The Beckman Beat and the Beckman Chronicle: What’s the Difference?

Comparing Beckman’s Broadcast Journalism class and the magazine club, the Beckman Chronicle

October 8, 2019


The top logo is the Beckman Beat logo, and the bottom logo is the Beckman Chronicle logo. Both logos were designed by Stephanie Xu.

Every new year comes with its share of new clubs. But, wait a minute, what is this new Beckman Chronicle Club on campus? And isn’t there already a Journalism class for that? 


Throughout the years, our Journalism class has confronted many new changes: previously, our adviser was Mrs. Sanjurjo, who preceded Mr. Tanara, who preceded Mr. Broguiere, who preceded our current advisor, Mr. Boice. Whew. That was a lot. 


This year, we have rebranded, becoming the Broadcast Journalism class instead of just Journalism, renaming our website to the Beckman Beat instead of the Chronicle and branching out to many different forms of media, including film and photography instead of just writing. The Broadcast Journalism class now includes students from the former Journalism class and is combined with the Independent Film class, composed of students who have studied and produced their own films for over two years. 


In previous years, you may have noticed the hundreds of colorful magazines floating around the school with the words Beckman Chronicle unmistakably plastered on the cover. That magazine, produced two to three times a year for the past two years, was directed by the students of the Journalism class (that’s us!). 


So why is there a Beckman Chronicle Club this year? 


Since the new Broadcast Journalism class now focuses on the Beckman Beat website and short feature-style documentaries in BTV, the production of our magazine has become the responsibility of the club. Stephanie Xu, Cynthia Le and yours truly–the Editors-in-Chief of the Beckman Beat–are working in collaboration with Leena Shin, a four-year Journalism student and editor of the Beckman Beat, as Editors-in-Chief of the Beckman Chronicle


While the Broadcast Journalism students work on the Beckman Beat website and BTV documentaries, the Beckman Chronicle club members will be busy perfecting Volume III of the Beckman Chronicle magazine. This year will feature two publications of the magazine: the long-awaited winter edition and our beloved senior edition. 


A side-by-side comparison of the Beckman Beat and the Beckman Chronicle. (Created by April Wang)

Simply put, the Beckman Beat is the multi-media website produced by the Broadcast Journalism class, and the Beckman Chronicle is the magazine produced by the Beckman Chronicle Club.


Since Beckman Chronicle is a club, that means, yes! You can join us in our magazine production process. We are opening up the club to everyone at Beckman! 


Every club member will have the opportunity to contribute to the magazine, either writing an article or submitting ideas for magazine content; however, if you would like to take on a bigger responsibility in the process, you can also apply for an editorial position and directly help us with the magazine production. 


On the other hand, the Broadcast Journalism class does not have editorial positions or applications to join. If you would like to get involved with the Beckman Beat website and BTV, you can register to join the class during the 2020-2021 school year to join our wonderful staff. 


But don’t worry! You can still contribute your articles to the Beckman Beat as a freelancer. Freelancing is an amazing opportunity to contribute to either the Beat or the Chronicle–or both! If you would like to contribute to the website or magazine but don’t want to join the class or apply for an editorial position in the club, you can submit articles or digital media to both the Beat and the Chronicle for publication. From there, the Editors-in-Chief and editors will review your submission. 


For now, don’t forget to keep refreshing the Beat website for upcoming articles and films, and make sure to keep an eye out for Volume III, Edition I of the Beckman Chronicle!


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One Response to “The Beckman Beat and the Beckman Chronicle: What’s the Difference?”

  1. Mrs. Sanjurjo on October 14th, 2019 6:18 pm

    Go journalism! Happy to see you evolving as a class but also keeping print journalism alive as well. Good luck this year! I look forward to seeing what you do with the Beat and Chronicle.

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