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Student Newspaper Pivots to Online Issues

Student editors and contributors to The Log, Loomis Chaffee’s student newspaper, have continued to inform and represent the student voice in the school community by publishing entirely online this term after the school moved to distance learning because of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I am incredibly proud of The Log editors,” commented Jessica Hsieh ’08, English teacher and Log faculty advisor. “They’ve embraced the idea that The Log should help keep our community connected, now more than ever. I’m also still impressed by how many writers — veterans and newbies — have chosen to spend this term attending weekly Log meetings and then writing excellent articles.”  

Jessica noted that having to switch to an entirely online format has had some positive outcomes for the publication. These include moves to updated website technology and streamlined internal procedures as well as an increased incentive to cover a variety of people and happenings across the school community.

According to senior Ethan Levinbook, co-editor-in-chief, it was important to The Log’s student leaders to continue publishing despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Log staff members are now scattered across the world and located in different time zones; still, we are continuing to gather (albeit virtually) for weekly topics meetings and layout sessions because we know that The Log is important not only for us but also for the Loomis Chaffee community,” he responded to an email inquiry. “We have lost so much of what makes Loomis Chaffee special, and we want the publication … to represent normalcy and constancy in this turbulent time.”

In addition to Ethan, The Log’s senior leaders include Neala Sweeney, co-editor-in-chief; Portia Inzone and Angela Wang, managing editors; and Michelle Park, director of design. According to Jessica, the senior leaders are especially excited to produce a final printed issue that will be mailed to all seniors in time for graduation later this month.

Connect to read the continually updated digital version of The Log at https://thelclog.org/.