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Jo Zimmerman takes away more than information from JEA

Jo Zimmerman takes away more than information from JEA

The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative helped its first high school just after the November Journalism Education Association convention in Kansas City: Jo Zimmerman of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Photos provided by Jo Zimmerman

Thousand Oaks High School student Elaine Yang and newspaper adviser Jo Zimmerman work together on the iMac that Zimmerman won for the school from ASNE.

Zimmerman, journalism adviser for Thousand Oaks High School won an Apple iMac for her school in a drawing ASNE held following the meeting and is using it to help publish the school’s newspaper, The Lancer.

“To win such a versatile, new computer has given our entire program a lift, and we as a staff are very grateful,” Zimmerman said.

She said that the iMac was especially needed because the journalism program had just retired another computer. The school only provides three computers for 40 students; any additional ones must be obtained through fund raising or donations.

“We have a staff which is enthusiastic and innovative, but the down time waiting to use a computer (necessitated) after school hours and long weekends. Thank you very much for your part in enabling us to produce a quality paper on deadline,” Zimmerman said.

“We love our iMac.”

The leadership of ASNE was equally enthusiastic about the results.

Chris Chatfield, a section editor for The Lancer, works on the In-Depth section for the paper’s next issue.

“We are glad we can help student journalists even with this small gesture,” said Susan Bischoff, deputy managing editor of the Houston Chronicle and chair of ASNE’s Education for Journalism committee. “Journalists of all ages need to have up-to-date technology to do their work.”

Zimmerman entered by visiting ASNE’s booth at the Kansas City JEA convention and filling out an entry form. More than 300 people entered.

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming San Francisco convention of JEA. This time, some lucky entrant will walk away with a digital camera, courtesy of the High School Journalism Initiative.

Daniel Grosslight, a staff writer for The Lancer, works on his next story.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the High School Journalism Initiative serves scholastic journalism through the High School Journalism Institute, a summer program for teachers; the ASNE Partnerships program, which matches daily newspapers and high school journalism programs in need; and highschooljournalism.org, a Web site for people interested in improving scholastic journalism.

With about 900 members, ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers throughout the Americas. Founded in 1922 as a non-profit professional organization, ASNE focuses on the professional development of its members and journalism-related issues, including the First Amendment, newsroom staff diversity, journalism education, editorial innovation, journalism credibility and the newspaper’s role in providing information necessary to the informed practice of citizenship.

The Knight Foundation’s Journalism Program supports organizations engaged in the education of current and future journalists, journalism excellence and the defense of a free press worldwide. Since its first journalism grant in 1954, the Knight Foundation has made grants of more than $153 million to the field.