My journalism career began in a small, cluttered classroom on the second floor of the ancient Denton High School. Over the past two years my only experience in a newsroom setting came from the single room that made up the DHS Journalism Department. The Mayborn HS journalism workshop gave me the opportunity to visit, and tour, a real paying newsroom at the Denton Record Chronicle.
Upon entering the building I was hit with an atmosphere that was the complete inverse of my own publication site. A huge silver sign greeted you at the door with bold letters reading “The Denton Record Chronicle” and a smiling woman sat behind the desk asked us if we were ready for the tour, this whole place screamed professionalism.
The room where the actual reporting occurred was by far my favorite. Watching journalists record what they had covered earlier in the day and knowing that their writing will appear on print where most of Denton County will read it, was a pretty cool thought.
Regardless of the similar objectives that the DHS newspaper, The Horseshoe, and the DRC share, the way things are run is very contrasting. Throughout the tour I learned about all the different teams that it takes to put out a newspaper. With only a mere 18 staff members, the Horseshoe does not have more than one copy editor or an advertising team, but rather a mere one or two students that just happen to have the free time to make a few phone calls.
I absolutely loved the DRC building, the vibes, the people, and the work that goes on there. I will definitely share my experience with my staff members back at school and I know that they will be eager to visit this company that is only a 2 minute drive from where we compose our own newspaper.