The Anchor is Severn School’s student-run Upper School newspaper. We are a Maroon Club and meet on a weekly basis (we are currently meeting on Zoom). We produce articles on issues important to the Severn community, as well as local, national, and international topics, opinion/editorial pieces, and artwork. Faculty advisors to The Anchor are Mr. Mooney and Mr. Freeman-Coppadge.
In the fall of 2020, The Anchor decided to join forces with The Severn Current, a creation (since 2019) of Mr. Sitzmann’s “The History of News” Upper School elective course. In addition to learning to work as journalists and editors, members of The Anchor club, together with students in The History of News course, will consider the following questions:
- What is the role and power of journalists and media? What gets covered? What doesn’t? Who covers it? How has the delivery of information changed over time? Why do “certain trumpets” get heard more than others?
- What is next for journalism? Where do we go from here? As digital news, algorithms, and AI continue to advance at a Moore’s Law pace, what is the collective future of global news media? Is it possible we have created a news media world that possesses, presents, and consumes too much information?