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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Film club producer Ethan Guan (11) and main actor Iris Fu (12) read out the films screenplay on March 5. It was a very low-stakes environment and we were just having fun with the script, Iris said.

Film Club prepares for production with screenplay read-through

by Mendy Mao, Assistant Copy Editor March 18, 2024

Cast and crew of Film Club’s short film “And I’ll Do It Again” met for a table read of the screenplay during long lunch on March 5 in Graduate’s Grove.  Director and screenplay writer Sophie...

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...

Kathleen Neumeyer, former adviser of the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle, introduces her book Advising the Chronicle: How I taught high school journalism students to run billion-dollar companies (and you can too). She presented the session, J-ism Is Training for Anything,” which emphasized how journalistic skills are applicable to a wide range of fields.

‘Training for Anything’: From Gaza to sports photography to video journalism

by Felix Chen, Katerina Matta, Aishani Singh, and Claire Yu October 14, 2023

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Harker Journalism staff members attended speaker sessions with experienced professionals and fellow high school students in the journalism field to learn how to improve their own journalistic...

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...

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....

The poster at the entrance of Nichols Atrium. 3-D and 2-D work occupied the majority of the downstairs floor and walls and 2-D work resided in the upstairs walls.

AP Art Exhibitions showcase works by 22 students

by Alison Yang and Alena Suleiman March 13, 2023

Nichols Atrium is typically an echoey cavern inhabited by backpacks, fish and the occasional robotics student. Yet over a rainy weekend, tan partitions half a story high begin to populate the area, a labyrinth...

Camera in hand, photographer Ben Green prepares to shoot a National Football League (NFL) game. Green works as the team photographer for the Buffalo Bills.

So you wanna be a sports photographer?

by Brandon Zau and Alena Suleiman November 11, 2022

Sports: one of the most ubiquitous and well-known forms of entertainment filled with action, tension and drama. But behind-the-scenes of each game and event is a dedicated group of people pursuing to capture...

Upper school mathematics teacher Caren Furtado observes several works of photography and art at the Artstravaganza exhibits. Campus art and writing exhibition Artstravaganza displayed student artwork and literature from the past year.

Artstravaganza arts and writing show exhibits student works and talent

by Alena Suleiman, Assistant A&E Editor May 7, 2022

A gingerly cut wooden butterfly perches on a black stand. A few feet away, crawling vines wrap around the neck of a glossy pine green vase. These are just some of the creations on display at Artstravaganza,...

Reporter Ella Yee (10) reviews photos taken of a table tennis match between Director of Journalism Ellen Austin and Winged Post Managing Editor Mark Hu (12). All periods of news-based journalism students engaged in action photography practice today.

Journalism classes practice action photography during class

by Edward Huang, Reporter October 6, 2021

Journalism students in all three news periods sharpened their photography skills today by shooting action photography of their classmates outside Nichols Hall during the second half of class. Sophomore...

Mark Murray speaks to Director of Journalism Ellen Austins seventh period Yearbook class yesterday regarding how to effectively organize coverage. During his presentation, he also gave tips on sports photography and suggested naming conventions to keep uploads organized.

Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors visits journalism classes

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor September 30, 2021

Mark Murray, Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors, visited the upper school yesterday to teach journalism students about photography techniques and offer advice and feedback...

South Berkeley photographer Orin Orie Rutchick came to speak on his work with Harker Journalism last Friday, Sept. 25. Rutchick presented photographs from both his earlier projects focusing on the landscape around him and from his most recent portraiture projects that feature the people of his neighborhood.

South Berkeley photographer speaks to members of Harker Journalism

by Emily Tan and Sarah Mohammed October 3, 2020

From inside a small black photo booth decorated on the outside with old-style, glossy photographs and a sign saying, “Free Pictures from 12 pm - 3 pm,” a woman traces a detailed and artistic black-and-white...

Director of Journalism Ellen Austin explains the fundamentals of DSLR photography to visiting journalism students from Summit High School. The Summit students arrived during lunch and stayed through third period, where they participated in a photo scavenger hunt with Harker students.

Harker journalism program hosts Summit High School journalists for photography class

by Arushi Saxena and Sara Yen March 2, 2020

Encapsulating a fairy tale aura, a colorful gnome figurine stands out in defined focus in contrast to the blurrier leafy surroundings, an effect produced by bokeh, the out-of-focus result in photos using...

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