Editors’ note: Welcome to the paper!

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Eric Fang (12) and Gloria Zhang (12) are the editors in chief for the 2019-2020 Winged Post newspaper.

by Eric Fang and Gloria Zhang

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As we head into the new year, we aim to stay true to our value of constant improvement by reflecting on our role in the Harker community and ways that we can better serve this role.  

In our redesign last year, we began a new generation of a design-forward newspaper centered on in-depth reporting. We reduced the number of news briefs in the paper and doubled down on news and feature stories that investigated local, national and global issues impacting our community. Along the same lines, we are kicking off Winged Post Volume 21 with an interconnected staff structure between all our publications Winged Post, Harker Aquila, Humans of Harker and TALON—that will improve the ways in which we deliver news to the staff and student body.

As part of our goal of being a forward-thinking visual newspaper, Winged Post will emphasize strong story-telling through the confluence of traditional writing, infographics, illustrations and more. ”

Our first step to integrated content began this issue, where a couple of articles were published on Harker Aquila before their release in Winged Post. We are setting the stage for future issues of the paper where articles will be published online before they are published in print. Not only will this system help ensure our coverage is as timely as possible, the articles in Winged Post will be able to explore issues in greater depth while advancing our vision for innovative communication. As part of our goal of being a forward-thinking visual newspaper, Winged Post will emphasize strong story-telling through the confluence of traditional writing, infographics, illustrations and more. 

To release this newspaper during the first week of school, editors have been working for the past few weeks to write and design a robust first issue of the paper packed with topics that affect all of us. Going forward, we strive to provide our readers with more voices from our community and more topics that reflect the passions of our audience. 

To any new readers, we hope that you will come to think of our role in the student body as providing a voice to all in our community. If you are still considering your extra period option, we invite you to join the journalism program and explore the world of news or yearbook. 

As always, we love to hear from our readers. For future issues, we plan to invite a few of you to critique the paper and give us meaningful feedback on how you think Winged Post can be improved. In addition, we welcome all suggestions, comments and opinions in-person or through our email, [email protected]