From Pencil to Press

Meeting Sally Silvers, Former Clayton High School Reporter
Sally Silvers reflects on time as a reporter for Clamo in the 60s, emphasizing family influence, community respect and the unique challenges and rewards of traditional newspaper production.
Sally Silvers reflects on time as a reporter for Clamo in the 60s, emphasizing family influence, community respect and the unique challenges and rewards of traditional newspaper production.
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As alumnus Sally Silvers flipped through her issues of the Clamo, she reminisced about her time on the newspaper staff. 

“I like[d] to write, so it just seemed to be a natural thing. Plus, I had an older brother who was very involved in the papers,” Silvers said. “I guess you’d say I role-modeled him, [and] my mother was so proud.” 

Silvers’ mother showed everybody her work. She began as a cheerleader but did not love it. So, it seemed natural for Silvers to head the newspaper route. 

Silvers as a teenager while on the Clamo. (Sally Silvers)

“When I looked [at] my yearbooks, the Globe is the cover of the yearbooks. So it’s been there forever, but we didn’t call it the Globe,” Silvers said.

When Silvers was on the newspaper in the 60s, she believed there was mutual respect between the community and the publication. 

“There was [a] give [and] take, and I think [the] writing students were taken seriously because you when you were part of the news team [and] weren’t working for a grade, Silvers said.

In the 60s, Silvers and the staff relied on a phototypesetting process to produce the news. 

“We had pieces of paper, and you pasted the thing. There [was] great satisfaction that we did it before all this modern stuff was available,” Silvers said. 

Silvers found gaining information for her stories much more difficult than it is now. The interview required Silvers to take notes while having the conversation.

“I was lucky because I was very chatty. At a young age, I could put people at ease [by] talking a lot and being natural. I was able to get people to talk,” Silvers said.

Being able to express her opinion, whether it was popular or not, gave Silvers a voice.

“I see the notes that I made on these things. I didn’t stay silent; it help[ed] develop being able to converse with people,” Silver said. 

She attributes her ease in interviewing to her parents’ involvement within the school. 

“When your parents are active in the school, your children are not treated differently. You are taken much more seriously because they know your family,” Silvers said.

Sally Silvers, current member Columbia Public Schools Foundation. (Sally Silvers)

Silvers is confident that being a part of the newspaper staff influenced the rest of her life. “Being comfortable writing is such an uncomfortable thing. I think it made a difference [for me],” Silvers said. 

Silvers believes that she and the 1960s staff set the stage for the future of the newspaper, now called the Globe. 

“There’s something about the good old days, it was just simple. was, you know, it’s it’s fun to reminisce about just the simple everyday things that we did,” said Silvers.

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Madeline Jeans
Madeline Jeans, Page Editor
Madeline is a junior and is a page editor this year for The Globe. This will be her second year as a staff member. She participates in Best Buddies, Community Service Club, Dance Marathon, STUCO, ALLin, swim, and track. Outside of school, she enjoys dancing and reading. She is looking forward to improving her writing and learning more about the Clayton Community this year.
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    Dr. MooreApr 16, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    How exciting and informational! Thank you for sharing. It is nice to see the then and the now. I also enjoyed the photos.

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    GraceApr 15, 2024 at 12:44 pm

    Fabulous story, and I love the graphic at the top!

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    Sean RochesterApr 15, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Bon job, Mademoiselle Jeans!