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Georgia high school wins digital camera from ASNE

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Ga., The adviser is Diane Shearer.

Diane Shearer

Shearer won a Nikon Coolpix 3200 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Atlanta. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, the Blue and Gold.

"We are thrilled to have a second digital camera," Shearer noted. "Our funds come
only from subscribers and advertisers, so money is always very tight. Now I won’t have to hear a photographer say he can’t complete a photo assignment because somone else has the camera."

Shearer says that the organization has made a big difference in more than one way.

"ASNE has been the single most important factor in my having so much more to bring to my teaching of journalism. In 2002 I attended the (ASNE High School Journalism Institute) at the University of South Florida and learned so much that has proved helpful in my teaching and helping my students produce a newspaper."

Blue and Gold staffers Johanna Chotiwat and David Zandman work on the layout of the next edition of the paper while J.C. Boyle works on a story.

Following that Institute experience, Shearer felt empowered enough to fight censorship in her school district. Her principal was deeply supportive of this action and stood by her. They won and as a result of her support, Principal Cheryl L. Finke was named the JEA administrator of the year in 2003.

The leadership of ASNE was enthusiastic about the school’s good luck in winning the camera.

"Teachers like Diane Shearer are exactly the kind of people we want leading our next generation of journalists. And as a bonus we are glad to help a program as robust and diverse as Chamblee High," said Charlotte Hall, editor of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel and chair of the ASNE High School Journalism Committee. "I think it’s great and I hope to see the photographer who uses that camera shooting for a daily newspaper someday soon.."

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

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

The Blue and Gold

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.