On Wednesday, 28 February, 9 students representing the editorial staff of The Wheatley Wildcat attended Press Day at Adelphi. Students were accompanied by Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts, our librarian and newspaper advisor. This annual event is an opportunity for High School students to learn more about Journalism, culminating with the Quill awards for outstanding work in the field by High School newspapers.
Wheatley’s Wildcat newspaper has won multiple awards over the years, but this year the format of the newspaper moved to an entirely online environment, which in turn created new challenges and opportunities. The staff of The Wildcat, led by Editors-In -Chief Karan Amin and Mara Zuckerman, are able to write articles and publish expediently, which makes the student paper more exciting and timely.
Adelphi began the event with a presentation about “Fake News” history and impact, followed by a panel discussion with journalism professors, magazine writers and publishers. The students then went to breakout sessions to discuss how the news and the structure of a school setting impact their own reporting.
The highlight of the day is the presentation of the Quill Awards, featuring 15 categories. Each school may enter up to six categories. The Wildcat entered the following categories:
- Best Online Newspaper: Karen Amin & Mara Zukerman, Eds. in Chief
- Most Outstanding Reporter: Camellia Yi
- Best Arts Review: Jacob Ribotsky
- Best Opinion Piece: Kenton Wu
- Best Feature: Abhishek Kumar
The staff was nervous as it was the first year that the paper was written exclusively online. The students were thrilled when it was announced that the Wildcat had been recognized with 2nd place for Best Online Newspaper.
The students probably should also have received an award for most creative; after lunch Kenton and Abhishek collected empty lunch boxes from all the students and created an impressive tower, much to the delight of all in attendance.
Read The Wildcat online at https://wheatleywildcat.org/
Congratulations to the students! Thanks to Mrs. Roberts for the write-up and photos!