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Nevada high school wins digital camera from ASNE

May 2, 2003

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. The adviser is Lizabeth Walsh.

Walsh won a Nikon Coolpix 885 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Portland, Ore.. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, Raider’s Digest.

Photos by Lizabeth Walsh

A member of the Raider’s Digest staff works on the latest issue of the Reed High School newspaper.

"I am thrilled that my staff and I won this camera," noted Walsh. "Because of this … my newspaper students will no longer have to wait for the yearbook kids to bring the camera back. Now they can have their very own camera to use for the events they are covering. Not only will this help our coverage, but it will also reduce tensions between the publications staffs."

Walsh was thankful to ASNE, as well. "ASNE was very generous in offering this camera to the advisers who signed up for the drawing."

Walsh prefers digital equipment for her journalism students, but noted that they weren’t always using the most current technology.

"We are constantly being broadsided by the stunning lack of technology in our schools. We simply do not generate enough money to keep up. Now the students in journalism will have more changes to use and become familiar with the technology that the real world is using," she said."

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

"When I see that we can help teachers like Lizabeth Walsh — who want to bring the latest technology to their kids so they’ll be ready for the real world — I know that we’re doing the right thing," said Jeff Cohen, editor of the Houston Chronicle. "This is exactly why we give this technology away: to help journalism programs and improve the work these kids are doing." Cohen is 2003-04 chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee.

A student reads over some copy before its printed in the paper.

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

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming Washington, D.C., high school journalism convention in November, where it will give away another camera.

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.