Join The Panther 2021-22

The Panther Staff

Newspaper Application for New Staffers

Due: April 16, 2021

Joining staff will require dedication and commitment.  Please apply both of these qualities to the assignment for your application. Attach your most current report card to your application upon submission. Feel free to include any extra information that you think could benefit you in your application. Complete all three portions of the application. Email applications to our Editor-in-Chief, Bella Martin at [email protected] in PDF format. 

  • Personal Information
  1. Name ___________________________________
  2. 6th Period: __________________________
  3. Grade Next Year: ______
  4. I.D. Number ________________________
  5. Cell phone number:  _________________________
  6. E-mail ____________________________________
  7. English Teacher _____________________________
  • Please complete the following assignment:


Write a news story that will feature one aspect of the school.  Include interviews covering a range of people, not just your friends. Be prepared to explain your story’s significance and how you plan to elevate your own writing level as a staff member. What do you think your strengths or weaknesses are?

  • According to your strengths you may choose to complete none, one, or both of the following assignments. Your selection will not necessarily assure that you will be working on a specific area so we suggest you attempt both. 


Create a portfolio of 10-20 photographs illustrating your strengths.  Provide a variety of samples so we can judge your abilities fully. All photographs must contain people. Write captions for your three favorite photos. From your portfolio pick your best picture and be prepared to explain the photograph and its significance during an interview. 


Develop a design for a one-spread layout that includes a headline and photo boxes or other design elements like graphics and illustrations. The design must include a well-thought out color scheme and font. In addition, bring in samples from various publications such as magazines or websites that inspired you to create this design. The journalism program uses the Adobe Creative Suite, which is not mandatory for this portion of the application but suggested.  The computers in our room (room 1124) are available for use after school and/or during both lunches.  Please schedule this time with the newspaper adviser Ms. Aviles before you make your plans. 

  • Questionnaire. Please type your responses and attach them to your application.
  1. Explain your motivation for applying to newspaper.
  2. Please list your previous experiences that have built your knowledge base in any of the areas covered above. 
  3. Explain any technological experience with any of the Adobe Creative Suite programs: InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge or Illustrator; other design software or advanced camera equipment. 
  4. Please list the classes you plan to take of next year.
  5. Please list all of the activities you plan to be a part of in the following school year and include positions you will or plan to hold.