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Spectrum - January 8, 2016

Off Deadline: When journalism is personal: Gunn newspaper shares life's crises

by Jay Thorwaldson

Journalism education usually focuses on mechanics of "news" and putting together a tightly written fact-based story, along with occasional feature articles, descriptive "color stories" and a few other types of on-deadline writing.

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Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at He also writes periodic blogs at


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm

This is a great column and hopefully the stories foster a support group for others at Gunn to express themselves. Since all of the recent suicides have been male, it would be extremely useful to have stories from their perspectives.

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Posted by Joy
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm

"Changing the Narrative" was so inspiring to read! The Oracle has done an insightful, inspiring piece of journalism. I have had the honor of seeing a lot of these kids grow up before me at Terman from 6th grade on, and I could not be any more proud of Lisa Hao. She was honest, spoke from her heart and opened her soul for all to see. The secret to a happier life? "Always check in with myself," some advice we could all learn from. Thanks for posting this excellent article in the Weekly. I hope there are more to come. And thanks to The Oracle for continuing to share experiences we can all learn from.

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Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Lisa Hao is such an inspiration! Major depressive disorder is an illness like many others such as asthma or neuromuscular diseases. With proper treatment, "flare-ups" are shorter and less severe. One in five people have illnesses of the mind, yet many people do not seek treatment and suffer so greatly as a result. Thank you, Lisa for speaking so openly. Your voice will save lives. Sending you much love.

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