Originally published in 1968 as “the paper without a name,” the Parkway West “Pathfinder” soon acquired a title and became known as the newspaper of Parkway West High in Ballwin, Missouri. Under the leadership of Judy Lamb, the staff named the paper based upon the dictionary definition of “pathfinder,” meaning one skilled in leading or finding a way. Journalism students became skilled in page layout, gathering accurate information and writing newsworthy articles.
While the value of gathering accurate information and writing newsworthy articles has not changed, technology has exploded. In 2012 the Pathfinder staff decided to take the paper into the electronic age. On October 10, the staff launched its first online newspaper.
After the convergence of Parkway West’s newspaper and yearbook classes in 2014, the Pathfinder also welcomed work from yearbook students, the Convergent Media Writers of the paper. Today, the Pathfinder has evolved from a print newspaper into an award-winning online news program run by roughly 30 dedicated and passionate students.
I. NSPA’s Best of Show Award 2015 – Eighth Place for Small School Publication Website
II. Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Medal Finalists
III. NSPA’s Best of Show Award 2016- Seventh Place for Small School Publication Website
Read the Pathfinder’s Editorial Policy HERE.
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