PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time, all eight out of eight editors-in-chief at Ivy League colleges are women. And 25 percent of those women are graduates of Columbia High School.

The Daily Princetonian ran a feature about the milestone this past week. The two Columbia High graduates are Hadriana Lowenkron at University of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Braka at Columbia University. 

“I was the co-editor-in-chief of my high school paper with Sarah Braka,” Lowenkron said in the Princetonian of her time working on The Columbian. Braka said in the article, “It was the highlight of my senior year of high school.” 

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Possibly following her experiences in Maplewood and South Orange, Lowenkron said in the article she wanted to be sure the news coverage on campus reflect the whole Penn community. “I feel a responsibility to make sure that we are covering our communities of color thoughtfully, properly, and accurately,” she added.

The young journalists also touched on expanding newsrooms in the future, “so that years from now this is not even seen as an accomplishment,” explained Lowenkron.

The Columbia University editor-in-chief felt the same way. “This is indicative of a larger shift of women wanting to go into journalism and that’s really important. Just like we want to diversify our newsroom, newsrooms across the nation need to be diversified,” said Braka.


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