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Paly students win 17 journalism awards

Original post made on Apr 22, 2008

Palo Alto High School journalism students won 17 awards last weekend at the 2008 National Scholastic Press Association convention, held in Anaheim.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 10:21 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by PA Parent, a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations and well done! My first view of the Paly Voice was during the MI debacle.

The articles from the high school students were better than the ones at the New York Times (especially better than the idiotic article from the NYT), the SJ Mercury News (oddly biased), and I dare say either the Weekly or the Daily News. The Paly articles were the most informative, most comprehensive, most objective, and above all, they were very, very well written. (I'll bet the kids could even rewrite that sentence in fewer words and fix the grammar.) Real news.

If the articles had appeared in other media, no one would guess they were written by anything but journalism professionals.

If that's the level of writing coming out of the Paly journalism program overall, then no wonder all the awards. Bravo!


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I have always been very impressed with Paly journalism, both in what has been sent home as a Paly Parent and also in what has been posted here. This is something that seems to be done well over the years so some of the congrats must go to the teacher.

Very well done.


Posted by Palo Alto mother, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Congratulations! Well done, Paly.


Posted by midtown mom, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

I have looked to the Paly paper several times and been very impressed with the reporting. It was more factual, less biased, more even-handed and accurate than the Town Talk, San Jose Merc, and NYT on MI, for example, and on several other issues of local interest.

The MI thing really finished my education on not trusting the media.Being intimately involved with it, I saw first hand how our media can shape public perception and destroy individuals.

In the wrong hands it is a dangerously anti-democratic tool, with individual "journalists" agendae and biases being used as weapons against promoting a truly informed public for a pre-determined end. Thankfully this has been exposed in our primary process also, so that most Democrats now understand how powerless one can be against an agenda driven pen.

Paly did not abuse that power.

VERY impressive, and much congratulations!!


Posted by midtown mom, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2008 at 7:21 am

Just read the first response...no, I am not the same poster. My error, should have read it first then just said "I agree"


Posted by a Paly parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

Congratulations to the Paly journalism program - as a Paly parent I get lots of info from this news source!


Posted by Vienna, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 25, 2008 at 12:45 am

As the author of the original article on this topic, I'd like to direct readers over to the Paly Voice article on the convention and awards, where all of the above quotes appear.

I've always been impressed by the Paly publications, but then, I'm a student journalist. :)


Posted by Vienna, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 25, 2008 at 12:46 am

The link mentioned is:
Web Link


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