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Meet Corey Martin! GHS Journalism Teacher

Corey Martin grew up in the area and went to Auburn High School, followed by Green River Community College, before majoring in Human Geography at the Univ. of Washington. He then worked as a bartender and server, and got involved in freelance broadcast journalism and video editing. The exact day he started working at Garfield was October 1, 2010! A couple of years after that he began teaching journalism for The Messenger.

His top goal for The Messenger is to speak to and from the whole community, including GHS, the Central District and surrounding area. To that end, they would love feedback from a whole variety of readers. Please reach out at:

He encourages student journalists to tell other people’s stories. Seek out fresh perspectives in the community and remember, no story is too small. The human element is the most compelling way to connect to larger issues.

For writers, he reminds us that simplicity is always best. Get rid of clutter. And don’t be afraid to reach out for help and information from others. Gather as much information as you can on your topic, then use tools like outlines and note cards to physically organize it. Speak in your own voice.

His greatest joy in working with The Messenger has been to get to know students over the course of 3 or 4 years. This opportunity to build long-terms relationships has convinced him of the value of students working with individual faculty for extended periods. 

Enjoy The Messenger online here!: And look under the “More” tab for ways to support.