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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 to summer break, and I would spend the days of sweltering Indian summer heat splayed on the marble ...

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 Program (ATDP) in the summer of 2012.  We’d practiced writing poetry in third grade, and my haiku abo...

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 intrigued me for different reasons, but it was journalism as a whole that excite...

Lights, camera, action

Madison Ford plays the character Laura in the 2018 film Nathan’s Kingdom. Madison is a 2012 Coppell High School graduate and former entertainment editor of The Sidekick.

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 she never expected to have. When Ford was young, she did not consider becoming an actress; she w...

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 and the retirement of Destry Brown.   The whirlwind trip of the “Pittsburg Six,” of...

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

The Sidekick staff members attend the 2017 JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention’s opening ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on Nov. 16. Among nearly 5,000 other high school journalists, students are learning about how to become better journalists through various sessions led by professionals and educators in various fields at the convention.

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 the 29 Coppell Student Media members in attendance, this scene was the introduction to a week...

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 can be good business”, 5280 Publishing founder, president and editor-in chief Daniel Brogan had...

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 14, 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 night is being celebrated by my whole class. The play starts as Mr. Snelgrove played by sophomore Jus...

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 Scholastic Press Association Fall National Journalism Convention. Coppell High School media students...

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 newspaper, Round-Up Yearbook, and KCBY . The students put together these pieces under the instruction...

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 like journalism and not learning about how enzymes help break down proteins. But sometime in th...

Love of journalism brings together special couple

Love of journalism brings together special couple

April 29, 2013

By Nikki Dabney Staff Writer SAN FRANCISCO - Rob and Kristi Rathbun are the dynamic duo of journalism. When students and advisors attend their session “Take it from the top: headlines and ledes” or “Borrowing from the best to be the best” at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Associati...