Eve Neumann: Fueling the people’s voice

Amelia Semple 
Northport High School

Eve Neumann has always loved expressing herself through the written word. But she says that creative writing didn’t feel right to her, and she was never able to finish her stories. Then she discovered journalism and everything fell into place.

 A rising junior at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, she discovered journalism during her sophomore year in The First Take Journalism Program, which she attended every Saturday last fall. She now uses what she learned by writing for her school paper, The Murrow Network. Her beat is the student body. Some major pieces that she has written have covered how couples were dealing with social distancing, a school trip to Italy before the pandemic, and the aftermath of Murrow’s drama director deciding to cast an African-American based show “color-blind.”  

When Eve started writing she said she was able to create a connection with the student body at Murrow because of her easy-going personality, respectful behavior and positive attitude.     

Many of the pieces she has written have received more views and positive feedback than other stories in the paper. When asked why, Eve said, “My personality comes through with the questions I ask and the people that I interview, and that helps develop the story from there.”

Eve’s mother, Noreen Neumann, said “She is very friendly and outgoing. She is just a good kid, she likes everything. She enjoys life, ”

When Eve isn’t working on the paper she is dabbling in creative writing. She wrote one short story that was featured in a book published by her school. Eve also likes playing the piano and listening to all types of music. 

She applied to the Stony Brook University’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists after learning about it from her journalism teacher Scott Menscher. Her mother, Noreen, was especially happy that she was accepted because so many programs have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

“I would usually have camp, so this is perfect,” Eve said.

During her week with the Greene Team, Eve said, “I hope to improve my writing, I also hope to learn more about broadcast journalism, and also make friends along the way.”

The institute is a first step towards her dreams of a future career in journalism. “I see myself as a journalist right now, but I need to learn more about it first,” said Eve.

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