On the Record (OTR), a newsmagazine produced by students of duPont Manual High School, released its inaugural issue in January 2016.
This first edition, dubbed the “Winter 2016 Issue,” featured close to a dozen articles, sidebars, and photo stories over 44 pages.
With stories designed to “highlight the youth perspective,” per their mission statement, the OTR staff hopes to fill a void they believe exist in Louisville.
“We, the On the Record staff, are striving to bring issues that are relevant to youth to the forefront. We feel that’s important because we are stakeholders in the Louisville community, and we want to know what issues are important for us, now and in the future,” said OTR Co-Editor-in-Chief Erin Woggon.
Some of the issues covered in the first issue include changing transgender policies, refugees in Louisville, and the election cycle.
The centerspread features the story of Eh Ywa, a Karen refugee who fled her native country of Burma due to political unrest and now resides in Louisville.
While this may be the first issue of On the Record, OTR’s staff members are certainly not inexperienced.
For years, they produced duPont Manual’s school newspaper, The Crimson Record. They began planning the change last year, with the hope of finishing the first issue by the end of the first semester of school.
“We noticed there was a large void in the community for a youth voice within Louisville media. And within Manuals hallways, we knew that Manual Redeye, the online student news publication, they were doing what we were doing with the old newspaper format, but quicker,” said the other OTR Co-Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Jean-Marie,“So we decided to sit down and rethink what we were doing, and realized that we could create this really awesome publication that could fill that void.”
On January 1st of 2016, we were invited on Great Day Live to speak about On the Record and our plans for the future of the magazine.