Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Less than a month ago, history teacher Eric Zwemer passed away after nearly three decades of teaching. His death caused immense grief and pain in our community and was followed by a period of deep reflection. His students thought about their last interactions with him. His colleagues remembered their last conversations. Those who didn’t know […]

Chronicle reaches finals in competition

The Chronicle moved on to the final round of the First Amendment Press Freedom Award competition, which is presented to a school that supports the First Amendment through its student media. The Chronicle was one of seven publications in the U.S. selected as a finalist. When the “Right on Point” podcast was published in September, […]

Student publications win national awards

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association named the Chronicle as a finalist for the Gold Crown in its 2015-16 News Hybrid Critique for print and digital publications. Results were released in an email Sept. 28. Winners will be announced in in March. The Chronicle received a total score of 984 points out of 1000 possible, earning All-Columbian Honors […]

Jim Burns: Communications

Jim Burns: Communications

New Chronicle and Big Red adviser Jim Burns has joined the Communications department this school year, replacing Melissa Wantz. Initially intending to pursue broadcast journalism, Burns attended the University of Southern California and received his Masters of Arts for Broadcast Journalism with a focus on ethnographic film. He gradually switched into print journalism, working in […]

Chronicle releases new iPhone app

Chronicle releases new iPhone app

The Chronicle released its new iPhone app this week. Clinton Grusd ’95, who founded the technology company Wermz, offered to develop the app. Wermz is a technology platform that develops news apps quickly and cheaply. “We didn’t want to take away from the paper, but wanted to enhance it,” Grusd said. “We plugged the site […]

Chronicle adviser to depart

Upper school Communications Department Head and Chronicle adviser Melissa Wantz is leaving her position after one year. Former journalist and adviser to The Occidental Weekly at Occidental College Jim Burns has been hired to oversee the program next year. Wantz taught three sections of journalism classes, advised the quarterly sports magazine Big Red and served […]

Chronicle wins national publication awards

The Chronicle received the highest publication awards from two national scholastic press associations in March and April. The National Scholastic Press Association named the Chronicle website an Online Pacemaker winner in the small schools division at the annual spring convention in Los Angeles April 16. There were 50 finalists named overall, with 14 winners in […]

Student journalists speak at conference

Members of the Chronicle staff spoke at the Jewish Scholastic Press Association’s conference Feb. 25. Staff members presented journalism techniques to Jewish high school journalism students from across the country at B’nai David-Judea synagogue. They talked about the Chronicle website, HWTV and issues of the newspaper. “I thought it went really well,” Benjamin Most ’16 […]

Melissa Wantz: Communications

Melissa Wantz will make the commute from Ventura County to Harvard-Westlake each day to lead the upper school communications department, serve as the Chronicle and Big Red adviser and teach journalism classes. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and received her master’s in English literature […]

Connecting in new ways

Connecting in new ways

Every year we hear that journalism is a dying profession. Even though our traditional 32-page print paper has set the standard for high school journalists across the country, the time has come to accept that much of our readership would rather receive news through other media . Last year, the Chronicle staff breathed life into […]

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