Tower is the award-winning newspaper of The Masters School. Tower is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), Journalism Education Association (JEA) and Quill and Scroll.

Tower has won several Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) awards for excellence in print and for digital packages. Tower has won 50 Best of SNO awards from 2019-2021, many of them being related to coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tower won third place in the NSPA Best of Show Broadsheet category, and took home fifth place for high school website in 2021. Tower Broadcast News won three NSPA awards in 2021, and the producer was awarded JEA New York Journalist of the Year. For the 2013-2014 school year, Tower won the NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker award for the broadsheet 8 or fewer pages category. Tower has also been awarded the gold medal by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019, 2020, and 2021.

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Comment policy:

Comments on stories are posted at the editorial discretion of the Tower staff.

Prior review and restraint policy:

In accordance with an official Journalism Education Association statement, Tower agrees that “the practice of administrative prior review [serves] no legitimate educational purpose. Prior review leads only to censorship by school officials or to self-censorship by students with no improvement in journalistic quality or learning.” 

Tower acknowledges that the administration of the school desires not to be embarrassed by the facts and opinions published in Tower, however, as a school that prides itself on student-centered learning and urges students to dare in their academic endeavors, free speech should be allowed and encouraged. Student editors, in consultation with Tower advisors and following Tower policies, should make all content decisions without prior review or restraint from school officials.

Takedown policy:

News pieces: We strive to be accurate and to follow all copyright and libel laws. We will make corrections to online stories when we do make mistakes. Prior to publication, our editorial board works to ensure the accuracy, and validity of each piece and to maintain a high ethical standard. If there is a request for a published piece to be removed, the editorial board will evaluate the request, and respond accordingly. If our counsel deems statements in a published piece to be libelous, and/or in violation of copyright laws, we will agree to requests to remove news stories. 

Opinion Pieces: As a student-run newspaper we try to balance being a historical record and a forum for students to take intellectual chances in their writing. We will not take down published opinion pieces unless information put forward in the piece is deemed to be false.

Letters to the editor policy :

Tower welcomes and encourages letters to the editor from our community. Tower reserves the right to edit all work for clarity, style and brevity. In addition, Tower reserves the right to not publish a letter if it does not meet the editorial board’s standards of civil discourse and relevance to our readers. All letters can be sent to

Tower Staff 2020-2021

Editors-in-Chief: Mitch Fink ’21, Kate Sibery ’21

(not pictured: Ethan Schlapp, George Chang)

Tower Staff 2019-2020

Editors-in-Chief: Michelle Wei ’20, Logan Schiciano ’21

Tower Staff 2018-2019

Editors-in-Chief: Emma Luis ’19, Alexandra Bentzien ’19

Tower Staff 2017-2018

Editors-in-Chief: George Weed ’18, Michael Fitzgerald ’18

Tower Staff 2016-2017

Editors-in-Chief: Courtney DeLong ’17, Allie Berdon ’17, Leo Psaros’17

Tower Staff 2015-2016

Editors-in-Chief: Mia(Yiyi) Ouyang ’16,Rajan Cutting ’16, Ariel Censor ’16


Tower Staff 2014-2015

 Editors-in-Chief: Abigail Costigan ’15, Sofia Linden ’15, Wen-Xuan Ni ’15


Tower Staff 2013-2014

Editor-in-Chief:  Teerin Julsawad ’14


Tower Staff 2012-2013

Editors-in-Chief:  Johanna M. Costigan ’13, Tyler Pager ’13, Noah Buyon ’13

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