The Unveiling of The Prowler’s News Site

Do you want to keep up with the rapid pace of what is happening around the lively and spirited hallways of Bridgewater-Raritan High School?

The Prowler is your source of news, updates, and information on the constant activities at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

The Prowler has long been the high school’s student-run newspaper, but now, students, administrators, staff, and the entire community can merely gain their good dosage of news and information by clicking online to read all about the high school and beyond.

The Prowler is now available by clicking on the following link:

The news source of the high school is a student-run organization that is steered by two highly skilled and gifted editors, Gianna Jakubowski and Meera Gharat, each in the Class of 2024.

The co-advisors are Annie Higgins, who is a Teacher of Special Education-Multiple Disabilities and the high school’s Special Olympics Coach, and Bruce Moran, who is the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Webmaster and Communications Specialist.

“Since we moved to an online platform, it is easier to spread the news among the school and the larger Bridgewater-Raritan community,” Meera reported. “This will help students stay up to date on school events.”

She went on to further explain that the new convenient news site benefits the readers who seek all the news that is fit to print.

“The digital platform gives our members new opportunities to learn about modern journalism.”

The spearhead behind expanding The Prowler to a digital news service is Dan Hemberger, who is in his first year as the Principal of Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

“I am thrilled to bring The Prowler into the 21st century. Given the prevalence of smartphones and digital information, it was clear that Bridgewater-Raritan High School needed to change with the times,” Principal Hemberger explained. “By creating a digital newspaper, we hope to increase exposure to our student writers, improve Bridgewater-Raritan communications, and above all, showcase our students, who are involved with exciting experiences everyday.”

Gianna was thrilled with the new approach to handling the news.

“Creating the digital news site for Bridgewater-Raritan High School has been a very rewarding journey,” Gianna said. “As someone who plans to pursue journalism as a career, I am thrilled to share this online platform in hopes that more students and staff become informed about what is happening at the high school and in the Bridgewater-Raritan community.”

The Prowler features a talented staff, but this journalism club continues to actively seek new writers.

“For students who love writing and journalism, this also gives them the opportunity to publish their writing that can be viewed by virtually anyone,” Gianna said.

Ms. Higgins felt that writing for The Prowler would assist in launching journalism careers for high school students.

“Hopefully this new model will serve as a learning tool for our students interested in pursuing a career in journalism,” Ms. Higgins said.

“We encourage new writers to publish their stories,” Meera declared.

Mr. Moran agreed with his Prowler teammates.

“I began my journalism career writing for my high school newspaper (Westfield High School),” said Mr. Moran, whose journalism career featured his position as bureau chief for the state’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger. “We have two exceptionally gifted and energetic editors, Gianna and Meera, who are passionate about producing this fine product. Any high school student would be quite fortunate to work with these two editors.”

Meera summed up her role.

“I’m excited to see how an online news site makes staying up-to-date easier for staff, students, and the general community. It was a great idea to make this switch and I am thankful to have an editor position for the first year of this digital platform. I hope more people are able to appreciate our vibrant school community with our accessible platform.”

Principal Hemberger has a vision for this informative news site.

“I hope that The Prowler will be a hub of our community–one stop shopping for Bridgewater-
Raritan High School news and media.”