Tokay High School journalism teacher Roger Woo honored by state association
Roger Woo, left, accepts the California Journalism Educators Association Lifetime Achievement Award from former student Eric Johnston on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Johnston today is the publisher of the Modesto Bee.
- Journalism teacher known for ‘Wooisms’
Roger Woo's humor and outlandish language left his students with delightful memories of "Wooisms."
They recalled some of his catch phrases:
"... Like a big dog" — a phrase denoting an aggressive, grown-up approach to student journalism. For example: "Walk into that school board meeting like a big dog." or when challenging a student to give up a bland or shy approach to a story: "Write it like a big dog."
"Holy Lodi ..." — a reminder that journalists must keep their audience in mind. For instance, "Holy Lodi, we can't run that (revealing) photo." Or "Holy Lodi, that (feature on a remarkable Tokay High student) was a great story."
They recalled his admonitions to take pride in their work and accept professional judgments. For instance he often said, "Journalism is the watch dog of freedom."
And when they complained about the amount of green ink he scribbled when critiquing their work, Woo reminded them, "Green is the color of hope."
And they loved that "The Coach" always brought them Chinese food on newspaper and yearbook deadline nights. Said one:
"We put them out on noodles and grease."
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am
Tokay High School journalism adviser Roger Woo received a lifetime achievement award Wednesday from the California Journalism Education Coalition and a group of former students.
The award was presented at a faculty meeting, which provided principal Erik Sandstrom a teaching moment and Woo yet another chance to clown around.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am.