My name is Alejandro Echevarria, editor-in-chief of Churchill’s premier news magazine The Pride. You’ll be hearing a lot from me throughout the year. There’s a lot I could talk about, and a lot I will talk about in the future, but today I just want to introduce you to The Pride.
I wouldn’t blame you for never having heard of The Pride. After all, this is our first year as a legitimate publication. We kind of came out of the blue; Churchill hasn’t had a newspaper in years, much less a news magazine. This is really a new thing for our school, but I’d say we’re making a pretty spectacular debut. Though it’s our first proper year, we have more than 30 dedicated contributors on staff, all working to put out an issue every month, keep students updated with daily reports online, and give us all something to think about when we’re sitting bored in advisory and tuning out something about digital footprints.
But of course all of that means nothing without knowing what this magazine entails. Here at The Pride, we put all we have into keeping our school aware, entertained, and talking. We want to bring you reviews of the latest movies and music, editorials about school-wide issues, features that show every side of the Churchill experience, columns, quizzes, news, and lots more. We want to give students the information and the platform necessary to have a voice about what’s going on at their school. We want to celebrate what’s great about Churchill and draw attention to what we can do better.
Perhaps it’s too much for me to assume that the role of a school newspaper is to do anything more than trumpet said school’s praises, but I genuinely believe we can do more than that. Churchill has long been a school steeped in tradition, for better or for worse, and I think this year marks the start of a new tradition — one that just might have the potential to change how we interact with and think about school.