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Editor’s Farewell: From football field to White House, journalism beneficial to society

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Andrew Howard ’17 sits on the fountain outside the chapel courtyard. Howard is on his final year of The Roundup staff and completes his first year as Editor in Chief.

By Andrew Howard ’17

My first real memory as a Roundup staff member was during my sophomore year when I was asked to cover a football game; the rest is history.

I stepped onto the field with no experience. I had no idea what to do, so I just started taking notes.

That night, Brophy defeated Chaparral at Camelback High School, I interviewed Mr. Scooter Molander, and my journalism career had begun.

Over the years, I’ve written a lot, but I am most grateful for the opportunity to interview so many students and faculty.

I still remember interviewing Mr. Lane McShane ’82 my sophomore year and him asking me the question “Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?”

I remember countless interviews with Mr. Molander.

I remember calling out the AIA for unjust stadium locations during playoffs.

I’ve talked to kids who were thrilled to have a conversation with me, and I’ve also talked to a few who didn’t.

I have been able to talk to football players after their best wins, but also after their worst losses.

I have been able to see students’ art, and hear their ideas.

I have tweeted from the @brophysports twitter account more times than I can count.

I have sent countless emails to students asking “can you meet at the Bronco fountain to interview?”

Words cannot express what journalism has meant to me over the last three years.

More than anything, I have learned the importance of journalism, and how it can affect society.

The current battle between the media and the White House is unprecedented, and it is something we as American citizens should take seriously.

I have written some fairly serious articles here at Brophy, and even I have received criticism. So to think about that at a national level is something we all should consider.

It is a journalist’s job to share news, fairly, to the public, even if everyone does not like it.

Without trying to get too political, take the media seriously, don’t let your political bias influence what you read. Read as much news as you can.

I have become a consumer of news, and because of that I am a more informed citizen, and I credit all of that to my time on this staff.