Bisignano, Farrell, and O’Grady to Join EHS Aztlan as Freshman Reporters

Extensive experience on Matador Messengers staff allows them to fast forward onto Aztlan staff.


Photo Courtesy of Analiz Zavala

Three Matador Messenger staff members will be joining The Aztlan, Esperanza High School’s newspaper as freshman, a privilege reserved for only experienced student journalists.

Corey Bisignano, Matador Messenger Sports Editor, James Farrell, Matador Messenger Editor in Chief, Corrine O’Grady, Matador Messenger Photo Editor, will be able to skip beginning journalism classes at Esperanza and instead work “independently”, researching and writing and meeting with Mrs. Meghann Callaghan , Aztlan student advisor, periodically.  

Both Esperanza High School and Bernardo Yorba Middle School publish daily using the web-based School Newspapers Online (SNO) service, each reaching worldwide audience.

The Matador Messenger began publication in 2012, and has since published  2,107 articles ranging from worldwide news, campus events, Kickstarter profile’s, sports, features, and S.T.E.M. It is the first SNO publication in P.Y.L.U.S.D, and the first SNO middle school publication in Orange County.

The Aztlan began its publication in 1973 as a print paper and added the SNO format in 2016. It continues to produce a print version of the paper quarterly.

In an interview with the Matador Messenger, James Farrell, Editor in Chief, stated, “Over my two years on the Matador Messenger Staff, I have written 30 articles. Last year I feel my best article was ‘Hurricane Matthew Devastates North Carolina,” and this year so far my best would have to be “Chemical Fires Leave Texas Residents Worrying About Toxicity’.”

In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Corrine O’Grady, Photo Editor,  stated, “I applied to be a reporter for the Aztlan because I have enjoyed being a reporter for the Matador Messenger and I think it would be fun to be on a high school newspaper staff.”

“Some challenges are getting into a routine of writing. Some rewards are being able to see the comments and feedback along with being heard on the loudspeaker,” stated Corey Bisignano, Sports Editor, in an interview with the Matador Messenger.

Students at Esperanza interested in journalism and writing for the school newspaper must complete at least one year of beginning journalism before being accepted on to the staff.

“Students who were involved in BYMS Matador Messenger are able to directly join EHS The Aztlan staff because they have been given a strong foundation in the journalistic process,” according to Mrs. Meghann Callaghan, Aztlan Advisor,  in an interview with the Matador Messenger.

Having freshman trained in writing and publishing on the SNO platform is a huge plus, according to Callaghan.

“It is very helpful to our high school publication to have freshmen who know how to research, interview, edit and design their own articles from the start of the school year,” Callaghan, added.