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The Monocle Student Newspaper is Revived
Erin Kelly

SEM's student newspaper, The Monocle, has been revived.

By Janelle Harb, Journalism Club Advisor

Buffalo Seminary is reviving its student-run newspaper, The Monocle. Last printed sometime in the 1980s. The students plan to publish stories on its new website each week and print the paper each trimester. They also plan to write a story about the history of The Monocle so we will have more precise information about its history in the future. In the process of creating the paper each week, students will learn how to think and write like journalists and design a newspaper from scratch.

The club was founded this year, freshmen Mary Goetz and Katie Rooney after they came to SEM looking for a place to write. They contacted Erin St. John Kelly, SEM's communications director. It's been a dream of Ms. Kelly's to establish a journalism club at SEM since she joined the administration in 2013.  Janelle Harb joined the faculty at SEM in the spring of 2020 as a computer science teacher but is also a freelance journalist who regularly publishes in The Buffalo News.

Marianna Selma '23 has been taking pictures for SEM since the fall and is the club's first official photographer. The club was presented for ratification of its charter at a School Government Association meeting on Feb. 24.

"I wanted a newspaper too, but I was scared because I was a freshman, and figured I would wait until next year, but then I saw the option to write in SEM Weekly," Katie said. 

From this, the club has evolved to include four writers (Quinn Brinkworth, Lydia Eno, Mary Goetz, Katie Rooney, two photographers (Marianna and Faith Wendell '24), and a cartoonist (sophomore Andrea Alave).

Stories are published now about SEM's Covid dress code by Katie and a profile of Chef Tom. Read them here on The Monocle website!

If you're interested in joining, please email jharb@buffaloseminary.org.


Front page screen grab of the revived Monocle, SEM's student newspaper.


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