Terra Nova Times never shies away from covering international, national, Bay Area or Pacifica news that, to students, is every bit as important as what happens at their high school or school district.
A recent issue included health tips and made holiday shopping suggestions, commiserated about the lengthy COVID-19 lockdown affecting so much of student life, and provided tips for dealing with feelings of isolation or being unprepared for final exams after so much at-home learning.
Terra Nova journalism teacher Alyssa Jenkins said she decided to watch along with journalism students as events were escalating at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I made the decision that, since what we were seeing hadn’t happened since the War of 1812, and then it was the British invading, the most important thing I could do was to turn on the news for us to watch together,” she wrote in an email to the Tribune. “Just after I turned on the news for the students, my editor-in-chief told me that he was actually about to ask if we could watch the news because what was going on was so overwhelming.
“I positioned my computer and webcam so that we were watching the same thing together, and we just kind of stared at it,” she wrote. “It was a lot to take in.”
Their next decision involved how to best cover the historic insurrection.
“We decided to run a straight, big-picture article about what happened and gave our writers a chance to write about anything else they had a view on,” said Editor-in-chief Joseph Murphy. “It was an important event.
“Some students don’t have access to reliable information in the community and the world. We have a balance,” he said of covering what happens at school as well as the wider world. “This year there are fewer things to cover at school.”
Another Terra Nova teacher, Sean Karkazis, who teaches AP European History and United States History said he discussed the march on the Capitol in his Zoom classes.
“I gave my students a platform to navigate the conversation,” he wrote in an email. “I shared different media coverage across the political spectrum, as well as international. My students were able to see a national security issue and historical event take place through different biases.”