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Award-Winning Student Newspaper

For the students who work on the TPHS student newspaper, The Falconer, journalism is driven by passion. The Falconer not only provides these budding journalists with an avenue to practice and acquire new writing skills, it is an extension of them, “The Falconerds,” as editor-in-chief of The Falconer, Cory Lomberg joked. The students’ hard work recently paid off, as the newspaper was awarded the ‘Best of Show’ award in the Newspaper Broadcasting 17 Pages or More category at the 2014 National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association Spring National High School Journalism Convention at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Elated Cory explained how despite a previous pitfall at the last convention, the staff maintained loyal to their style and craft. She noted, “At the last convention we all thought the judges did not really like our style of writing and design, and we were okay with this. We still wanted to continue in the direction we were going and simply improve the things we had been doing.” The staff’s devotion to their vision clearly benefited them. Cory enthused, “Based on the fact that we won ‘Best in Show,’ I guess sticking with our original ideas and improving our personal style really impressed the judges!”

On top of that, Cory expressed how hard the staff worked to create solid, well-researched articles. “. . . we really do put our hearts into releasing a reliable, respected paper every month,” she stated.

The Falconer is released monthly, nine times a year and boasts six sections: news, opinion, feature, focus, entertainment and sports, with a satirical backpage which focuses on popular trends, stories and other relevant issues. The last issue will be released this June, with a new editorial staff stepping up to the plate once the class of 2014 graduates.

Cory expressed her hopes for the future Falconerds. “I’m hoping they continue to improve the paper, as well as our website, www.tphsfalconer.com,” she said. She added, “It really will be business as usual for the remaining Falconerds.”