The Paw Print

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The Paw Print is the official online school newspaper of Woodside High School, entirely run by Career Technical Education (CTE) Digital Journalism students. Established in 1958 in Woodside, California, The Paw Print strives to keep readers informed, up-to-date, and engaged by practicing ethical and accurate reporting. Staff reporters learn the basics of story pitching, newswriting, audio, video, and other interactive online elements while producing content for The Paw Print.

(2017) CTE Digital Journalism students traveled to ABC 7 studios in San Francisco to watch a live news broadcast and to learn about broadcast journalism.

Students in CTE Digital Journalism are equipped with writing, communication, and multimedia skills necessary to succeed in technology-driven industries. By managing The Paw Print, students learn how to write and publish articles in accordance with industry-standard guidelines, manage School Newspapers Online (SNO) website design, broadcast live for the school’s daily announcements, take and edit high-quality photos with DSLR cameras and Photoshop, and film and edit multimedia packages with Final Cut Pro. For the past two years, The Paw Print staff has also collaborated with KQED Public Radio to produce content for the annual Youth Takeover on KQED in late spring. Students have traveled to compete in the annual National Journalism Education Association Convention in Chicago and Washington D.C. along with traveling to local journalism competitions, workshops, and newsrooms. In January 2020, The Paw Print began offering some articles in both English and Spanish in order to make articles more accessible for everyone in the Woodside community.

The Paw Print was previously named The Woodside World, and most print editions of The Woodside World published before 2017 are available on UC Riverside’s California Digital Newspaper Collection, which can be found here.

Editorial Policy: Any opinions presented within the Woodside Paw Print do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the writer, The Paw Print, Woodside High School, or the Sequoia Union High School District as a whole.

Awards

The following are local, state, and national awards received by the staff writers for The Paw Print since 2017.

2019-2020

2020 Bay Area Scholastic Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, honoring middle and high school students in 29 categories of art and writing. A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected exceptional works from nearly 2,000 works from across the Bay Area submitted in 2020.

Taila Lee – Gold Key in Journalism for “Netflix’s ‘Tall Girl’ Fails to Reach New Heights”

Journalism Education Association (JEA) Convention (Washington D.C.) – Fall 2019

Coeditors in Chief Emma Chiu and Taila Lee give a presentation about student press rights at the 2019 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

Woodside Journalism II and III students traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the JEA Convention and participate in competitions with other schools across the country. The following students received honors from JEA.

Chloe Postlewaite* – Online News Package – Superior

Sam Brook* – Online News Package – Superior

Taila Lee* – Online News Package – Superior

*Chloe Postlewaite, Sam Brook, and Taila Lee participated in a group competition to collaboratively produce an online news package about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  You can view their project here, which was published on The Paw Print as a submission.

The New York Times Second Annual Student Photo Contest

The New York Times invited students to their second annual “show us your generation” challenge, where over 2,200 students photographed aspects of teenage life to make the portrait of Generation Z more interesting, nuanced, complete or real. The following student was one of 40 finalists.

Emma Chiu – Runner-Up

You can view Emma’s photo and caption here, which was published on The New York Times – The Learning Network in December 2019.

Northern California Journalism Education Association (JEA) Media Day (Palo Alto, CA) – Fall 2019

Woodside Journalism II and III students traveled to Palo Alto to attend the JEA’s NorCal Media Day and participate in on-site contests with other California schools. The following student received honors from JEA.

Taila Lee – Second Place, Review Writing

Best of SNO – 2019 to 2020

The following articles and packages were published on the Paw Print and were later accepted by SNO administrators as examples of the “best stories being published on the SNO Sites network” (bestofsno.com). Over 11,500 stories have been submitted to Best of SNO nationwide (about 15% have been accepted) among the 400+ participating schools.

Taila Lee Taylor Swift’s “Lover” Is Easy to Fall in Love With

Taila Lee Netflix’s “Tall Girl” Fails to Reach New Heights

Emma ChiuAdvanced Placement Classes: The Unintentional Segregators

Isabella CalcagnoMarching for Mother Nature: Woodside Students Join Biggest Climate Protest in History

Chloe PostlewaiteJUULs, Suorins, and Novos, Oh My

Emma MontalbanoWoodside Alum and NFL Star Launches Film Production Company

Claire ManuelDisney Introduces First LGBTQ+ Character

Taila LeeDodie’s Enchanting Performance Lights Up The Fox Theater

Sam BrookPolice Visit Results in Discomfort for Skeptical Students

Cedrik von BrielPhoto essay: 13 birds for the 3 billion lost

Taila LeePower Outages Disconnect Seniors From Their College Applications

Taila LeeNational Period Day Raises Awareness For Period Poverty

Alexander BalfanzReview: “Magdalene” by FKA Twigs

Chloe Postlewaite, Sam Brook, Taila LeeConservation and Conversations: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Isabella CalcagnoGuns, Schools, and Activism

Cedrik von BrielA Trip to the Circus

Taila LeeTikTok: The Epitome of Gen Z

Claire Manuel“Isn’t It Just Soap?”: Gender Stereotypes in Marketing

Sam Brook, Emma Chiu, Taila Lee, Chloe PostlewaiteNorth Star Academy Holds First Redwood City School District Climate Strike

Emma ChiuClases de Colocación Avanzada: Los Segregadores no Intencionales

2018-2019

SNO Distinguished Site – 2018-2019

The Paw Print is a SNO Distinguished Site for the 2018-2019 school year, earning six out of six SNO badges and demonstrating mastery of social media, story excellence, site excellence, coverage, and multimedia. The Paw Print ranks #9 in the nation for SNO Distinguished Sites.

