The Minerva Quest, founded in August 2015, is the independent, student-produced news source for the Minerva Schools at KGI community and all interested readers. Our utmost priority is to serve as an outlet for student voice by presenting and distinguishing facts from fiction and upholding ourselves and our peers to the values of journalistic integrity. We are effectively the student newspaper.
Minerva Schools at KGI
Minerva Schools at KGI is a new university founded in 2013 in San Francisco, which aims to provide an innovative, global liberal arts education based on the science of learning and prepare its students for a globalizing world. Students spend their first year in San Francisco and then a semester each in Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei. Currently, Minerva consists of roughly 450 students in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The student body is incredibly diverse, with over 60 countries represented and no country comprising more than 25% of the student body. In addition to our University news section, you can read more about Minerva on its website, in multiple (dated) news articles (The Atlantic, New York Times, PBS Newshour) and on Wikipedia.
Minerva’s combination of pedagogy, innovation, diversity, and travel has produced both uniquely positive but also stressful experiences. Early on, Minerva students did not immediately see the need for a college newspaper in such a small institution, but the Minerva Quest has from day one believed that it is precisely this unique and rapidly evolving context at Minerva which necessitates strong, independent journalism and a dynamic forum for student voice.
The Quest aims to leverage the unique nature of Minerva Schools to the fullest:
Geographic Diversity: The vast geographic diversity of the student body — with over 60 countries represented and none in the majority — offers an unprecedented variety for a college newspaper of different perspectives on global events and trends, and we aim to use that body of knowledge to provide high-quality writing on the issues that matter.
Global Rotation: Minerva’s program brings its students to seven cities across four years, currently San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei. The Quest has the unique opportunity to become the first college newspaper with correspondents in multiple cities at the same time, and so we aim to use this to our advantage to provide college student perspectives on a variety of global locations and events. However, this rotation also presents the challenge of very little in-person interaction between classes, limiting the ability of student organizations to grow and pass on information over generations. The Quest aims to close that gap and serve as a bridge between classes, not only by enabling students across cities to share their experiences with each other, but also through the inter-cohort coordination which is necessary for the Quest to continue to function.
Digital and Innovative: Minerva School’s core philosophy is one of disruptive but open-minded innovation. The curriculum and student experience programming is predicated on the notion that higher education needs to undergo rapid shifts to adapt to the 21st century. The Quest seeks to embrace this same philosophy in the realm of media, maintaining what works in traditional journalism but embracing the trends in online and contemporary media.
We believe the Quest completes an essential “trinity” needed for a healthy community, of Minerva administration and staff, student government (Associated Students of Minerva), and student media. The ASM formally represents the student body to Minerva and holds it accountable, and the Quest aims to hold the ASM and Minerva accountable.
Achievements (Last updated December 2017)
- Published 80 articles and other media, 40 alone in this last semester, on a wide range of topics.
- Surpassed 20,000 page views and gained a readership of at least 2000 people from 521 cities in 73 countries — Four times Minerva’s entire student body.
- Successfully established a presence in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 following the Inaugural Year, with 36 total staff (eight percent of the student body).
- Provided continuous coverage on the Associated Student of Minerva (ASM).
- Launched a partnership with the Meekly, Minerva’s satire group, to publish their content on our website, provide editorial assistance, and help expand their reach to other classes.