ERIC Number: ED378593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Publishing a School Newspaper Using Computer Technology.
Whitney, Jeanne; And Others
By publishing a quarterly school and community newspaper, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders get involved in the writing of many types of articles, proofreading, communication skills, interviewing skills, investigative reporting, photography, artistic and graphic design, and computer technology. As the students work together on each issue of the school paper, they develop enthusiasm, commitment, responsibility, respect for each other, community awareness and appreciation, and the importance of working together for a common goal. Students meet with the editor about 4 weeks prior to publication to discuss newsworthy events and issues. Students work on their chosen areas for the paper in their free time. Frequent meetings keep the process moving. Articles are proofread and the layout committee designs the pages. Materials needed include a computer, a laser printer, a desktop publishing program, and access to a commercial printing service or a school copy machine. The time factor takes a lot of cooperation from the regular classroom teachers of the students working on the newspapers. Publishing a newspaper for the school and the community is a way for townspeople and the student population to gain a new appreciation of each other. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Center for Educational Services.