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Idaho high school wins digital camera from ASNE

RESTON, Va. — The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. Wendy Johnson, the school’s journalism adviser, won a digital camera for the school at April’s high school journalism convention.

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Sarah Leonhardt takes a photo of Maria Roetto, Wendy Johnson, Becky Ann Bishop in Kuna High School’s journalism room. The school won the digital camera from ASNE.

Johnson won the Nikon Coolpix 880 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco. Her program is using it to help publish Kuna High’s newspaper, The Echo.

"Having the digital camera allows us to have one more tool to produce a quality student publication," Johnson noted. "The camera also allows my students to see immediate results and become more efficient. We are saving time by using digital pictures instead of having to develop all our pictures in the darkroom."

The camera will allow Johnson’s students to keep up to date in technology. "We are totally digital now. We don’t do any paste-up any more."

The leadership of ASNE was enthusiastic about Kuna High’s good fortune.

"We are thrilled to help put another school on the cutting edge of technology," said Susan Bischoff, deputy managing editor of the Houston Chronicle and chair of ASNE’s Education for Journalism Committee. "It gives Kuna’s students an advantage to hold and use a camera like this before they go into a modern newsroom and we’re glad we could help them."

Kuna senior girls Illene Bastian and Stacy Wallgren goof around in the hall at Kuna High. This photo was taken with the camera the school won.

Johnson’s colleague, Deb McGrath, entered the contest on Johnson’s behalf by visiting ASNE’s booth at the San Francisco journalism convention and filling out an entry form.

The camera takes pictures up to 3.34 megapixels (2,048 x 1,536 pixels) of resolution — professional quality.

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming Boston high school journalism convention.

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 850 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.