- Shira Cohen
The Ins and Outs of North Shore Notes
I’m sure you are all familiar with North Shore Hebrew Academy’s outstanding newspaper: North Shore Notes! After all, you are reading it right now. Run by director of the Writing Center, Ms. Zabinsky, and assiduous seniors Shira Cohen and Shoshana Horn, its mantra, “get in the know,” is nothing short of fitting. What goes into creating such an amazing newspaper, though? You are about to find out!
The writing process is quite simple. The editors draft a list of nine relevant topics every week, send it out to the student staff, and students choose from the list. Shira and Shoshana alternate editing the articles each week. The articles range from school activities, current events, and Dvar Torahs to sports, politics, and advice. Each week’s issue is different and “gives students the opportunity to express themselves and write about topics that interest them, ” says staff writer, Tamir Cohen. Students are given plenty of time to write and submit their articles, ensuring that they“ never have to be stressed out,” adds another staff writer. Upon completing their articles, students send them to the editor of that week, either Shira or Shoshana, to be checked and approved. Shoshana loves that she gets to read a “plethora of stellar articles each week” and “how each writer has their own interests and opinions.” The final touches are then in the hands of Ms. Zabinsky as she reviews the articles once again and shares them with the entire school to be read and enjoyed!
And that's about it! You are all finally familiar with the inside outs of North Shore’s spectacular newspaper. Now you know what had to be done in order for this issue to be produced. All of this, however, would not be possible “without the dedication and help of each and every writer,” as Shira and Shoshanna emphasize. And, as Ms. Zabinsky adds, “Students are always at the very heart of the paper, and I am so proud of the many incredible ones I've been able to work with.”