News & Media from the Greenies of Christ School

The Stump

News & Media from the Greenies of Christ School

The Stump

News & Media from the Greenies of Christ School

The Stump

About The Stump & CSBN

The Stump is your source of news and media directly from the student journalists of Christ School. The Stump as well as Christ School Broadcast Network (CSBN) have recently joined forces on one website to bring you news, entertainment and information. Whether you’re looking for a news story from campus or the broadcast from last week’s soccer match, this is the place to be.

The history of journalism at Christ School is a rich one, with our earliest publications dating back to Susan Wetmore’s 1900 newsletter, The Galax Leaf. This is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as today we now boast several different publication mediums. These include The Galax, The Struan, CSBN and now The Stump website.

Christ School’s roots have journalism intertwined with them as far back as you could trace, with the Christ School archive serving as a home for most Christ School publications.

The Stump‘s new logo, with artwork by Jack Lee ’21.
A Christ School newspaper from 1950.

Written Roots

The origin of the Christ School newspaper is one of great depth. The original paper was a newsletter published by Mrs. Wetmore started back in 1900, which over time eventually became The Christ School News which was run by Reed Finley and Ben Hale. Following this in 1989, Mary Jane Morrison started on the beginnings of what is now the Christ School magazine publication, The Galax.  At this point, the publication of the newspaper was inconsistent at best. However, this changed when Mrs. Mary Dillon came in and started The Galax Leaf, which ran from 2003 until 2011. After this, there was a brief period where there wasn’t a paper. This silence was broken, however, thanks to a student named Coles Manning ‘19. During his sophomore year in 2016, he suggested to English and now journalism teacher Mrs. Dillon that Christ School should have a student run newspaper. With overwhelming support for the idea among his classmates, The Stump was born, with its first official publication being released in the spring of 2017. It has been going strong ever since, with several strong years of leadership from Coles and Jack Adams ‘20.

Mrs. Dillon, Will McNichols ’19, and Coles Manning ’19 during The Stump’s first year.
The name for The Stump comes from the Christ School punitive tradition of “digging a stump.”

Sharpening our Digital Ax

CSBN, on the other hand, is a bit newer to the Christ School journalism party. The idea for a broadcast network started back in 2012, when a few Varsity Football games were streamed from the roof of Pingree Auditorium. At the time, they garnered the name GSPN, a play on ESPN. At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Mr. Weathersbee was hired. Coupled with Mr. Krieger’s decision to invest in the program and install dedicated internet cables on Fayssoux Field and in The Greenie Dome, the broadcast program was destined to blossom. The following school year, Mr. Weathersbee took over the program, officially rebranding the program to CSBN. The program continued to pick up steam, with some of its original crew featuring alumni such as Stockton Burke ‘16, High Garst ‘16 and Thomas Garbee ‘16. Each of the following years, CSBN has seen a rise in viewership and participation, and continues to grow daily. As of 2020, almost every varsity home sporting event is broadcast, giving more and more people an opportunity to view the Greenies of Christ School in action.

Robert Dong ’21 operates the camera during a CSBN Football broadcast.
Christ School Broadcast Network’s logo.

Now, Christ School journalism is going stronger than ever, with over 20 active student contributors. Filled to the brim with podcasts, print stories, videos, broadcasts, reviews and more, The Stump has become the new home of all things Christ School. The future is bright, and we hope you might find something to enjoy here.

Thank you for your active participation in supporting Christ School’s journalism program!

This page written by Jackson Fender ’21.

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