Junior Macy Quinn-Sears was accepted into Stanford’s prestigious student journalism program for the second year in a row, this time as a counselor in training. Quinn-Sears, who last summer participated in Stanford’s Year Two group of student journalists, was one of two applicants who gained a spot as a counselor, out of a pool composed of the previous years’ class of Year Two students.
The program, an annual summer feature at Stanford, allows students to write stories and conduct interviews in the San Francisco Bay Area. They had the chance to hear speakers on a variety of topics: a student-press lawyer, a CEO, an employee of the international design and consulting firm IDEO (which was founded in Palo Alto) and a surfeit of reporters and editors for Bay Area publications. They were also given the opportunity to tour the headquarters of the San Francisco Chronicle, which was founded in 1865.
Quinn-Sears says that she is thrilled to be returning to the camp, and looks forward to the chance to experience it with her new and continually evolving perspective on student journalism, which has been fostered by her work as part of the school newspaper, The Wa-Hi Journal. Quinn-Sears has been a part of the Journal’s staff for three years, and will hold the position of editor-in-chief for the 2017-2018 school year. She loves writing opinion articles and is passionate about student journalism. “… journalism is about humanity, and telling a true story about human issues, not replacing faces with numbers to convey a point. Often, student press is discouraged from tackling the ‘bigger picture’ because it can be difficult to write about, but I think students should be urged to understand how the facts correlate with their own community,” Quinn-Sears said.