English teacher Bobby Todd initially began Granite Hills’ newspaper, The Grizzly Gazette, in 1999. Evan Hackett became the adviser in 2003 and transitioned the school paper from newsprint to online because of increasing production costs. The National Scholastic Press Association named The Gazette an Online Pacemaker finalist in 2006 and 2012, and winners in 2007 and 2008. The Gazette earned a silver crown in the Colombia Scholastic Press Association.
The Gazette staff consists of 45 students, freshman to senior level, who update and post daily during zero and first periods. Reporters also Tweet breaking news to readers throughout the day. The Gazette staff works with 30 PC computers and three Macs.
The paper is hosted with HostGator.com and produced with the open source Joomla 1.5 content management system. The template was purchased from Rocketheme.com and redesigned by Gazette Website engineer, Erik Bartlett. The graphics and images are created with Photoshop and Illustrator and the sounds are produced with Soundtrack and Garage Band. The Gazette staff uses Canon XL2 and Sony HD video cameras to record their footage. The videos are produced with Final Cut Pro; the podcasts are edited with Audacity; and the slideshows are produced with iMovie. All media is hosted by Ooyala.com.
The Grizzly Gazette is a member of the American Society of News Editors and utilizes their photo services through the MCT Campus program. The Gazette utilizes this service to provide its readers with photographs that the Gazette staff is unable to take for articles and editorials that deal with national and international events.
The Gazette staff plans on redesigning and using Joomla 2.5 CMS for the second semester of the 2012-2013 school year.