Author: Milton Magazine

Shoe-Leather Reporting Adapted to 2019

Fred Melo ’94 You’d never see this headline in the New York Times, or on the Huffington Post home page, or leading your six o’clock news: “Mid-sized city grapples with new waste-management program.” Sanitation, a critical government function—supported by a multibillion-dollar industry—directly affects the human and environmental health of a place. Nevertheless, covering the issue draws only local news consumers, even when something goes wrong. Residents of St. Paul, Minnesota, dealing with a confusing overhaul of their trash collection system, turned to the one place they knew they’d be heard: their local newspaper. “People are getting late bills after...

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New Wave of International Journalists: Masters of Many Trades

Neha Wadekar ’07 and Freddy Deknatel ’03 Yemen, Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Syria: Distant places with complex problems that generate frequent headlines. Dedicated journalists on the ground in these countries know that their reporting is important. And although some news organizations have cut back or closed their foreign bureaus, today’s international journalists feed audiences information through alternative sources, such as streaming video services, websites and podcasts. News professionals are often necessarily both multimedia experts and entrepreneurs. “The industry has changed dramatically,” says Neha Wadekar ’07, a freelance journalist based in Kenya. “There are many unique online publications, although they don’t...

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Trending Now: Life as student editors in chief, 2019

We know you’re curious. As media shift formats, position themselves on different platforms, eke out different style (and audience) niches, what is the status of the Milton Measure and the Milton Paper? Working on the student newspapers at Milton generates abiding memories. Milton reporters and editors have chosen all kinds of careers over the years, but few—especially among the editors—forget the days when, under the pressure of tight deadlines, they kept other students and faculty informed, provoked and entertained. Many aspects of life in the Fourth Estate are familiar and highly resonant. Digitization of our world, however, changes some...

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Moving Toward Uncomfortable Conversations

Every Wednesday around lunchtime, energetic Middle School students pack into a math classroom in the basement of Ware Hall, snag slices of pizza, and settle into clusters. After casual chatter dies down, the conversation turns considerably deeper, as the sixth, seventh and eighth graders tackle major social issues in a moderated discussion. “It might seem like having these deep conversations with other Middle School students is a silly idea, but I’m always leaving CAFE (Cultural Awareness for Everyone) with new knowledge and understanding of others’ opinions. It’s taught me that there are multiple sides to every story, and almost...

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Uniting Sounds: Moving Music Past Old Boundaries

How do you get dozens of antsy 3- to 7-year-olds to pay attention to a classical music performance at the end of their school day? Simple: You let them conduct it. This is how the kindergartners at Boston’s Dr. William Henderson Inclusion School ended up guiding Milton’s chamber musicians through the changing tempos of Bizet’s Farandole. Music department chair Adrian Anantawan was on hand to help the little maestros. The performance and follow-up “instrument petting zoo” comprised the first encounter of what Adrian hopes will become an ongoing relationship between Milton and these public school students. Henderson, a K–12...

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