This past spring, the Spokesman Upper School newspaper student journalists jumped into action online when Princeton Day School switched to Panthers Online. The successful transition to a digital Spokesman format was led by Editors in Chief Anjali Bhatia '21, Katie Jain '21 and Madison Sings '21, in conjunction with faculty advisors Dr. Michael Friedman and Amy Matlack.
As Princeton Day School continues through its phased re-opening this September, the Spokesman is off and running with its online presence, providing weekly digital news and features written by students and geared towards their peers. The Spokesman will resume its monthly print edition this October as well.
Current features in the Online Spokesman include:
- An Opinion Piece on PDS' Response to the BLM Movement
- Updates on What Fall Sports Will Look Like this Year
- PDS' Thoughts on the Coming Election
- Creations by Resident Artists Over the Summer
- How the PDS Community Spent its Summer
- The Weekly Quiz: "What club should you join based on your favorite shows?"
- A new playlist created and shared by Lila Pechter '21
In addition to maintaining the usual flow of weekly stories, co-Editor-in-Chief Katie Jain recognizes an additional important role that the Spokesman will play this fall: staying on top of breaking news and current events.
"There are a lot of really important issues that are being addressed both nationally and within PDS this fall, so we want to do our best to report on those subjects and provide both fact and perspective for the rest of the community. As such, we will try to publish further pieces on the Black Lives Matter Movement, the election, the coronavirus, as well as countless other issues," Jain stated.
Dr. Friedman remarked, "The student editors did an extraordinary job transferring to online content in the Spring. Viewership was up dramatically, and they won several awards from SNO (School Newspapers Online) for their coverage. Amy [Matlack] and I are very excited to see what they are able to produce this Fall to help record the life of the school in these rather extraordinary times."
See this retrospective on the impact and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, written by Katie Jain, here. (Also, read more about the Spokesman's digital transition in a previous news story here.)