The editor of the high school newspaper likes to write satire
“Congress realizes its error in its ways, certifies Trump to serve a second term.” This is the kind of writing that YJ Si likes to write: satire.
The elder from Westview High School discovered his writing talent in fourth grade, and he’s continuing.
“In terms of writing, my best talent is in comedy writing,” Si said.
Beginning as a reporter in his school newspaper, The Nexus, Si has covered education, politics and written opinion pieces, but humor remains a constant.
“What attracts me about satire is that it’s entertaining, but you can still make sense of it,” the 16-year-old said.
His adventure in satirical writing began when he read an article on Jeff Bezos, written in the style of “1984” by George Orwell.
A common refrain in the room was “Bezos is watching,” a reference to a recurring line in the book: “Big Brother is watching. Si often turns to his team members and American politics for satirical matters.
“Senate acquits large, green, scary radioactive monster amid calls for unity” is his favorite (with his article on Congress certifying Trump for a second term).
For Si, the beauty of satire lies in its ability to “take the seriousness out of a difficult subject,” but its approach to journalism isn’t just fun.
“The most appealing part of journalism to me is that I feel like I am making a difference,” he said.
Si also finds pleasure and beauty in music.
He has been playing the violin since fourth grade, a foray into music that began with piano lessons abandoned years before.
“It’s kind of cathartic,” Si said of the play.
Si can also exercise other forms of creativity as the new editor of The Nexus – from story editing to page design – even creating the logo for the top of the front page of the newspaper.
Nonetheless, he is dedicated to improving his writing skills and looks forward to the instruction and inspiration that will come from his participation in UT’s Community Journalism Fellowship program, as well as the opportunity it offers. interact with professionals who produce daily journalism.
“I meet people who inspire me every day,” Si said.
Neve Walker is a member of UT’s Community Journalism Scholarship Program for High School Students.