We’ve compiled a list of spotlight interview and student life articles for a school magazine and instructions on how to write them:
Spotlight interview article
Interview a student or a group and write an article about them.
The best place to start for your spotlight interview is by first choosing a student, group, or other person to interview. If anything significant has happened at your school recently, it can be a good idea to contact the people or group involved. You can then interview them to shine some light on the recent events. Keep in mind that the topic may influence how your article is received. Some things may be controversial and will therefore receive a varying and unpredictable responses from certain groups of people.
If nothing of not has happened recently, you may choose to interview popular students, interesting teachers or faculty, or people you know that have outspoken opinions on certain topics. The important thing is to choose people that will have a lot to say when you ask them questions, so you will have enough information to write about.
Student life articles
The topics below mostly speak for themselves, but we’d like to give you some extra inspiration with a few tips on how to get started or keep writing when you’re stuck.
The most popular or best loved teams may be your go to for this article, but consider the lesser known teams as well. These may make for interesting articles because not many people know about the sport or have gotten to know the teams yet.
If you’re having trouble getting enough information to write about, consider asking questions like the ones below to get the players talking:
- When did you start practicing the sport and why?
- What is your favorite part about the sport your practice?
- Do you have any advice or tips for people that are interested in getting started?
- Do you have any heroes that practice the same sport? And if not, do you have any other heroes (not related to the sport) that inspire you? If so, what makes them your hero?
Consider your school’s lesser known teams.
While the chess club, mathletes and AV club (any stranger things fans?) may be the first clubs that pop into people’s minds when they think of school clubs, in reality there are many more. That’s why we recommend first doing some research before you settle on a club to write about. Look into what clubs are available at your school. You may even consider writing about some clubs that have few or no members. This may bring the clubs to the attention of students that are interested and breathe new life into otherwise ‘slow’ clubs. The best person to ask about this is usually the organizer of the club. In some cases it can also be a good idea to ask a member of the club, because people who are passionate about their hobby have the most to say and will provide a lot of information for you to write about.
Consider writing about clubs with few or no members.
Teachers can be valuable sources of information for a variety of topics. In this case you’ll want to look for information that students may find useful. Below you will find a few ideas that you can use as a starting point.
- Real life skills (a math teacher may give an example of when you would need math in ‘real life’, a gym teacher may help shed some light on the importance of this knowledge when you get older)
- Exams, papers, and due dates are unavoidable, but maybe there are a few teachers that are willing to share some extra tips, advice, or other information that may come in handy when the time comes.
- An education is a wonderful time for a young person, but it’s also very short. It may not feel that way when you’re smack dab in the middle of it though, so ask a teacher to share their own experiences going to school. What are some things they miss and/or would have done differently? Writing about these things may help some students improve their own experience at school and make the very best of it.
Writing about administrators can be tough, since their jobs usually entail things that don’t generally interest students. A good way to tackle this is by explaining what their job means for students. What would be missing from a student’s life if a particular administrator wasn’t around to do their tasks? Who schedules the subjects, manages the teachers, handles applications, and finances all the tuitions, field trips and events? Without schedules, the right teachers, new students, or budgets for activities, a school wouldn’t be able to function. The alternative? Students wouldn’t be students at all, but would probably be stuck at home doing chores or working full-time in the family business. This would considerably lower their prospect to ever become independent and lead their own lives.
What does an administrator’s job mean to a student?
While school changes seem like an easy addition to a school magazine, it’s still worth thinking about how to present them. Depending on what the changes are, you could show them as:
- a timeline for construction work,
- graphs for changing student demographics,
- or spotlight introduction for new students or teachers.
Apart from teachers and administrators, cafeteria staff is also an important part of student life. The people that feed you are often underrated. Get to know them and write a feature piece on each of the staff members. Have them share some memorable experiences from their own time at school. Another nice idea may be to ask them what their day looks like for a ‘day in the life’ piece.
A day in the life article is a fun way to introduce staff members to students.
Apart from sharing the menu and nutritional value of all the foods that can be found in the cafeteria, a fun idea may be to create and share a poll. If possible, have students use it to vote for foods they’d like to see on the menu. Make sure you’ll be able to make the changes go through if enough votes go in though!
Extra curricular activities
Many students choose to do extra curricular activities in order to get into good colleges. These types of activities also look good on resumes and can help a student make up for low grades. Not all students know about these reasons to do extra curricular activities. There may also be more reasons to do them. Writing about them is a great way to inform students about their benefits, as well as what kind of activities are available at your school.
Write about why extra curricular activities should matter to students.
Depending on how your school organizes field trips, you could create a poll for field trips, similar to our suggestion for cafeteria food. Instead of just choosing a field trip for the students and writing a description, you could also ask for a few available options from the organizers and let the students choose their own field trip.
Upcoming events and activities
A schedule is a good straightforward way to communicate upcoming events and activities in a school magazine. However, thinking outside the box may also yield some creative ways to share these dates. Below are a few options to start.
- A monthly calendar grid
- A linear timeline
- A circular schedule
School Magazine Page Examples
Get started on your school magazine! Log in to (or create) your free account, start your magazine, and click on ‘edit’ on any page. Add a text block to your page (or use a template) and use the tips above to start writing your student article. Invite classmates to edit their own pages and watch as your very own school magazine takes shape!