Broadcaster Celebrates 90th Anniversary


by Katie McCreedy

A front page from an early addition of The Broadcaster. Source: Youth's Bright Years: An American High School by John T. Cunningham

A front page from an early addition of The Broadcaster. Source: Youth’s Bright Years: An American High School by John T. Cunningham

“At last, MHS has come into possession of a live school paper,” the school yearbook reads in its description of the newspaper in the 1927 addition, “the seniors hope that the paper will be greatly improved when the present underclassmen take up work in the fall”.

School news at Morristown High School began with the Maple Leaf in 1904, it was a collection of student-written essays and editorials published a few times a year. By 1919, the still student-run organization decided to take a daring shift and began publishing more critical, assertive opinion writing. The paper renamed itself to The High School Post, and a few years later, changed its name again to the Morristown News. Leading up to 1927, each of these organizations were loosely organized and lacked the true, consistent form of a school newspaper. Finally, however, a coalition of students and teachers formed an official school newspaper, naming it The Broadcaster, in 1927. And our beloved paper was born.

Much has changed, too. In the October 1927 issue, headlines included “US Marine Band Plays At Memorial Field” and “Morristown Loses to Westfield”, though the paper valued serious coverage of local news, it lacked the global and political focus that we have today.

Throughout the first few decades of Morristown’s literary history, Editor-in-Chiefs were all male. Until, in 1935, the first female Editor-in-Chief was elected, Hortense Salny. In her graduation year, The Cobbonian described her as “a personality, thus might one of ‘Horty’s’ friends concisely describe her to one of those very few who did not already know her. Excelling in anything attempted, she provided the Broadcaster with one of its finest editors.” Salny was also a member of student council, service club, and The Cobbonian. We owe much of our success as a paper to Ms.Salny, she developed respect and popularity for the paper and set a high standard for well-rounded editors.

The Broadcaster also included a section entitled the “Nut Bowl” and “Funny Papers” where columnists would write humourous and satricial articles. They were well-received by the student audience and they inspired decades of passion for humor in the paper. Today, we include a column in April called The Onion, where students produce satirical articles about fictional school events.

I am immensely lucky to be apart of this paper and appreciate the history we have as a facet of the school community. I hope that the accurate reporting, humorous stories, and opinion pieces we write today inspire the students for the next decades to come.

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