The world of journalism is changing.

The challenges journalists face today are daunting. Sometimes, a journalist doesn’t know if he or she is going to wake up the next day, go to work, and the position he or she occupied is still available.

Perhaps that week-long furlough was moved to permanent status.

It’s widely understood that newspaper publishers are struggling due to an emphasis on online media and a struggling economy. No one knows if rock bottom has been reached.

I believe these are exciting times in journalism. The opportunity exists to make all the changes positive ones. A mentor once told me that newspaper writers are cops without the cuffs. The profession still has unbelievable power to shape a community and a city.
Cities still need a voice for the people.

As Scriptoria heads into its 33rd year in production, I can look back and be proud of the many accomplishments we, as a class, have experienced. More importantly, the students who journey through my advanced journalism class are completely prepared to handle the rigors and challenges of university life once their four years have concluded.

Please keep in mind that every article written, edited and published has been done by the students in my advanced journalism class who are learning the process of what it takes to produce a high-quality newsmagazine.

While my students strive for perfection, it’s inevitable that mistakes — grammatical, typos —will get missed. This is part of the process. I will not defend the mistakes my students make. I will, however, encourage any of Scriptoria’s readers to come join us during the editing process so that you can gain insight on what my students do on a weekly basis.

I always tell my students, “I am not here to recruit all of you into the world of journalism. I am here to prepare you to challenge your peers academically as you enter and begin to compete in a global economy.”

Readers, I encourage you to visit Any story that is published in Scriptoria is available online if you would like to post comments.

As I enter my fourth year in the castle, and 22nd year in the community, I continue to look forward to the many
challenges this publication will most
certainly offer.

That’s what makes this job fun.

Mr. Alex Navarro
Hanks graduate 1994

Scriptoria is the magazine of J.M. Hanks High School. KnightVision is the advanced broadcast class of J.M. Hanks High School. is the online high school publication.

The opinions expressed by the Hanks Media staff do not necessarily reflect those of J.M. Hanks High School or the Ysleta Independent School District.
Hanks Media follows the district and state guidelines established for student high school publications.

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All Scriptoria articles and KnightVision broadcast packages appear on Scriptoria highly encourages students, faculty, staff and members of the of the J.M. Hanks High School community to contribute to its publication and broadast. A comments section proceeds all articles online. Once your comment has posted, an email will follow either confirming or rejecting your post. The adviser reserves the right to reject any comment deemed inappropriate. Letters to the Editor can be mailed to:
J.M. Hanks High School
2001 Lee Trevino
El Paso, TX 79936

ON-LINE is a digital version of the print magazine and broadcast department and is updated daily with web-exclusive stories and photographs.

Scriptoria was recognized as the best newspaper in the State of Texas from 1994-2001, 2004.  It was established on March 16, 1981.  This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Scriptoria.

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