Sarah Detwiler and Anne Gerbner
The Upper School newspaper, Earthquake, is created, edited and designed by students. Published six times a year, Earthquake is distributed free in the front hall and mailed home to Upper School parents and recent alumni. In 2012 Earthquake earned five Gold Circle Awards for writing and a Silver Medal for the paper’s overall design and writing from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association. For the past two years, Earthquake has sponsored an annual High School Journalism Conference to bring together editors, staff and advisors of high school papers and other student writers from Philadelphia-area schools to discuss their newspapers and learn from local and national journalists. In 2010, Buzz Bissinger, nationally-acclaimed journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, was the keynote speaker at the first journalism conference, followed by Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com at the 2012 conference. Over 100 students from nearby schools in Pennsylvania attended writing workshops led by journalists including Inquirer columnist Karen Heller, crime reporter Alison Steele, Temple journalism professor Linn Washington, NPR On the Media producer P.J. Vogt, The Daily arts reviewer Zach Baron, Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Ron Tarver, Seattle Times managing editor Carole Carmichael, and Salon.com author Rebecca Traister.
“Journalism is taking off in new forms and many students want to write for publication—not just in newspapers but on-line and in blogs,” says Anne Gerbner, English Department Faculty. “Earthquake was inspired to sponsor a Philadelphia journalism conference after attending a student round table at the national journalism conference at Columbia University. We thought that local public and private Philadelphia schools students could meet to talk about common concerns: ethics, reporting facts, the future of news, online publishing.” The three-hour program ended with a brown-bag round table discussion. Read more at right about this year's conference.
Adam Hotek and Susan Lowry
Student Leaders (2013-14): Madeleine Andrews, Dmitri Diagne
is the literary magazine of Germantown Friends School, featuring poetry, prose, and visual art from the student body. The publication, which comes out in April of every year, has been an integral part of the school's writing life since 1950s. Upper school students in grades 9-12 lead the publication process from start to finish, collecting submissions and fundraising in the first half of the year and editing and designing the final product in the second half. In the last ten years, Polyphony
has consistently earned high honors in the National Council of English Teachers Program to Recognize Excellence in Literary Magazines, and in 2005, the publication was named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Magazine. Browse last year's publication
Students may submit work to the 2012 edition of Polyphony by email to email@example.com.
Faculty Advisors: Susan Lowry, Della Micah
Student Editors (2013-14): Isabel Ballester, Allison Berman, Bridget Curtin
Anno is the Upper School yearbook of Germantown Friends School. This annual publication celebrates all aspects of student life including academics, athletics, clubs and activities, and events such as performances, dances, fund raising, and community service. Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Underclassmen are represented in candids and in class pages; Seniors each have a page they design that reflects their individual personalities. Special attention is given to a pictorial spread of global and local events of the year that brings a broader perspective to student life. And each year, the publication honors a selected staff or faculty member. Anno is created and assembled by Senior Editors with the help of Juniors and Seniors Staff Members. The publication is released in late spring, when students sign each other's book, both honoring and bidding farewell to the graduating class.