The Beacon is Whitney M. Young Magnet High School’s student-run website.



Why we decided to go online

We, the Beacon staff want to make news as interactive and immersive as possible. In recent years, the majority of news outlets are building their online presence and moving to digital media. By becoming active on social media sites and maintaining a website, a news outlet has the power to reach a wider variety of people and also reach them on the go. With a website, current students and staff aren’t the only ones who can access WY news. Alumni, prospective students and parents and the interested public can have access to what is going on at WY. Invite people who don’t go to WY to visit the website so they can see what’s going on at the school.

Digital allows for many things that we couldn’t do in print, like publish every day. We will be uploading content daily. We have the ability to report the news soon after it breaks. Want to be in the know about what is going on at WY? Follow us for news.

We also plan to give our readers more chances to interact with us through the website and social media. Our website is able to be viewed on a cell phone or tablet, making the site accessible on the go. With the site and social media, people can interact with us wherever or whenever. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to connect with us. Tweet us your thoughts and share what you think. This is one of the easiest ways to let your thoughts be heard and to let us know what you want to see in the paper.

We will be having a print editions, but they will be bi-monthly. Because we are scaling back on our print, we will be holding a raffle at the end of the year for anyone who keeps all of this year’s Beacons. The print issues will feature special events, such as Homecoming and Winter Break, and we will still have the annual Bacon issue. As usual, we will have more content on the website.

We can also tell our stories with more photos and graphics. We also have room to tell stories that we did not have room for in our print edition. Humans of WY, a new feature, is just one example. We plan to have more Fashion Icons and 5x5s as well as athlete and artist spotlights. The website will give us the chance to feature even more students and staff.

We are your newspaper. We want you to connect with us and tell us how you feel so we can best deliver WY’s news to you. If you have any suggestions of what you want to see, contact us on our website or email us at [email protected]

The student news site of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois.