The La Salle Falconer, the school's student-run news website, has earned the title of Distinguished Site from School Newspapers Online, an online publisher.
The staff was awarded the status after earning online digital badges in areas that SNO considers the six components of a modern website: site excellence, story page design, writing, multimedia, coverage, and audience engagement.
The Falconer is produced weekly when school is in session by students in Miles Kane's journalism class. Students choose, research, write, and edit articles under the leadership of the all-student editorial board. They also worked together to earn the badges.
"It was a team effort and the result of a lot of people's hard work," said editor-in-chief Maddie Khaw. "The award is great and we are happy to get it, but there is so much more we appreciate about doing this."
"This" is reporting and writing about the school and beyond. The Falconer staff covers news that involves or affects the La Salle community on campus or off. The Falconer has published articles about school issues such as hybrid learning, the Black Student Union, and finals, as well as pieces about regional, national, and world issues such as homelessness, the 2020 presidential election, and the global pandemic.
"I like that we are doing something to keep the rest of the community informed," said Carlie Weigel '21, the Falconer's other editor-in-chief.
SNO, which The Falconer uses to create its publication, started its Distinguished Site program to "eliminate ambiguity and delineate standards of excellence for an online student news site."
Only 63 schools reached Distinguished Site status last year.
Congratulations, Falconer staff!