If you’re not reading Wilson High School’s student newspaper, you’re missing out on some unique and effective news coverage.
At The Beacon (thewilsonbeacon.com), they cover school issues, such as the 2 in 5 Wilson seniors who had not completed their community service requirement as of three months before graduation, and the 14 percent who have done none of the required 100 hours. They ask what happened to $10,000 earmarked for new metal detectors at a school of 1,800 students with only four working devices.
Absolutely. Working w/the agencies to make sure the funding is put to proper use. Thank you to @thewilsonbeacon for bringing this to light.
— Mary M. Cheh (@marycheh) April 13, 2018
They cover local news that could directly impact their lives, such as Council member Charles Allen’s bill to lower the voting age in DC to 16 from 18. Oh, and they discuss it on the radio with WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi.
Tune in to WAMU-NPR on 88.5 to hear The Beacon's Ben Korn discuss DC's voter registration age and potential legislation to lower it with Kojo Nnamdi pic.twitter.com/MbwvIqbmfJ
— The Wilson Beacon (@thewilsonbeacon) April 16, 2018
And they follow stories of national and international importance. A team of Beacon reporters covered the March for Our Lives and related events for their own newspaper…
“We should not be focusing on the safety of students. Our focus should be on learning and graduating,” said Wilson senior Aaron King at the March for DC Lives. https://t.co/UZgAaNIjnE pic.twitter.com/2WZTG2KK2F
— The Wilson Beacon (@thewilsonbeacon) April 7, 2018
Check out our video from yesterday’s March For Our Lives, filmed and edited by Mabel Malhotra: https://t.co/nEipc5vwNf
— The Wilson Beacon (@thewilsonbeacon) March 26, 2018
Not every story in the Beacon makes it online. If you want to read about elevator safety concerns after 11 students got stuck in one, or about the students’ security concerns after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, you have to subscribe to the print edition. Donate and subscribe to get the PDF of the newspaper emailed to you each month, and you’ll paying the paper’s printing and equipment costs – and supporting some important journalism.