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Feature: Radio journalism joins ranks of Paly publications

Published May 1, 2014

Paly Radio Club strives to create a professional-grade broadcast with help from KZSU. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

Paly Radio Club strives to create a professional-grade broadcast with help from KZSU. Photo provided by Creative Commons.

One would have to be living under a rock to not notice the plethora of award-winning publications that grace Palo Alto High School campus. We have everything from a newspaper (The Campanile) to a foreign policy magazine (Agora) and everything in between. So what’s next for Paly journalism? A radio show?  A news program via a complicated combination of carrier pigeons, smoke signals and morse code? Hint: it’s the first one.

Paly sophomores Zoe Limbrick, Maya Kandell and Esme Ablaza, along with the help of KZSU, Stanford’s own radio channel, are working together to create Paly’s very first audio publication.

According to Limbrick, it was Kandell who first thought of the idea last semester while taking Beginning Journalism.

“The idea was brought up last semester sometime during Beginning Journalism, and then Maya [Kandell] contacted me shortly after to see if I was interested,” Limbrick said.

The idea took off from there as the girls formed an official club with English teacher Lucy Fillipu as the advisor, as well as contacted KZSU.

“Six of us took a class to get air cleared at KZSU and they’ve been really supportive to help us get a show,” Limbrick said.

The members of Radio Club have been working on straightening out the logistics of their new publication.

“We’re going to loosely base our meetings off of a production cycle for a publication. We’re going to work on story ideas and develop them during our meeting times,” Limbrick said. “Then we can conduct the actual interviews and do the initial editing outside of class. Our meetings will mostly be spent on creating the ideas and editing the stories.”

Radio Club’s first broadcast was Sunday, April 13. Eventually, Limbrick and the others hope to have a fully-functioning publication to stand alongside the ranks of the rest of the Paly journalism program.

“We just want to produce a successful and professional show each week,” Limbrick said.

Interested in the club? Limbrick assures that it is not too late to sign up and participate.

“We’re really welcoming for anyone who wants to join and you don’t have to have any experience with radio or journalism,” she said.


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