Knight Crier shatters publication record in 2018-2019

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Knight Crier shatters publication record in 2018-2019

Some of the staff of The Knight Crier pause for a photo after the NPHS 2019 Commencement ceremony. Picture from L-R: Hannah Nguyen (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Allison Lacianca (Editor- Class of 2019); Sameera Rachakonda (Editor-In-Chief, Class of 2019); Connor Niszczak (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Marissa Werner (Editor, Class of 2019); and Prasham Jobanputra (Sports Editor- Class of 2020).

Some of the staff of The Knight Crier pause for a photo after the NPHS 2019 Commencement ceremony. Picture from L-R: Hannah Nguyen (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Allison Lacianca (Editor- Class of 2019); Sameera Rachakonda (Editor-In-Chief, Class of 2019); Connor Niszczak (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Marissa Werner (Editor, Class of 2019); and Prasham Jobanputra (Sports Editor- Class of 2020).

Some of the staff of The Knight Crier pause for a photo after the NPHS 2019 Commencement ceremony. Picture from L-R: Hannah Nguyen (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Allison Lacianca (Editor- Class of 2019); Sameera Rachakonda (Editor-In-Chief, Class of 2019); Connor Niszczak (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Marissa Werner (Editor, Class of 2019); and Prasham Jobanputra (Sports Editor- Class of 2020).

Some of the staff of The Knight Crier pause for a photo after the NPHS 2019 Commencement ceremony. Picture from L-R: Hannah Nguyen (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Allison Lacianca (Editor- Class of 2019); Sameera Rachakonda (Editor-In-Chief, Class of 2019); Connor Niszczak (Staff Writer Class of 2021); Marissa Werner (Editor, Class of 2019); and Prasham Jobanputra (Sports Editor- Class of 2020).

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TOWAMENCIN – Pardon a little journalistic self-promotion, please. But, hey, it’s the digital era and sometimes we all have to be a little shameless to make an online splash in the cybersphere.

The Knight Crier is proud to shamelessly self promote its 2018-2019 staff for publishing more content this school year than ever before. In the fall of 2011, The Knight Crier went fully digital for the first time, with the exception of the commemorative end of year print edition each June. While going digital was a big leap, and reluctant one for those of us who still like a newspaper in hand at The West Main Diner counter on Saturday mornings, what that leap did ensure was that students would be writing and publishing everyday. New, updated content daily, timely next day or next hour publishing of events, and a more far-reaching, potentially global audience were all part of the goals of going digital over these last 8 years.

This school year, however, the students who comprise the staff of the KC took things to new publishing heights, with the publication of 735 pieces of content. Most of that 735 is original, long form journalism. Throw in a few press releases, some photo stories, and some events bulletins, and you get a collection of work in which the staff broke our monthly publication record each month from September through June- including the months of October and January during which the KC topped 100 items of published content.

The graph shows quantity of published content on the Knight Crier site from the 2011-2012 school year, through the 2018-2019 school year.
School Year Published Content
2011-2012 508
2012-2013 464
2013-2014 477
2014-2015 483
2015-2016 476
2016-2017 570
2017-2018 452
2018-2019 735

Joining Rachakonda as graduating members of the KC staff are editors Allison LaciancaAllie Valovage Jillian Phillips , and Marissa Werner , as well as staff writers Giana Iannuzzi, Elijah May, Andrew Gimpel, Sammi Stec, Rachel RosenblattDevan BaldwinGabby CorradoLogan Dubil, and Jurni Jackson 

Editor-in-Chief Sameera Rachakonda lead the staff this year, rounding out her third and final year as a member of The Knight Crier, as she will head off to Temple University in the fall.

In addition to a tremendous year in quantity, The Knight Crier also garnered a First Place award in the Keystone Press Awards with the top high school news website in Pennsylvania. For the KC, this is the 3rd time receiving this award since 2011.

Crier on the Can publisher Marissa Werner shows off the latest, greatest addition to NPHS, making reading a real, moving experience.

2019 also marked the beginning of a new venture for the KC. After many brainstorming sessions and some great and… well… questionable the KC debuted The Crier on the Can, a new weekly installment of the Knight Crier placed inside the restroom stalls around NPHS.

The Knight Crier is also excited to return a strong core of writers for the 2019-2020 school year, and the process of selecting editors and beat writers will begin over the summer, so the KC is ready to publish when school begins again in September.

The 2019 end of the year print edition of the KC is available in the K-Pod reception office at North Penn High School.

Editor Marissa Werner hides behind the print edition in a rare moment where she was not the one taking that picture.

 

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