The Media Arts Center (MAC) was built to support the growing demand for the teaching of media arts in the 21st century. It is a building on Palo Alto High School's (Paly), campus, which lays in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Over 600 students partake in the several aspects of media journalism that it houses, including newspaper, magazine, television, radio, website, video production, and photography. Over the past 15 years, journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki has founded six publications with the exception of The Campanile and Madrono, which were founded in 1918. In addition to these two publications, the program includes the publications Verde, Voice, Viking, C Magazine, InFocus, Proof, and Agora. The MAC was funded in 2008 by a bond passed in Palo Alto as well as a $2.9 million grant from the State of California. In addition, multiple foundations and families have donated to support the interior furnishings and equipment of the building. The goal of this journalism program is to provide state of the art, project based learning to students that will give them the collaborative, tech, writing, and innovative skills they need to create empowering work. For a tour of the MAC please email your information to:
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Agora is Paly's foreign affairs magazine. It originated three years ago as a club and later transitioned into a full print magazine. The magazine has five categories (Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle East) that is run by one student each. These leaders are called "desk heads" by the staff. Agora is very popular with it being the only foreign affairs magazine on campus.

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Proof is the arts and photography magazine of Palo Alto High School. It includes contributions from all of the Arts programs in the school, including photography class, as well as various aspects of arts for learning in the classroom for creative thinking. The classes that provide pictures for the publication are assigned to photograph the school or things that have significance to the events occurring in school. The magazine began as a section in the yearbook until advisor Margo Wixom branched it into her own publication in 2012. Containing endless styles and variations of art and photography, Proof is Paly’s most visual and conceptual magazine.
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Infocus is Paly’s on-air daily announcement show. Known as “the eyes and ears of Palo Alto High School”, Infocus covers campus and community news, details for school wide events, as well as entertainment and weather updates. The show was developed in 1999 as an offshoot of The Campanile until it separated into its own publication in 2001. In 2012, Infocus switched from cable co-op to live streaming episodes that are aired during either the third or fourth period of the day. As Paly’s only broadcast journalism publication, Infocus is the school’s daily update system.
KPLY, Paly Radio, broadcasts from the campus of Palo Alto High School in the Bay Area community of Palo Alto, California. KPLY was founded by eight dedicated students who had the vision to create a student-run radio station. Over the past two years, KPLY has seen many changes. We are excited to finally have a 24 hour/7 days a week internet station up and running. We hope KPLY will become a new voice for student news, entertainment, and music.
The Viking is Paly's student-run sports magazine that started in the 2007-2008 school year. The 64-page magazine features sports stories, covering recent Paly sporting events throughout the whole year, as well as delving into deeper more general issues surrounding high school sports. The Viking is published six times in the duration of the academic year. There was also a website made in 2011, which allows online access to magazine content, news briefs, game recaps, photos, and videos. Additionally, the staff runs a Twitter feed of sports scores from each of the 23 varsity sports played at Paly. Verde is Palo Alto High School’s source to the utmost sophisticated features and news regarding life in Palo Alto. Written by Paly students of the Advanced Journalism program, Verde continues to impress the students and the public of Palo Alto. Paul Kandell is currently the adviser for the magazine, but the first issue of Verde was published in the fall of 1999 under Esther Wojcicki and other staff. In its first year, the publication not only received a warm welcome from the Paly community, but it also won the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award, considered as one of the most prestigious awards in scholastic journalism. The next year, Verde accepted yet another major national award under Kandell, the Gold Crown Award of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. These two awards were received in the 2013-2014 academic year. Sixteen years later, Verde has been able to attain its reputation of excellence within the scholastic journalism community. The PALY Voice is a 24/7 source for the high school's news. Voice strives to incorporate all aspects of student life into its coverage, with emphasis on timely, reliable, and relevant content. Members of Voice believes that as high school journalists, their highest priority is to interact with the community in a meaningful way, with dedication to transparency, strict adherence to journalistic ethics, and a commitment towards publishing student content. The Media Arts Center in photos: