Aidan Bush, Staff Writer – Wednesday, February 21, Lecanto High School [LHS]’s newspaper classes went on a field trip to the Citrus County Chronicle in Crystal River to learn more about how the journalistic process works for newspaper companies. During the field trip, Chronicle staff members explained the different aspects of creating a successful newspaper, from writing to delivery.
The Citrus County Chronicle has been around since the 1890’s, and had to adapt to many changes in the newspaper industry. One of the largest has only come in recent years, as commercial use of the internet has led the Chronicle to expand onto a website.
For some, the adjustment has been difficult, but having the articles online allows for many more people to read them.
“It’s a real culture shock because we’ve done things a certain way for so long,” said reporter Mike Bates.
Even though the Chronicle’s website has become increasingly popular over time, their physical newspapers are still doing quite well, averaging about 23,000 newspapers delivered daily.
Bates feels that the newspaper still does well in Citrus County because it is dedicated to covering what is happening in the community.
“We are local, that’s what makes the Chronicle tick,” said Bates.
All of the Chronicle’s newspapers as well as other newspapers are produced and packaged locally. The Chronicle has never missed a publication, and their printing press is capable of printing 30,000 newspapers in an hour.
The Chronicle also gets involved in helping both the community and the environment. Almost all the resources the Chronicle uses are recycle-friendly. They also want to begin a project to help raise awareness for drug abuse and people with mental illnesses.
Nancy Kennedy, reporter, felt it is important to give back to Citrus County residents, as the locals alone support the Chronicle.
“We’re heading up that project because we’re [all] about helping the community,” Kennedy said.
Learning more about the Chronicle furthered some students’ enthusiasm for news reporting.
“Journalism has always been something I’ve been passionate about and considered [as] a future career. Going to the Chronicle made me want to pursue a career in journalism even more,” said freshman Paige Daly.
Listening to the experts in the field allowed the students to bring something back to use in their journalistic endeavors.
“As one of the leaders of the LHS Panther Prowl newspaper, hearing about the methods by which actual journalists gather information has inspired me to implement that in the classroom,” senior Liam Wolfe said.
The trip was certainly an educational experience for the journalism classes of LHS.