The East Rock Record


The East Rock Record, based at the East Rock Community & Cultural Studies Magnet School since 2013, is driven by the belief that students are powerful observers and reporters of happenings in their own community. The newspaper is supported by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs. Student journalists in grades 3-8 work with Yale student mentors — many of whom are journalists themselves — to plan, report and write each issue. ERR reporters cover the most pressing and interesting issues of the day, bringing curiosity and fresh questions to coverage of stories from elections to social media culture and school life. 

In the past, the newspaper was published twice a year, with 3,000 copies distributed throughout the New Haven community and to state legislators. The advent of this global coronavirus pandemic has led us to publish online. Students and mentors, meeting weekly on Zoom, have done all the things they always do — brainstorming ideas, doing research, conducting interviews, surveying students at East Rock School, talking through ideas and writing (and re-writing) stories.

For the first time, we started our spring journalism session with a two-week ERR Photojournalism Bootcamp during which we met with Brad Horrigan (Hartford Courant), Thomas Breen (New Haven Independent) and New Haven photo journalist/artist Leigh Busby. We spoke with them about how they “make” a photograph — and we went out and did this ourselves, too.

This issue we also began learning about and working with audio, thanks to the involvement of Yale mentor Allison Park, who is also a CNN audio intern. Look for our new podcast feature, East Rock Recorded. Click on logo to hear several opinion pieces read by the authors, along with two of our print stories reimagined as podcasts!

Above all, please enjoy this issue and appreciate the energy and joy our mentors and reporters offer as they dig into the stories that matter.

We do not publish letters to the editor, but are always happy to receive feedback. You can email us at [email protected] Follow us on Instagram @eastrockrecord.

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