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Who am I?

I’m Katie Pickrell, a senior at Mountain Vista High School, and I’ve been a staff member of Mountain Vista’s media program since my sophomore year.senior editors

I joined the crew originally because I loved to write. The first class I took relating to scholastic media was Mark Newton’s introductory course Intro to Journalism. The class increased my love for journalism and helped me to realize how much more there was to it.

After being on staff as a beat reporter for a little under a year, I decided to become an editor. While visiting our nation’s capital during the National High School Journalism Convention, I sat down with Newton and talked about my position on staff. The trip helped me realize that I wanted to be a leader aXIJEQrsEciA-CCaJh-Rw6ZM58aDduCyU6oUzrGqblF0nd help in every way I possibly can not only to do what I’m passionate about, but to help others do the same.

Being in D.C. was a life altering experience. Though I was already aware that I wanted to be a reporter, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to report on. During my sophomore year in high school, I took up an interest in politics.

The way by which the journalism staff visited D.C. helped me realize that I wanted to combine my two passions in the future and possibly become a political reporter. I think it is important to spread knowledge and ideas among people.

While I don’t care if an individual agrees or disagrees with me, I do care that they have the same information I have to form their own opinions with. That’s why I love journalism and cherish it more than anything.

The most powerful quote I’ve ever read is Philip Graham’s words: “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” I can’t think of a better way to describe my passion and I can’t imagine devoting my life to anything else.

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When our adviser, Mark Newton, suggested that a blogging platform be put in place for any interested staff members or editors, I was extremely excited. I have a lot to say about a lot of things, which is one of the reasons that I love journalism so much. Most everything that I do, I put my all into and it’s the same way with the things that I think. When I form my opinions and outlooks, I try to do so passionately so I understand what I stand for, and I think that will be apparent it practically everything I share here.

Some of my ideas are a little out there and I’ll admit some may be bias, especially in the eyes of many local community members given the general social and political makeup of my surroundings. That’s the great thing about having this blog: they can be. I’m not going to post a lot of current events or news here because I’ll save all of that for the website, but I will go in depth around current events and news.

Because I focus so much on the school setting in my posts on other general pages of VistaNow, most of my blog posts can be expected to hit on various political issues. Don’t be surprised to read reviews of presidential candidates, thoughts on legislation, perceptions of current events and even the occasional ideological praise or criticism.

I don’t expect anyone who reads any or all of my posts to be in agreeance with me all the time if even ever at all, but I do recommend that my opinions be valued and respected, aqfhtnU_ZauCghCuIXko1OXhhw4yAX2nIvbVwcPoCNkknd I will do the same for yours. To the best of my abilities, I will try to understand where my place is to speak and where my place is to stand back, but if I feel something must be or can be said, it will be.

How can I tell you what I think?

I would love to speak to anyone about what I write, regardless of the topic or how sensitive it may seem. First and fifth period I’m in the newsroom (U327) and seventh I’m in the editor room down the hall most days. I can also be contacted at and

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