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Arizona high school wins digital camera from ASNE

RESTON, Va. — The ASNE High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Sabino High School in Tucson, Ariz. A lucky chaperone entered for Cathie Parks, the school’s journalism adviser, and won a digital camera for the school.

Cathie Parks

Parks won the Nikon Coolpix 880 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Phoenix. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, Cat Tracks News.

Photos provided by Cathie Parks

Tonya Kirby, business editor for Cat Tracks News, talks to Amanda Pertusati, a page editor.

“We plan to use the camera for … most of our (photo) needs,” Parks noted. “Students will be learning technology that they can use in real-world journalism.”

The camera will allow Parks’ students to react quickly when news breaks.

“We will be able to function more smoothly, not needing to scan in all of our pictures,” she noted. “Digital cameras are the best to the last-minute needs, and we have those all the time.”

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

“We are so happy to help keep another high school current with technology,” said Judy Pace Christie, editor of The Times in Shreveport, La., and chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee. “Sabino’s students have an opportunity to use a camera like those used in modern newsrooms — without the need for darkrooms, chemicals or film. I’m glad ASNE could help them out.”

Cat Tracks News staffers at work: from left, Kenny Hedges, copy editor; Kat Schumacher, graphic editor, and Erin Bruce, a page editor.

A chaperone entered on Parks’ behalf by visiting ASNE’s booth at the Phoenix journalism convention and filling out an entry form. Parks, who was one of the organizers of the convention’s write-off competition, worked the whole time on that, she said.

“We had planned to purchase one this summer,” Parks noted. “Now we can use out funds for another purpose.”

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 Dallas high school journalism convention in November.

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.

A few copies of Cat Tracks News, Sabino High School’s paper.

With about 800 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.