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Webb Canyon Chronicle staff meets Michael Barbaro at Scripps College

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Janina Akporavbare (‘22), Sunny Yu (‘22), Dr. Dzula, Bianca Arteaga (‘22), Nichola Monore (‘22), Laura Haushalter (’21), and Mo Igbaria (‘20) pose for a photo with Michael Barbaro after listening to his talk.

The journalists from Webb Canyon Chronicle had a busy night. Instead of going out for Tuesday dinner or working on homework, we attended a “Scripps Presents” talk featuring Michael Barbaro, the host of The Daily, a free twenty minute podcast on the New York Times.

Dr. Mark Dzula, adviser of the Webb Canyon Chronicle, encouraged us to attend the event so that we could hear a professional journalist’s personal perspective to reporting on news. Instead of reading news headlines, The Daily tells a story that engages the audience through audio. Barbaro hosts interviews and works with a team of journalists to bring stories to life for his listeners. 

Barbaro is the voice that more than two million people listen to everyday. He told the audience about the three main rules he adheres to that help him while writing his podcast: creating a narrative, finding a character arc, and having a general guiding idea or focus.  

During the sixty minutes he spoke, the journalists in the audience learned a great deal about how The Daily runs, Mr. Barbaro and his life, and the stories and motivations behind the successful host. For example, he talked about interviewing the store manager of the gun shop where the man responsible for the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting bought his gun. Instead of conveying a sense of criticism in the interview, Barbaro showed great respect to the store manager even though he indirectly led to the tragic story.

After the presentation, journalists introduced themselves and the Webb Canyon Chronicle to Michael Barbaro and were able to ask questions that redefined their view of a successful journalist.

When asked about what makes a podcast successful, Barbaro emphasized the importance of being curious, showing genuine interest in the topic of discussion, and remaining unbiased. To tell a great story, details like the pauses between conversations and questions are important. Barbaro explained that the power of voice distinguishes audio podcasts from traditional articles, as the voice itself can completely shape or change a story.

Barbaro’s talk helped students find a new way of looking at news articles and challenged their preconceptions of what it means to be a journalist in the modern world. 

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Janina Akporavbare, Staff Writer
Janina Akporavbare (‘22) loves to write, so her choice to join the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a staff writer is a perfect choice. During her leisure time, Janina can be found skating down a street, surfing in the SoCal waves, or practicing an array of sports. She identifies as an extroverted introvert – while she may be quiet and keep to herself, she will speak up for her passions. Her favorite courses, specifically in the humanities, have given her the opportunity to discuss philosophy and debate heavy topics, which she hopes to carry over to the publication. During her time as a new staff writer, she aspires to cover articles about mental health crises and other issues that people often ignore.
Laura Haushalter, Public Editor
Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and athletic, Laura Haushalter (‘21) uses her passionate attitude to take on many leadership roles: captain of the VWS cross-country and swimming teams; Student Government spirit commissioner; and the Public Editor for the WCC. As the Public Editor, Laura oversees all the social media accounts for the WCC. In addition to normal Editor-in-Chief  responsibilities, she helps the WCC gain more publicity, making sure Webbies stay informed and updated about the latest articles. Laura is extremely passionate about environmental justice and climate change, which is why her favorite class she has taken at Webb is Honors Global Society and Sustainability. In her free time, you can catch Laura watching Friends or Veep, listening to AJR, Beach House, and Cardi B, or running on Thompson Creek Trail. Her goals this year are to make the WCC’s social media accounts more active, and make the most of her last year at Webb.
Sunny Yu, Editor-in-Chief
Sunny Yu (‘22) is a prime example of the protagonist personality. As a natural leader, she is active, thoughtful, caring, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the WCC, a member of the Chapel Council, the captain of the varsity cross-country team, and a founding member of Webb’s Breakfast literary magazine. Sunny is also vocal and passionate about the enforcement of social justice and representation of marginalized groups: at the WCC, she utilizes journalism as a tool to shed light on many controversial issues, never shying away from the ability to make a lasting impact. During the weekends, you can often find her on a run to “The Spot,” a smoothie shop, playing soccer on Chandler, and occasionally annoying the library staff for borrowing too many books, such as her favorite, Waiting for the Barbarians, a wonderful allegory on human relationships. As a protagonist, she finds joy in guiding young journalists to grow into their best selves. This year, Sunny hopes that the WCC can continue covering important topics and spark conversations while bringing people laughter and keeping them informed. Favorite song: "Sunflower Feelings" by Kuzu Mellow

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