BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.
Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” drop-down menu, and click on “The Highlander” in order to get all of the latest news from GLHS.
Bobbie Peer, Editor of TAPinto Berkeley Heights, and Staci Toporek, Faculty Advisor to The Highlander, have spearheaded the student newspaper’s move to a digital format.
“With The Highlander going online, student journalists at GL will have the opportunity to report news in a much more timely manner,” explained Ms. Toporek, who is a Teacher of English at Governor Livingston. “Instead of waiting for a quarterly newspaper to publish, the community will be able to access the news when it is still news. We can continually post articles on a daily or weekly basis that will reach a wider audience. And, under the guidance of the TAPinto Berkeley Heights staff, the staff members of the The Highlander will learn more about the responsibility of being journalists and being accountable to report clear, concise, and relevant news to the GL community and community-at-large.”
Ms. Toporek said that this cooperative venture was inspired by the relationship between the TAPinto Clark digital news source and the student newspaper of Arthur L. Johnson High School in that community.
“Bobbie Peer has been integral in getting this started,” offered Ms. Toporek. “She’s been trying to find ways to assist and encourage local budding journalists through her news site. So we both thought that this would be a great way to increase our presence and visibility as a source for Governor Livingston news. The Editor-In-Chief of The Highlander, Dana Skerker, is now looking for ways to create new columns and features and cover more newsworthy topics that will be of interest to both high school students and the community as a whole.”
Tara Oliveira, Assistant Principal at Governor Livingston, expounded upon the many benefits of The Highlander’s move to a digital format.
“In addition to the editing which is performed by the student editors, Ms. Toporek and I also have an opportunity to edit, refine, and provide feedback to students before their articles are posted online in The Highlander, explained Mrs. Oliveira, a former high school English teacher. “This thorough vetting and editing process provides our students with some excellent real-world journalism experience while impressing upon them the serious responsibilities that come with being a reporter whose work is being published online for all to see.”