12/26/2013 10:31:00 AM CFHS Lantern is online publication
(article submitted to the Beacon by Lantern editors)
The amount of change between the Cannon Falls High School's newspaper, the Lantern, last year and this year is almost unbelievable.
With a new staff including English teacher John Fogarty as the advisor and three co-editor in chiefs, Megan Bauer, Sydney Erhardt, and Sam Singh, the "edits" to the program have been sizable.
In fact, the Lantern isn't even distributed in print anymore. Now an online publication, readers can simply go to cflantern.org for a local take on significant issues.
The lightbulb clicked on when Fogarty expressed interest in heading up the school paper late last year. Contacting students about editorship in a series of intense meetings complete with new concepts of all kinds, Fogarty and the freshly minted co-editors developed a plan.
First, they needed to meet with Cannon Falls High School leadership and present their proposal. Both the superintendent and high school principal were almost immediately on board.
Soon, the Education Foundation generously contributed to update camera equipment, buy voice recorders for interviews, and provide much-needed general support. Now, every day during a fifteen minute homeroom, Fogarty, editors, and Lantern staffers alike gather in a small office off the back of a computer lab to discuss ideas for articles, edit drafts and munch on tangy Red Vines.
New editors include: prolific sports editor Bryce Boyle-Hoban and dedicated assistant sports editor Quinton Lindow; enthusiastic feature editor Lily French; creative editorial/opinion editor Kylie Robinson (also directing bold new social media schemes); and talented photography editor Josh Siebenaler.
Although an abundance of skilled staffers make up the Lantern writing and photography teams, this flame is fueled by a rekindled subcategory known as the "Torch" - a section reserved exclusively for middle school articles.
The "new look" Lantern also features a "Sports Center," providing fans with up-to-date scores, rosters and articles about their favorite teams.
Videos provide highlights of campus life not possible under the paper copy format.
Another feature that is currently in the works is an Activity Center designed to provide information about all of the co-curricular activities at CFHS.
The Lantern has changed, but it strives to remain a beaming focal point of the Cannon Falls community. Burning bright, and always lighting the way.