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Editors’ note: Taking things local

Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

by Prameela Kottapalli and Katherine Zhang

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Last issue, we made a big change to the look of our newspaper we said goodbye to our old broadsheet format. And thanks to much of the positive feedback we received after Issue 3, that change is here to stay. But in the long run, we’re still moving to improve the content of the newspaper and for that, we need you.

In the last few years, the Winged Post has expanded to include broader topics, from international news to climate change. But what lies at the core of our mission is the school community — the faculty, staff and students that walk our halls every day. We’ve realized that there is so much more that we can do to better represent our campus, and we’ve begun this step of the redesign with this issue.

On Jan. 30, every member of our staff from first-year reporter to senior editor came together to cover a Day in the Life of Harker. As an initiative to represent more community voices, we covered each class period, each minute of lunch, each passing period and each after-school activity. It was a project that not only brought our staff together, but also emphasized how much further we have to go when it comes to capturing the diversity of experiences within our campus.

Moving forward, we intend to become a more inclusive paper. And to turn our intentions into change, we need your suggestions, your ideas, your thoughts, and while you can always email us at [email protected], we hope to receive more hands-on feedback through focus groups.

Within the next month, we’ll be inviting multiple groups of community members to join the discussion on how we can improve our paper. These conversations will help fuel the next steps of our redesign, and we will implement what we learn from you into our later issues.

And so, the next step of our redesign is the most important one because it involves you. We can’t wait to take the Winged Post to new heights with your input.

This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on February 20, 2019.

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