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ASNE Partnership grants to revive, strengthen high school newspapers

Oct. 18, 2001

RESTON, Va. — The American Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation has awarded more than $65,000 to 21 high schools and 14 daily newspaper partners to revive or dramatically improve scholastic newspapers.

ASNE Partnerships are formed when editors of daily newspapers seek out a high school or schools in their community that are interested in nurturing scholastic journalism. The newspaper and school then apply to ASNE for a grant of up to $5,000 that is used to equip the school with the hardware and software needed to produce a student newspaper. A budget, statement of goals and timeline are required. In some instances, a local college or university journalism program signs on as a third partner.

The daily newspaper takes the lead in training and mentoring students, teachers and administrators who are interested in journalism.

“Both the professional journalists and student journalists find these partnerships productive and rewarding,” said Susan Bischoff, chair of the ASNE Education for Journalism Committee and deputy managing editor of the Houston Chronicle. “ASNE scholastic journalism initiatives are sparking a diverse generation of young people to pursue careers in print journalism and imparting a stronger appreciation for the First Amendment among all teens.”

This second round of ASNE Partnerships are part of an overall ASNE high school journalism program that was launched in the spring of 2000 and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In January of this year, ASNE supported partnerships between 31 schools and school districts and 27 daily newspapers, bringing the total to 52 high schools and 41 daily papers.

The 2001-02 academic year ASNE Partners are:

  • Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal and Rio Grande High School.
  • Baker City (Ore.) Herald and Baker High School.
  • The Bulletin, Bend, Ore. and Summit Senior High School.
  • The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Capitol High School.
  • Clanton (Ala.) Advertiser and Chilton County High School.
  • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Jackson State University’s Department of Mass Communications and eight high schools in the Jackson Public School District: Bailey Magnet School, Callaway High School, Forest Hill High School, Jim Hill High School, Lanier High School, Murrah High School, Provine High School, Wingfield High School.
  • The Dallas Morning News and David W. Carter High School.
  • Florence (Ala.) TimesDaily, Colbert Heights High School, Tuscumbia, and the University of Alabama’s Program for Rural Services and Research.
  • Mobile (Ala.) Register, Hillcrest (Ala.) High School and the University of Alabama’s Program for Rural Services and Research.
  • Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, Montgomery County High School and the University of Alabama’s Program for Rural Services and Research.
  • Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner and Dunnellon (Fla.) High School.
  • The Oregonian, Portland and Roosevelt High School.
  • Wellington (Kan.) Daily News and Wellington High School.
  • York (Pa.) Daily Record and William Penn High School.

Approximately 20 new partnerships for the 2002-03 school year will be funded at the end of next summer. Application forms will be distributed at the 2002 ASNE convention in April and will also be mailed to the editors of all daily newspapers in the U.S.

In the interim, applications will be considered depending on the availability of funding from ASNE.

Other key components of the ASNE initiative are:

www.highschooljournalism.org: A comprehensive Web site for students interested in journalism, their teachers/advisers, guidance counselors and newspaper editors. Regularly changing content includes skill-building exercises, sample lesson plans, a spotlight on high school newspapers across the country, interaction with professional journalists and updates on scholastic press freedom issues.

ASNE High School Journalism Institute: During the summer of 2002, 175 teachers committed to advising student newspapers will take part in a two-week, for-credit summer program. In 2001, 200 teachers were selected to take part in the Institute, which was held at six accredited colleges of journalism across the country. For more information on the ASNE Institute, please go to www.highschooljournalism.org.

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.