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On the Front Lines: “Oldests” share their trials and triumphs

F. Lewin

Hi, I'm Rivky. As editor of our high school Newszine, I'm constantly sniffing the air, eyes peeled, senses tingling, for a scoop – a whammy piece of writing that will grab our readers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Since Purim, I've noticed increased frowns on some of my classmates' faces. My journalist sixth sense tells me something is up and whatever it is will be a great piece for our paper. So, when Dina stepped into our classroom one morning, rubbing her eyes, and popping my eardrums with a particularly loud groan, I moseyed on over…. My classmates know that when I approach them it's usually with questions. And when I ask questions it's almost always for the Newszine. Well, that's just one of my jobs as editor, but they are kinda cautious.

I tapped Dina on her shoulder and flashed my most winning smile.

Her face immediately shut, like curtains drawn over a window. "What do you want?" she tried to ask nicely.

"I… um... just eh." Now that wouldn't do - an editor tripping over her words. I took a deep breath.  "Something seems to be bothering you, Dina. Care to share?" I put on my friendliest, most empathetic voice.


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