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Teran Malone Is The Future of Journalism

July 11, 2018
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

With enthusiastic and determined individuals such as Teran Malone, it would be safe to say the future of journalism is in capable hands.

Malone is looking to his senior year at Magnolia High School, and he will return for his fourth and final year to the school's journalism program.

Malone said his passion for journalism began to grow after his freshman year when he and his journalism adviser decided to expand the program. From there, Malone has continuously grown as a journalist.

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"I'm always informing people on what's going on, no matter what type of an event," stated Malone. "Many people find it surprising that my focus or my stories are not always the same. I cover many different events across the area and across the state. I have a different variety in my stories whether it's sports, community events, or breaking stories. I believe that's what surprises people."

Malone plans to broaden his extracurricular horizons as he participates in his senior year of high school.

He noted he plans to join the Blue Eagles' football and baseball teams. However, he noted that journalism would always be a passion.

"I've established some plans throughout the entire school year to keep reporting, for some situations it would be before an event, or sometimes after. I'm not saying goodbye throughout the school year; I'm continuing on in a different way."

And after he closes the doors on his academic career as a Blue Eagle, Malone hopes Magnolia's journalism program will continue.

"I see the program expanding within the next few years. Myself and our journalism adviser have established so many things at Magnolia for the past two years, but for the future there is talk of radio broadcasting and a few other spectacular ideas. I may not be a part of the program when the time comes, but helping expand the program means so much to me."

For his future, Malone hopes to attend West Virginia University or Marshall University to major in Journalism.

"Without journalism, I wouldn't be who I am today. I've won so many awards for my outstanding work for our communities, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon," Malone said.

Malone touched on journalists' work, for their communities. He noted, "Our job as journalists is to build a better bond in the community and keeping the people informed on what's going on, no matter where they may be."

Malone noted one misconception folks have about the industry is, "Many people believe what we do as journalists is easy, but in reality, it isn't. Most time is spent before and after these events, preparing for the story and discuss the story with hundreds of people across the area."

Despite the challenges that come with the job, Malone has reaped some benefits. In May, he received the Youth Leadership award at the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards event. In conjunction with this title, he was the recipient of a $500 scholarship from the New Martinsville Lions Club.

Malone has also garnered the satisfaction that comes with delivering the news - good news. He described his most favorite event coverage as being the 2018 state track meet, which the Magnolia boys team won.

"I traveled with the team to Charleston to cover the Magnolia track team. The enthusiasm the track team had was absolutely amazing, no one could take that from them."

Malone said as soon as the team arrived in Charleston, he knew Magnolia had a great opportunity to come back to New Martinsville with another state title. Malone said he was providing "many people back home with full coverage of the event from start to finish."

"After the Magnolia boys track team won the state meet, I felt I got closer with the community with all the positive feedback from everyone. At the end of the day, that's what it is all about - making people happy."



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