About The Fourth Estate
The Fourth Estate is a publication produced by the journalism class of Laguna Blanca School. Founded in 1994, the Fourth Estate is still going strong; still receiving national recognition with awards from the National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Press Association, and the Quill and Scroll Internation Honor Society; and is still attracting a waiting list of students eager to become part of its staff.
From its auspicious beginnings as an 8-page newsletter-sized paper to its current 48 page magazine formal, the school paper continues to evolve and improve. We cover a broad range of topics including news in the Laguna Blanca and Santa Barbara communities, student opinion, style, health, arts and entertainment, and more.
Laguna Blanca’s journalism program got its start in 1994 when eight students petitioned former Headmaster Mike Collins for a journalism class. Initially, Trish Mchale was hired to teach one class for one semester. After the first semester, all eight original students signed up again and were joined by eight more. The class has been filled every year since.
Each year at Laguna, a new group of editors is elected and eager to carry on the vision of the founders of The Fourth Estate, while creating and fostering their own vision of award-winning journalism.