After seventy-five years of printing The Science Survey student newspaper solely in a paper and ink print edition and The Observatory yearbook solely as a bound hardcover, we have taken both programs online, opening up an entire new world of journalistic possibility!
Technology and journalism have increasingly migrated online in the real world, and we wish to follow suit, as our students deserve no less. Both publications will still print the way that they always do, but our online site will serve to supplement and to enrich the student journalism programs at The Bronx High School of Science by giving our students real world experience in managing an online newspaper website, in working under deadline pressure, in learning WordPress (the industry standard for websites and blogs), and in taking journalistic photographs of the highest quality. As befits a school for gifted students, our publications are legendary in their respective fields.
Over the past few years, The Bronx High School of Science yearbook, The Observatory, has won First Place Awards with Special Merit from The American Scholastic Press Association, Gold Medals from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association with additional All-Columbia Honors in Concept, Coverage, Writing, and Photography (winning the highest honors possible in four out of five categories), and First Class Honor Ratings from The National Scholastic Press Association.
These are the three most prestigious high school student journalism competitions in the country, and The Observatory has taken the top publishing prizes in all three competitions. For the past four years in a row, it has had an award-winning yearbook spread featured in Jostens’ Look Book, an industry standard design reference guide used by high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide, one of only 435 yearbooks from across the country so honored with publication in this hardcover book. For the past three years running, Mr. Thorp, the Faculty Advisor of the Yearbook Journalism program, has spoken on Nikon Digital SLR photography at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual Spring Convention held on the campus of Columbia University.