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ASNE’s my.highschooljournalism.org to host high school newspapers’ Web sites for free

ASNE’s my.highschooljournalism.org to host high school newspapers’ Web sites for free

Nov. 12, 2001

RESTON, Va. — Building on the yearlong success of its highschooljournalism.org Web site, the American Society of Newspaper Editors announced today that it would begin hosting high school newspaper Web sites in early 2002.

“We see this as an extension of our commitment to scholastic journalism,” said Tim J. McGuire, ASNE president and editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. “This initiative will make it possible for many high schools to start newspapers or give existing publications an online presence. It’s crucial that we encourage teens to become involved in school papers in the hopes that some find journalism to be an fulfilling, challenging career.”

Highschooljournalism.org, launched by ASNE in October 2000, helps student journalists learn more about the craft and helps advisers teach it more effectively. Additionally, guidance counselors are provided with information about careers and other opportunities in journalism. Daily newspaper editors are encouraged to participate in all these areas.

The new hosting service, set to debut early in 2002, will allow all high schools – regardless of whether they have a printed newspaper – to practice journalism and post their stories and images on a robust, easy-to-use Web site.

Other than a one-time sign-up fee of $25, the hosting services will be free. ASNE will provide Web tools, space and support materials to any high school that asks for it. Participants will receive a CD-ROM of templates and information to help them hook up to the system. The organization is sending informational postcards to high schools across the country this month.

The ASNE high school journalism initiative is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Eric Newton, director of journalism initiatives for the Knight Foundation, said he was pleased with ASNE’s enterprise in developing the hosting service.

“There is no longer any excuse for 40 percent of our high schools to have inadequate student media, or none at all,” Newton said. “ASNE has created a quick, easy, inexpensive way to get practical, citizenship-building education about the role of news back into the nation’s high schools. All we have to do is check out highschooljournalism.org”

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 promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities. The foundation, based in Miami, supports training and education of current and future journalists.