Writers for The Eagle Eye, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s student newspaper, discussed their coverage of the Stoneman shooting and their future focus on student activism during a video interview with The Paly Voice April 18.
Following the Feb. 14 shooting that devastated the school, Eagle Eye staffers had to cope with many of the same difficulties as their classmates, with the added responsibility of serving as a prominent voice in the school’s student body.
“[Do] not let your biases cloud you from what’s going on,” co-Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Schneid said.
Capturing different perspectives through guest editorials, printing letters to the editors, and starting a Humans of MSD Instagram page are ways the staff aims to remain objective.
Paly Voice reporter Julia Qiao said it was an honor to speak with these students.
“I was particularly struck by how they, as student journalists, have had to both deal with the tragedy as a victim, but also as a reporter,” she said.
According to Melissa Falkowski, the Eagle Eye’s adviser, the staff’s current goal is to keep the momentum behind their school’s movement going until the midterm elections in November.
“We have a long road ahead of us for recovering and I think we have a long road ahead of us in terms of working on this issue and effecting positive change,” Falkowski said.
“Having the opportunity to speak with these students was truly an honor,” Qiao said. “I was particularly struck by how they, as student journalists, have had to both deal with the tragedy as a victim but also as a reporter.”