The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

As journalists, one of our primary goals is to honor the people we report on. If we omit compassion, our articles lose life and color, and we fail to do justice to their stories. 

Editor’s Note: Empathy in subjectivity

by Alena Suleiman, Aquila Co-Editor-in-Chief May 22, 2024

Deliver the facts, maintain neutrality. There exists a flawed perspective that journalists should strive for objectivity when reporting the news. Yet objectivity gives the impression of detachment and...

Harker journalism members stand in front of the library in Columbia university. They attended the CSPA convention for three days.

Harker Journalism staff tours and triumphs at 100th New York CSPA Spring Convention

by Felix Chen and Vika Gautham March 16, 2024

NEW YORK — Twenty Harker journalism staff attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association 100th annual Spring Convention at Columbia University in New York from March 13 to 15.  1599 participants...

Introduction to Journalism student Sarah Wang (9) captures fellow classmates Emma Lee (9) and Victoria Li (9) jumping midair. During photographer Mark Murray’s visit, students practiced shooting action photos and capturing motion.

Professional photographer guides journalism students through creating photo stories

by Jessica Hu and Mendy Mao March 6, 2024

Harker Journalist-in-Residence and Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors Mark Murray gave photography tips to Introduction to Journalism classes and guided them through...

Supporters of Palestine gather in front of Stanfords Memorial Church on Oct. 20. Individuals of Israeli and Palestinian descent nationwide protested in response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Israel-Gaza conflict brings light to impact of Western media strategy

by Hima Thota and Vika Gautham January 30, 2024

The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict enforced divisions between individuals of Israeli and Palestinian descent. Following Oct. 7, major U.S. news sources constructed entire sections towards recent developments,...

Mountain View High Schools The Oracle Editor-in-Chief Hanna Olson responds to a question during a live interview at the JEA NorCal Media Day. The [administration] I believe fundamentally was in violation of our rights to publish what we want, what we can legally as a publication,” Hanna said.

‘To publish what we want to publish’: Mountain View High School journalism censorship

by Vika Gautham, Katerina Matta, and Aishani Singh October 14, 2023

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Editor-in-Chief Hanna Olson, of The Oracle, Mountain View High School’s student news publication, discussed the recent controversy surrounding student press censorship at their paper...

Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and Harker Journalist-in-Residence Mark Murray points out sports photography basics to journalism students Sid Sanghari (11) and Michelle Wei (12) on Sept. 27. Students practiced taking photos at different locations on campus including Nichols and Davis Field.

“What makes a great photo?”: Mark Murray visits upper school journalism classes

by Katerina Matta, Disha Gupta, and Alison Yang October 12, 2023

Association of Texas Photography Instructors Executive Director and Harker’s Journalist-in-Residence Mark Murray offered photography advice and reviewed portfolios with upper school journalism students...

Introduction to Journalism studemts listen as Kuhlmeier shares her perspective on fighting for her First Amendment rights as a high school journalist. Prior to Kuhlmeiers visit, Introduction to Journalism students studied court cases like Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier to learn about freedom of speech and the press. (Provided by Kevin Oliver)

Be the change: Cathy Kuhlmeier discusses Supreme Court case, teaches Journalism students about press freedom

by Mendy Mao, Charlize Wang, and Ella Yee September 28, 2023

Former plaintiff Cathy Kuhlmeier spoke to Introduction to Journalism classes over Zoom about her experience fighting for student press freedom in the landmark Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier...

Harker Journalism staff members and advisers pose for a photo in front of the Quad mural during Editors Week. TALON, Humans of Harker, Harker Aquila and Winged Post staff met to bond as a team and prepare their publications for the upcoming school year.

Behind the bylines: Harker journalism staff gears up for year ahead with Editors’ Week

by Kinnera Mulam, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief August 26, 2023

39 Harker Journalism staff members, Director of Journalism Whitney Huang and Yearbook Adviser Kevin Oliver attended Editors’ Week from Aug. 8-11 in the journalism room to prepare for the 2023-24 school...

Meet your teacher: Ace of all trades

Meet your teacher: Ace of all trades

by Aryana Bharali and Tiffany Chang May 1, 2023

Cross country athletes surround Kevin Oliver as he reviews techniques and invigorates them with advice for an upcoming competition. His expertise as a runner enables him to devise proper strategies...

Corning-Painted Post High School Yearbook Adviser Mike Simons shows another journalism adviser how to access the live view of a photographs histogram levels. Simons and Clint Smith led the Digital Photography workshop together.

Journalists explore Union Square through JEA photography workshop

by Steven Jiang, Katelyn Zhao, Michelle Wei, and Hima Thota April 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — High school journalists attended the Digital Photography Workshop taught by Michael Simons and Clint Smith, yearbooks advisers based in New York and Texas, on Thursday from 8:30 a.m....

Tourists and locals walk along the sidewalks of the Tenderloin, taking in the warm afternoon weather and crowded streets. Harker journalism staff members attended the Spring JEA/NSPA Convention in the Tenderloin district from Thursday to Saturday.

“The best the city has to offer”

by Desiree Luo and Ananya Sriram April 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — “Turn right, don’t turn left.” Security guards stand outside of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and repeat these words as guests exit the doors, according to San Francisco...

Stories in motion: Students attend broadcast workshop at JEA convention

Stories in motion: Students attend broadcast workshop at JEA convention

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor April 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — High school student journalists sharpened writing, film and edit skills in the “Advanced Broadcast and Video Boot Camp” at the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention...

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