Best of SNO – 2018 to 2019

The following articles and packages (30 total) were published on the Paw Print and were later accepted by SNO administrators as examples of the “best stories being published on the SNO Sites network” (bestofsno.com). Over 12,600 stories were submitted to Best of SNO nationwide (about 17% have been accepted) among the 400+ schools that were participants.

Sam Brook Woodside Firefighters Face Unrelenting California Flames

Taila Lee Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com

Leila Taherian Population Growth Sparks a Need for Better Public Transportation

Taila Lee Dressing for Success: New Dress Code Approved in Alameda After Two Years

Chloe Postlewaite The Benefits of Bloom

Liam Lee Democrats Hope to Pass New Policies After the Midterms

Emma Chiu City Council Candidates Weigh in on the Housing Crisis

Holly Rusch Juuls in Schools: FDA Announces Teen Vaping “Epidemic”

Chloe Postlewaite Meme Page Popularity

Emma Chiu East Palo Alto Leans Left in Midterms

Sam Brook Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection

Noelia Arteaga Social Media Aides Voter Turnout

Holly Rusch and Leila Taherian This I Believe

Tessa Bertine Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday

Liam Lee GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

Emma Chiu Harvard Lawsuit Poses a New Threat to Affirmative Action

Jack Freeman Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

Holly Rusch and Noelia Arteaga (additional contributions by Emma Chiu, Chloe Postlewaite, Taila Lee, Isabella Williams) – Woodside Spanish Teacher, Brett Bowles, Resigns Amidst Controversy

Sam Brook I-wing Bathroom Closure Causes Inconvenience But Protects from Larger Issue

Emma Chiu Oval Office or Bust: Nine Democratic Candidates Declare a Presidential Campaign

Taila Lee Sweeter Than Sweetener: Why We Should Thank Ariana Grande for thank u, next

Noelia Arteaga The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal

Taila Lee Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

Taila Lee Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”

Taila Lee and Emma ChiuYoung Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

Spencer GrahamThe LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

Emma ChiuStigma, Silence, and Slang

Taila Lee and Chloe PostlewaiteWhy Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Taila LeeEverything You Missed in Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Music Video

Cody BowersAvengers: Endgame Smashes Pre-sales Records on Way to Box Office

Sam BrookDerogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area

Tessa BertineForty Days of Controversy

Site Excellence – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Site Excellence Badge, where students had to “customize their homepage beyond the initial SNO design with a clear sense of purpose for every element on the homepage.”

Story Page Excellence – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Story Page Excellence Badge, where students had to create eight stories “that go beyond the text to enhance the reader’s experience.” They used different templates to add engaging elements to articles, and they added interactive pieces to the website.

Audience Engagement – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Audience Engagement Badge, where students had to use social media to engage their audience while gaining over 1,000 total followers. They also studied their analytics, and got thousands of page views on their website.

Multimedia – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Multimedia Badge, where students produced multiple high-quality videos, podcasts, and three photo slideshows. They learned how to create effective and engaging pieces on different platforms, and they learned the differences between different types of media.

Continuous Coverage – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Continuous Coverage Badge, where students updated the Paw Print site regularly throughout the school year and demonstrated a commitment to timely online journalism.

Journalism Education Association (JEA) Convention (Chicago, IL) – Fall 2018

Woodside Journalism II and III students traveled to Chicago to attend the JEA Convention and participate in competitions with other schools across the country. The following students received honors from JEA.

Emma Chiu – Newswriting – Honorable Mention

Noelia Arteaga – Sports Writing – Honorable Mention

Chloe Postlewaite* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

Isabella Williams* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

Taila Lee* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

*Chloe Postlewaite, Isabella Williams, and Taila Lee participated in a group competition to collaboratively produce an online news package about 2018 midterms.  You can view their project here, which was published on the Paw Print as a submission.

2017-2018

Journalism Education Association (JEA) Awards – 2017 to 2018

The following awards were presented to journalism and video students by JEA.

Digital Media Live Coverage

First Place – “Woodside Walkout Live Coverage”

Anchors: Jess O’Neill, Sean Moriarty, Field Reporter: Holly Rusch

Woodside TV Live Breaking News Crew: Philip Moises, Brendan Peck, Justin Swan, Scott Morimoto

Second Place “RWC March for Our Lives Live Coverage”

Anchors: Mykha Latimer, Stefan Sujansky, Field Reporter: Leila Taherian

Woodside TV Live Thursday Crew: Philip Moises, Brendan Peck, Daniel Moreno, Gianna V., Ivria Crane, Ryan Quinn

Digital Media News Website Design

Honorable Mention – Isabella Williams (Online Editor and 2018-2019 Co-Editor-in-Chief)

News Story

Honorable Mention – Sean Moriarty (Politics Staff Writer)

Sports Story

Honorable Mention – Aaron Raubvogel (2017-2018 Co-Editor-in-Chief)

Video News Package

Third Place – Scott Morimoto (Woodside TV Live Reporter)

Digital Media Photo Slideshow

Honorable Mention – Joseph Balsama (Photo Editor)

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