On the surface, Joe Malone is like any other teenage boy. He enjoys watching Saturday Night Live, reading and playing the guitar. But what sets the East Islip High School junior apart from the rest is the combination of three things: his desire to write, his interest in music and his passion for justice.
Joe, 17, is the editorial assistant for the music section of his school’s newspaper, The Broadcaster and he will be the copy editor in the upcoming school year.
“I started being interested in writing around sophomore year.” Joe wrote in an email. “Cameron Crowe’s film, Almost Famous and Chuck Klosterman’s book, Killing Yourself to Live, inspired me toward writing and interested me in journalism.”
These two writers became some of his favorite authors as Joe further explored the non-fictional side of the world. It wasn’t too far from there that Joe found his calling.
Joe had already been playing the guitar for a couple of years when he started to write for the music section of “The Broadcaster.” He soon found that he much preferred printed journalism to broadcast.
“The aforementioned Chuck Klosterman is a journalist, and he was influential, and the aforementioned Cameron Crowe was a journalist.” Joe said, adding that he prefers news reports with an entertaining edge. “I also admire people who present the news in a comedic or satirical way such as Bill Maher or Seth Meyers because I feel they present it in a more honest manner.”
He also finds the work of Conan O’Brien the kind of comedy that’s a sincere reflection of society.
His passion for truth is a part of his personality, like the side of Joe that shows a clear sense of right and wrong. He’s saddened by racism, poverty, suicide, and believes warfare is idiotic and unnecessary.
“It angers me how many lives have been ruined or lost and how much money has been wasted on this war in the Middle East,” Joe said with a sigh, referring to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I’m glad it is slowly starting to change.”
His words reveal both his personality and the way he views the world, showing his compassion, logic, and confidence in his opinions.
Joe said he’s looking forward to learning more journalism skills at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.
“I’m looking forward to gaining experience and learning new writing techniques that will greatly help if I decide to pursue journalism,” said Joe, who dreams of becoming a writer for either Rolling Stone or Spin. “I have been considering pursuing journalism after high school. This course will help secure this decision.”