Bark adviser to change

Blake Alm

Next year, for the first time since 2000, the Bark will welcome a new adviser.

Erin Schneider, who is completing her first year as a teacher at Redwood, will assume her responsibilities for the journalism program at the outset of the summer.

Schneider worked as the manager of her newspaper while a student at Central Michigan University. After graduating, she received her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to teach journalism at a school in southern Philadelphia.

Former adviser Tom Sivertsen has supervised the nationally-recognized program for the last 14 years – a span notably marked by the creation of the program’s website, and the Evolving Media Class which specializes in digital content.

Sivertsen said that the journalism program has gone through extensive technological changes since 2000. At that time, the paper was still being put together with exacto knives and wax, creating ten black and white pages every month. Today, the program is completely digital, with a stronger focus on photography, video, multimedia, social media, and data gathering.

During Sivertsen’s term, the Bark has been recognized with four National Scholastic Press Pacemaker awards.

“Advising the Bark has been one of the highlights of my teaching career, because of the variety of challenges that highly motivated students bring to the game,” Sivertsen said.