20 Things I Learned From MDO

Cara Smith

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Senioritis 2017
April 7, 2017

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I have been a member of the Madison Dodger Online staff for the past three years. As my high school career comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the time I spent in journalism. Here are some of the things I learned along the way.


  1. How to work as a team
  2. How to proofread yours and other people’s work
  3. KB loves pugs
  4. How to convey serious topics with tact
  5. How to stay impartial while covering important issues
  6. The importance of having a good title
  7. Even after three years, I am terrible at writing captions
  8. Although the Mac computers in the journalism room look nice, they barely function
  9. No printer will ever function correctly in the journalism room
  10. KB loves receiving pictures of pugs
  11. If you talk about your articles to friends people will read them
  12. How to properly conduct an interview
  13. How to be respectfully nosy
  14. What ‘secret snowflake’ is
  15. How it feels to be part of a publication
  16. How to write a staff bio for yourself
  17. KB will be the best teacher you ever have
  18. How to make a google map
  19. The people who do journalism are really great
  20. High school really isn’t so bad after all


I want to thank Ms. Bergen and the whole staff of MDO for giving me such a positive outlet for the last three years. I wish the best of luck to all the future staff of MDO. I have learned so much and completely enjoyed every part of it. I will never forget to cherish my time spent in A2.