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Phoenix high school wins digital camera from ASNE

RESTON, Va. — The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix. The adviser is Jill Jones.

Jill Jones

Jones won the Nikon Coolpix 880 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, Corner Stone.

Photos by Jill Jones

Members of the staff work on the next issue of Corner Stone, the student newspaper of Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix. In the front row are, from left, Rocio Duran, Mary Govis, Cheston Patterson and Zayra Herrera. In the back are Fernando Pak, Patti Lacey and Marcia Arroyo.

"We really need another camera," she noted. "One of our two digital cameras died at the beginning of the school year and we had to dip into our precious school funds to purchase another one. Trying to share two digital cameras with an entire newspaper staff isn’t easy."

Jones anticipates it will solve a problem that has crept up lately: "When we have more than one sporting event at a time, it has been very difficult to get pictures."

But more than helping coverage, she thinks it will inspire her students.

"Our school is in the inner-city in Phoenix, and often the students feel overlooked and neglected," she noted. "This camera will be a shot in the arm and will help boost their morale, because they truly do deserve something nice to use when creating a school newspaper."

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

"We’re glad to help another high school advance to the latest technology," said Judy Pace Christie, editor of The Times in Shreveport, La., and chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee. "And I’m especially glad to hear that it will help their paper’s coverage. That’s one of our key goals on the project: teaching what real journalism is like. What better way to do that than to use the technology newspapers use and to do it on deadline?"

Mary Govis, Valerie Morales, Zayra Herrera and Rocio Duran are staff members of Corner Stone.

Jones entered by visiting ASNE’s booth at the Dallas journalism convention and filling out an entry form.

"When I received that phone call about winning …, I was so surprised you could have scraped me off the floor," Jones noted. "I never expected to win, with so many people entering the drawing. My students are also excited."

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming Portland high school journalism convention in April, where it will give away another camera.

Jones has another connection to ASNE: She attended the 2001 ASNE High School Journalism Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa, an experience she said she treasured.

"During the two weeks I learned so much about journalism. My background is math, so I have a lot to learn. … After my summer Institute program, I felt empowered to go to my administration and ask to teach a journalism class" at Hayden, which she doesn’t think ever had such a class.

A copy of Corner Stone

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; highschooljournalism.org, a Web site for people interested in improving scholastic journalism; and my.highschooljournalism.org, a site for hosting high school newspapers.

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, readership, 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 $169 million to the field.