Paly Media Arts: Empowering Student Voices
No matter the medium, we offer training and support
Media arts courses and publication options for every student
Preserving Palo Alto High School student voices since 1895
Learn about our student-run camp for rising 8th and 9th graders
Media Arts Center
Our 22,000-square-foot building serves hundreds of students each day
The Media Arts Center
The Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School supports the growing demand for the teaching of media arts in the 21st century. Built in the heart of Silicon Valley, the 23,000-square-foot building houses 600 students a day engaged in photography, video production, audio music production, multi-platform journalism (radio/podcast, television, print, web and social media) and more. The journalism program alone houses a competitive media marketplace for an ever-changing stable of between a half-dozen and dozen publications, including many award-winners and some titles (The Campanile newspaper and Madrono yearbook) dating back more than a century.
Palo Alto High School’s Camp MAC introduces students to journalistic skills through interactive and collaborative workshops, teaching them to see the world through a journalistic lens. Run by staff members of Paly’s nationally recognized journalism program, Camp MAC leads campers through the process of creating their own print magazine alongside their peers as a collaborative effort. Camp MAC will be sure to excite your child about journalism and will help them create lasting bonds before entering high school.
Paly Journalism Archive
The Paly Journalism Archive preserves over 120 years of student voices by digitizing award-winning Paly publications from 1895 to present day. Explore this unique collection, which offers student perspectives on important local, national and international events.
This entirely searchable collection presents each issue in its original form in addition to a text-only version. Each article can be “clipped” and shared individually by just clicking on the article. Browse by title or date or explore the growing list of topic collections.
Honoring four decades of commitment to Paly journalism from adviser Esther Wojcicki, expect a major upgrade to the archives collections in Fall 2021 thanks to generous grants to the MAC Boosters from the Anne Wojcicki Foundation and the Troper Wojcicki Foundation.
Click on a Faculty member’s image to read more about them
We’re looking forward to talking with you about the MAC and its programs. Contact individual teachers at their @pausd.org addresses. Or write to us at [email protected].