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ERIC Number: ED361728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 29
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Inner City High School Newspapers: An Obituary?
Arnold, Mary
The purpose of the study reported here was to determine how many inner city school newspapers had folded in recent years and why they ceased publishing. A random sample of 267 or 25% of the total large central metropolitan (inner city) secondary schools was generated. Principals of 149 such schools replied to the simple, one-page questionnaire. Results indicated that: (1) 85% of the schools published a newspaper; (2) most of the schools that stopped publishing their newspapers did so between 1988 and 1993; (3) lack of funds for production costs was the most frequent reason given for stopping publication; and (4) inner city schools published their newspapers much less frequently than high schools across the nation. The most alarming concern is whether the trend of the last 5 years will continue over the next 5 years, resulting in another 135 or more newspapers ceasing to publish by the end of that time. Several models are available for helping newspapers and universities to become involved with inner city schools in their areas. Findings suggest that, while there are real problems and some alarming trends, the student newspaper is still alive in 85% of the nation's inner city schools. (Seven tables of data and 41 notes are included; an appendix of data, and the survey instrument are attached. Contains 32 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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