'Do something good for me' by Rish Basu

One of the most exciting opportunities I received during my time as a journalist, this story ended up being one of the best I have ever worked on. I completely engaged myself with this story as someone who's always looking for a story to tell. Misty McBride was one of the 12 Dallas Police officers shot in the July shootings, and I immediately took the opportunity when I had the chance to tell her story. Instead of following a fact-quote format, I decided to take a different route and use a very few number of quotes to tell McBride's experience on that night in July. I knew that after a two-hour interview with very detailed questions, I was going to be able to follow this format while keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

This story was given a first place award in our school's literary festival contest in non-fiction writing by renowned authors and poets: novelist Tobias Wolff, slam poet Taylor Mali and journalists Eliza Griswold and Jake McAuley.

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The man he's become by Rish Basu

For the February magazine, which was centered around how our school develops men of character, I told the story of the man on campus — headmaster David Dini. Once again, I had to undergo an incredibly thorough interviewing, writing and editing process, but it was all worth it. I gained an incredible insight into what makes David Dini the man he is today. Although this story was longer than usual, I knew that not many students would know about Dini's life story — a story that consists of tragedy, perseverance and success.

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"We're getting used to violence" by Rish Basu

According to my parents and teachers who are a part of the previous generation, the concept of mass shootings was almost unheard of. Now, incidents of gun violence are so common that members of my generation are now becoming accustomed to its occurrences. So, for the November issue of Focus, l wanted to convey how this generation has become somewhat desensitized to violence and how it can establish a legacy that is released from the shackles of continued violence and discrimination.

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Breaking the mold by Rish Basu

As a junior, I was given the opportunity to write a story for the October 2015 issue of Focus — which centered around the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. David Muñoz '12, who had a tough time revealing his sexuality in high school, had a story to tell. Writing the story from only the perspective of Muñoz, I tried to convey to the reader what it's like to struggle with your sexuality and the happiness Muñoz experienced on the day of the Supreme Court ruling.

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