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California high school wins digital camera from ASNE

Dec. 18, 2003

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Norte Vista High School in Riverside, Calif. The adviser is Kris Janewicz.

Kris Janewicz

Janewicz won a Nikon Coolpix 885 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, The Arrow.

"I could not have been more thrilled when I received the news about the digital camera, noted Janewicz. "It comes at an ideal time; our current camera is no longer working and on our limited budget replacing it looked impossible."

Janewicz was thankful to ASNE, as well. "The staff of The Arrow would like to thank ASNE for this fabulous gift."

Janewicz and the editorial board of The Arrow.

The leadership of ASNE was also enthusiastic about Norte Vista High’s good luck.

"I’m so glad that we could help a teacher like Kris Janewicz — who wants to keep up with the latest technology so her kids will be ready for the professional world," said Jeff Cohen, editor of the Houston Chronicle. "This is a great example of why we give this technology away: to help journalism programs and improve the work these students are doing." Cohen is 2003-04 chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee.

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

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

The Arrow

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; my.highschooljournalism.org, a site for hosting high school newspapers; and my.schooljournalism.org, a site for hosting elementary and middle 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.