Thornton-Donovan School’s independent, student-run newspaper produces a tri-monthly paper that covers topics ranging from school news to popular culture to politics, both local and global.
The Overlook Journal is a reflection of Thornton-Donovan School, past and present. This independent, student-run organization works tirelessly to produce an eclectic collection of student work from the widest expanse of grade levels.
Recently, The Overlook Journal put together a website that right now is collating the most recent stories from the previous two papers into its directory. Additionally, it has featured some online exclusives. By the end of the 2013-14 school year, the entire student staff will be posting original content to Theoverlookjournal.com.
I am proud to moderate such a diverse paper that truly captures the “globally engaged” mantra of T-D. While the students who participate might not realize it, they are performing a duty to their school that cannot be understated. They chronicle the interests of their classmates and the events they participate and, in the process, provide readers with insight into the community T-D fosters. It is their paper.
When I first came to T-D in 2010, the newspaper was a Microsoft Publisher-created mess that was produced one-to-two times per year. It lacked any content worth reading and it was the product of laziness and indifference. That all changed when ONE student with a vision and the initiative to enact it took the reigns.
For two years, “Saint” Sederick Dawkins ‘12 stewarded The Overlook Journal through a golden age of sorts. He set the standard for the paper, whether it was through his tireless work with writers or the nights spent putting together layout when his designer abruptly quit on him (twice). T-D has never seen a student so dedicated to so many different causes, whether it was his local church, Habitat for Humanity, or The Overlook Journal.
The current staff and any future staffs will have to pave their own way and blaze their own trail through the jungle that is a school newspaper. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Embrace it. As Frost says, “I took the road less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.”