About Us

Los Angeles Times High School Insider fosters a community of young readers, thinkers and storytellers to amplify and develop their voices on the issues that matter. We are committed to empowering a generation of young people to actively seek out, engage in and support a productive public discourse that will create a better future for us all.

The foundation of High School Insider is this user-generated content website where young people from around Southern California, across the country and even throughout the world can share the stories that matter to them. Beyond this platform, we also create opportunities for young people to develop their writing, media literacy and multimedia skills, connect with LA Times staff and immerse themselves in the field of journalism.

Please send any questions to Molly.Heber@latimes.com.

Meet Team HS Insider

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Molly Heber is the newest addition to the HS Insider team. As the Project Lead, Molly seeks out every opportunity to work alongside young people to elevate their voices through education, the arts and civic engagement. Prior to joining the LA Times, she worked with students, educators and schools across Los Angeles to ensure greater access to college and career-readiness supports and the arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Molly loves to travel, but deep down is all about California, having lived in Northern, Central and Southern California throughout her life.




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Isabella Balandran is a Co-Lead Producer for HS Insider and is a journalism major at Orange Coast College. After interning with HS Insider the summer before her senior year at Mater Dei, Isabella discovered and fostered her passion for journalism. Between running the backend of HS Insider and serving as an editor on her school newspaper, Isabella enjoys keeping up with news, watching live music and spending time with her family and dogs.





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Kevin Camargo is a Co-Lead Producer for HS Insider and is the college intern for the summer. He was a summer intern last summer and has been with HSI ever since. This summer marks his one year anniversary working at the Times. Kevin is a South East High School alumnus and former Editor-in-Chief of his school paper, the Jaguar Times. He is from the city of South Gate and enjoys covering his city through multimedia pieces. He is going into his second year at East Los Angeles College and is the Online Editor for the school’s paper, ELAC Campus News. Kevin considers himself the human-life Pandora because he can listen and jam out to any type of music. From Karaoke Night with the family to dancing in Quinceañeras, music is a big part of his life.




Getting Started

    1. See if your school is already participating

      Check on the to see if your school is already represented by clicking on Schools in the site header above. If so, send an email to molly.heber@latimes.com, and we’ll tell you about next steps.

    2. Sign up a faculty advisor

      If your school is not on the list, you need to find a faculty advisor. Sometimes that is the journalism teacher, but it can also be an English, history, or even physical education teacher. For teachers, being a HS Insider advisor is a minimal time commitment and the level of engagement is up to you. Students, feel free to print out or share this document with possible advisors.

    3. Send us a permission slip

      Each student who wants to participate must turn in a permission slip (click the links below).

      Students under 18 (you need permission from your parent or guardian) [English / Spanish] 

      Students over 18 [English / Spanish]  

      Please also read the Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy. Students should scan and email permission slips to molly.heber@latimes.com. At that point, we will send students a how-to guide for setting up a profile and posting their work.

    4. Request a visit from LA Times staff

      We try and visit every school that wants a visit to answer questions about the program and share with you more about the opportunities for involvement and L.A. Times journalism. Schedule your visit by filling out this quick google form here. If you want to present to your class, check out the 2018-2019 school visit presentation here.


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