up, determining possible interests. One of them was a writing class at University of California, Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development...

Lasting impression: how journalism has impacted me, allowed me to find my own story

The 2018 Sidekick Awards Dinner is a banquet in which staffers are recognized for their work in the newspaper. The Sidekick co-student life editor Sofía Guerrero writes about what journalism means to her for Scholastic Journalism Week, another opportunity for student journalists to be celebrated.
Sofia Guerrero, Co-Student Life Editor February 23, 2019

It was freshman year, and I had to make a decision. I was currently in Principles of Arts, A/V Tech and Communications, and I was having trouble choosing between the newspaper and the broadcast course.   Both...

Lights, camera, action

Anthony Cesario, Entertainment Editor November 14, 2018

From discovering a passion for writing to landing the lead role in the 2018 film Nathan’s Kingdom, Coppell High School and Columbia University class of 2016 graduate Madison Ford is fulfilling dreams...

On the Spot: From students to speakers; “Pittsburg Six” take on Dallas convention as journalism celebrities

Pittsburg (Kan.) High School seniors Connor Balthazor, Patrick Sullivan, Kali Poenitske, Maddie Baden, Gina Mathew and and their adviser Emily Smith talk about the Booster Redux’s investigative adventure uncovering discrepancies in their principal’s resume leading to her resignation they had in March 2017. They led a session on Friday at the JEA/NSPA Fall High School Journalism Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, which is being attended by Sidekick newspaper, KCBY-TV and Round-Up yearbook staff members.
Amelia Vanyo, Editor-In-Chief November 17, 2017

DALLAS - It all started with junior Maddie Baden noticing a couple discrepancies in her newly hired principal’s story.   It all ended with a trip to the White House correspondents dinner...

On the Spot: Journalists looking to go big at national journalism convention (with video)

Lili Lomas November 17, 2017

DALLAS - Nearly 5,000  high school journalists and advisers bustled around the Hyatt Regency lobby  at the first day of the 2017 JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention today.   For...

Passion for journalism elevates mile higher in Denver

5280 Publishing founder, president and editor-in-chief Daniel Brogan shares the 'why' behind starting the Denver city magazine 5280 which started from his second bedroom in his apartment in 1993. Brogan took big, risky steps to get the magazine rolling such as sending out 10 credit card applications on the same day so the credit card companies would not cross-check to see which other cards he had applied for because he
April 17, 2015

By Tuulia Koponen Business/Public Relations Manager @tuulipia   DENVER - “I wasn't a smarter guy.” Just a few sentences into his speech for the session entitled “Good journalism...

The “Awesome 80’s Prom” brings interactive fun for all

The prom king and queen  decided by the crowd were Blake, played by sophomore Ryan Storch and Inga played by sophomore Macy Johnson. Photo by Sarah Vanderpool.
February 13, 2015

By Alexandra Dalton Staff Writer  Walking into the quiet black box theater, the authentic commentary from the determined student actors creates a feeling that I am really in 1989, and that prom...

Coppell media contingent heads to nation’s capital for premier journalism convention

Eleven members of Coppell High School’s KCBY-TV and Round-Up yearbook programs departed today for Washington D.C. for the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, which runs through Sunday. The student journalists plan to sightsee while in the nation’s capital, including a trip to Newseum (pictured here from a 2009 trip by Coppell Student Media). The Sidekick file photo
November 6, 2014

By Pranathi Chitta staff writer @prannydacheetah This morning, 11 members KCBY-TV and Round-Up yearbook members departed for Washington D.C. to attend the Journalism Education Association/National...

Middle school students experience backpack journalism during media shadow day

Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
October 31, 2013

Editor's Note: The following stories were written by Multimedia students from Coppell Middle School West during a "shadow day" and media workshop hosted by the EMAC Academy which includes The Sidekick...

Stability outweighs passion regarding future careers

Stability outweighs passion regarding future careers
September 6, 2013

By Tolu Salako Editorial Page Editor I like finding derivatives, not learning about the different parts of the cell. I like finding the area under the curve and not the different structures of viruses. I...

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