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New Mexico high school wins digital camera from ASNE

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Capital High School in Santa Fe, N.M. The adviser is Mary Massey.

Mary Massey

Massey won a Nikon Coolpix 3100 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, The Jungle Gazette.

It means "high quality photos and more opportunities for my students to take more pictures," Massey noted. "Often there are times when students can’t take photos because of a lack of cameras. The majority of our students come from low socio-economic circumstances so they are not able to provide cameras of their own. This camera would definitely enhance my program."

Massey expressed her gratitude. "I thank ASNE for providing this camera. It’s just another way ASNE supports the advancement of scholastic journalism."

Members of The Jungle Gazette staff work on the next edition.

The leadership of ASNE was also enthusiastic about the school’s good luck.

"Capital High is exactly the kind of school we’re trying to reach with our programs. If we can inspire some of Ms. Massey’s students to go on to journalism, then we’ve done our job," said Charlotte Hall, editor of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel and chair of the ASNE High School Journalism Committee. "I hope they take some great pictures."

Massey entered by visiting ASNE’s booth at the San Diego journalism convention and filling out an entry form. "Little did I know when I went with my students to the ASNE booth at JEA that I would actually win …," Massey noted. "It’s a first for me!"

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

The Jungle Gazette

The ASNE 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; the ASNE/KRT Campus High School Newspaper Service, a wire service for scholastic newspapers; my.highschooljournalism.org, a site for hosting high school newspapers; and my.schooljournalism.org, a site for hosting elementary and middle school newspapers. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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 $193 million to the field.