We’re a small team of independent student journalists from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, seeking to change the way that teenagers consume local news.

Through our own experience writing and reporting in our community, we know that local news can be just as or more relevant to high schoolers than big, national stories. But too often, teenagers aren’t a target audience of local outlets or receive community news in slow print cycles.

Our goal is to gather talent from across the region and create a robust paper to report local news specifically geared toward teens; as a completely digital paper, we put a strong focus on our social media front and aim to report in new and relevant mediums.

The fact that we’re completely independent — not tied to a school — gives us a leg up in achieving that goal. We’re able to gather students from across the region, run our small team as a professional organization and work free from grades and other academic responsibilities that come with high school journalism courses. 

At the end of the day, we recognize that our audience is not limited to only high schoolers, and it certainly expects and deserves content on par with professional outlets. Accordingly, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of thoroughness, timeliness and integrity, and thank our readers who make our hard work worthwhile.

Editorial staff

Grace Gao, editor-in-chief

Ella Persky, news editor

Eason Dong, photo editor

Mateo Espinoza, reporter

Kensie Pao, reporter

Myesha Phukan, reporter

Avni Rajagopal, reporter

Ryan Janes, photographer

Jade Wu, graphic designer

Sreyas Kadiyala, photographer

Josh Scheinman, photographer

Jolie Zhou, graphic designer

Raj Virginkar, photographer

Julia Scheib, photographer

Melinda Huang, business manager

Click here to see past staff.

Advisory board

Louis Hansen, San Jose Mercury News

Mike Inouye, NBC Bay Area

Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle

Zoe Morgan, Palo Alto Weekly

The advisory board is a group of professional journalists who provide us with informal advice. Advisors have no involvement in day-to-day operation, and have no final say in editorial and financial decisions. Rather, advisors receive regular updates on our internal operation, and may informally weigh in on questions that our editors choose to pose.