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"The Broadcaster" Returns

After a few years of inactivity, East Islip High School’s school newspaper, “The Broadcaster,” returned in 2022 in the form of a website, Led by English teacher Michael Augello and rising senior and Editor-In-Chief Tristan Hearth, the staff used the SNO Sites, platform a branch of WordPress designed for student journalism, to resurrect the publication and coordinate their efforts. The initial run of articles was published in June.

“One of my goals for my first year of teaching in East Islip was to get involved right away in as many ways as possible,” Augello said. “During the interview process, administration mentioned that there was a group of students who were hungry to bring back the newspaper, and they hoped the candidate they hired might be interested in leading the charge. I felt this was the perfect opportunity for me: In high school, I was the editor of my school newspaper and wrote for a local high school football website. In college, before studying education, I studied journalism, and before coming to East Islip, I helped to reshape a digital media/broadcasting course to center more around digital storytelling. It was so much fun to start recruiting a staff, teaching about journalism, and hearing the stories that are out there. We decided to make the switch and go digital to adapt to the way people consume their media today and to expand the way we can tell our stories.”

“It is impossible to know what the future of the paper holds, but I am happy to have helped it get started, and I cannot wait for whatever comes next,” Hearth said.

View "The Broadcaster" here.

Date Added: 7/21/2022

Sunday, October 02, 2022