About Us

 

Harvard-Westlake Upper School Publications

Harvard-Westlake Upper School serves approximately 870 students in grades 10-12 with seven publications or programs:

      • The Chronicle, founded in 1991, with 1,500 copies printed eight times a year
      • Chronicle Online, founded in 2005, updated daily during the school year
      • Big Red, a sports magazine founded in 2007, with 500 copies printed four times a year
      • Panorama, a long-form news magazine founded in 2017, with 500 copies printed four times a year
      • HWTV, a live-event student broadcast founded in 2013, with weekly programming
      • Chronicle Podcast Network founded in 2017, featuring political, sports and popular-culture offerings
      • Vox Populi, a 280-page yearbook, distributed in May

 

Mission

Our mission is to provide the Harvard-Westlake community of students, staff, alumni and parents with accurate, responsible, thought-provoking and timely journalism.

Awards

The publications have been honored locally, and at the state and national levels. They have won 13 Gold Crowns, eight Silver Crowns, have been finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker 16 times and have won five Pacemakers. The Chronicle is in the High School Journalism Hall of Fame.

Memberships

The publications are members of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, the Journalism Education Association, the Southern California Journalism Education Association, Quill & Scroll, and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Policies

Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the seniors on the Editorial Board.  The Chronicle considers letters to the editor of 200 words or less in response to published articles. They must be signed and may be edited for space or to conform to Chronicle style and format. The student editorial review board decides all editorial content, including whether to publish letters. Submissions can be mailed to the Chronicle office or submitted through the contact form on our Opinion page.

Comments on articles are moderated, and those determined by editors to be crude, overly mean-spirited or that serve primarily as personal attacks will be deleted. The Editorial Review Board, made up of senior editors and a faculty adviser, make decisions on content.

As a student-run publication, we strive for accuracy and transparency. Corrections to online articles are made as soon as we become aware of them and readers are notified through an editor’s note. Corrections in our newspaper and magazine are listed in the next issue.

Students who are not on staff are welcome to contact us about submitting original content for consideration, including guest articles, opinions, photographs and video. The news value of submissions is given careful thought by editors, so contacting us in advance is recommended.

We offer a limited number of opportunities to advertise in our print edition of The Chronicle. Ads that are judged appropriate for our high school community may be accepted. As with all content, student editors make final decisions. Publication of an advertisement does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the newspaper or the school. To inquire about placing an ad, please use the contact form found on our Advertise page.

Information on home delivery of the print editions of The Chronicle (8 times a year) or Big Red(4 times a year) can be found on our Subscribe page.

History

The student newspaper has a long history of freedom, operating since 1991 with no prior review and not a single instance of censorship.

Former Head of School Tom Hudnut, who called for a school journalism program in 1991 when the Harvard School for Boys merged with the Westlake School for Girls, told the Los Angeles Times in 2013 upon his retirement:

“It has been said that the responsibility of the press is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and sometimes when our student journalists have jabbed and poked, it has made us a little uncomfortable,” he said. “But that’s the role of the press, and I have defended this paper, and it has been chosen the best high school paper in the country numerous times. I’m very proud of them.”

Ethical Service

Student journalists are expected to adhere to a code of ethics set forth by the National Scholastic Press Association. These principles are:

    • Be responsible
    • Be fair
    • Be honest
    • Be accurate
    • Be independent
    • Minimize harm
    • Be accountable

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