A Day in the Life of a Force File Correspondent
By Ben Snyder
The Force File has been around for nearly two years now, but only a select few have written for the newspaper and lived to tell the tale. In order to give the rest of the school an idea of what sorts of things go on in hushed voices behind closed doors in 319 on Thursdays, here is a day on the job for one of those lucky correspondents.
Author’s note: Due to the fact that the subject of this article is an investigative journalist, the names here have either been changed or omitted.
3:30 am: Awaken for a quick and stealthy jaunt to Rockford Park to meet with a trusted source with a potential tip about the current whereabouts of Charter’s former unofficial mascot, the so-called Force Horse. Leave a pillow under the covers so as not to arouse suspicion.
4:30 am: Return to bed. Store grainy photo of horse head (is that stain coffee or something more sinister?) in miniature safe under dresser.
6:50 am: Wake up after sleeping through alarm (again) and sprint through morning routine. Yes, us journalists are human too.
7:34 am: Sprint up from the car and sit down in homeroom just in the nick of time. Review mysterious coded note found stuck to desk and place it in miscellaneous evidence file. Maybe a tip from a very skittish source?
7:45 am: Head to first period physics in the lost hallway.
9:07 am: Head still swimming slightly from physics class, sign out from study hall for an interview with Mrs. X about her rock collection for a piece on Charter’s hot geological scene. Yes, it may be dirty work, but someone has got to do it.
10:32 am: Meet with the Supreme Commander at secret HQ. Just kidding. What I mean is I went to the newspaper meeting for peer editing. My peer editor absolutely shredded my rough draft. No sooner had I thrown a printed copy into my fine finned friend’s tank than he began ripping it and shaking it violently. I’m still not sure allowing Mrs. Lounsbury’s sharks to join newspaper club was the best decision. Anyhow, I picked up my assignments for the next week.
11:07 am: Lunch. Nothing interesting, just lunch.
11:40 am: Back to class.
2:25 pm: Pick up papers for a fake identity to infiltrate teacher’s lounge as “copier jam expert” to confirm or falsify reports of a secret espresso machine. I mean no student has ever laid eyes on that place, who knows what is hidden there?
2:35 pm: Go home and do homework. Get distracted by funny cat videos.
4:25 pm: Do some more homework. Rewrite newspaper article rough draft so it “has more bite” in accordance with my peer editor’s suggestions.
10:00 pm: End the day by checking the twitter feed (gotta stay up to date on the latest news covfefe) and then heading up to bed to get some well deserved rest.
I think we should give a round of applause to the brave men and women dedicated to getting to the bottom of important matters here at Charter, especially after we lost our last reporter to a rogue scantron machine (bet you didn’t know why the school got a new one). On a serious note, the Force File wants to hear what you have to say! Writing for the paper is a great way to hone your skills and get to see your work published. It’s easy to jump into our monthly publishing cycles and we would love to have you. If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.