The Oracle

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The newspaper has been published since the school opened in 1957, so over 64 years in print. The staff has included: 2013 Rose Festival Princess Hannah Rice; former student, previous adviser and current health teacher Suzy Setterholm; and AP English teacher Gene Brunak, who advised The Constitution from 2004-2020.

The Constitution has been an open forum for students, staff and community members since its inception, and the publication has empowered youth to exercise their freedom of press through stories ranging from controversial commentaries about violent actions of the government to covering and criticizing experiences of racism in athletics. They’ve also kept readers entertained with media reviews and informed by showcasing events through the eyes of students. 

This year, with the help of a website hosting platform (SNO Sites, created specifically for student journalism), we delve into a new form of publishing while upholding the long legacy of teenage voice.

Facts:

  • 23 beginning journalism students led by editor-in-chief, senior Trinity Stustman-Knox launched the online newspaper on Jan. 28, 2021
  • The student reporters have been working on stories and design since October 
  • Next term, 10 returning newspaper students will keep the stories flowing with fresh reporting
  • Our newspaper name and website address will be updated after the school renaming process ends
  • We shall return to making print editions once we’ve returned to the building
  • Some stories may seem outdated based on their publication date, but that is not the fault of the writer. We needed at least 20 stories to launch, so we waited until enough stories were ready.
  • The digital newspaper includes three episodes of “The Beat”, Madison’s new student podcast

 

Opportunities to participate:

Read the newspaper in class:

We would be delighted if you gifted students the opportunity in your class to read stories and engage with the publication. Whether that be independent reading, brainstorming untold stories, or practicing persuasive writing commentaries, we are here for it. 

Write Letters to the Editor:

We are a public forum, which means that students, staff and community members are able to submit responses to items that we publish in the form of a “Letter to the Editor”. Our submission criteria is available here

Craft Guest Contributions:

We are looking to build a space where students, staff and community members can also help contribute to the journalistic storytelling in our community. We will accept submissions to go through our editorial process that would lead to publishing. This can include story ideas, fully drafted pieces or visual art. Our submission criteria is available here

 

Contacting the editors:

Send questions, comments, concerns, compliments….or advertising requests…to the following email: [email protected]

 

Trinity Stustman-Knox, Editor-in-chief

Lincoln Wheeler, Copy Editor

Zane Emerson, Section Editor

Jason Miller, Podcast Producer

Sarabeth Leitch, Newspaper adviser

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