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ASNE Partnership funding hits highest level ever

Aug. 5, 2005

RESTON, Va. – The American Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation has awarded $166,500 to 39 schools to be mentored by 34 dailies in an effort to start or dramatically improve student newspapers.

“This is our most generous year in terms of the funding partnerships, with strong participation of daily newspapers,” said Jeffrey D. Cohen, 2005-06 chair of ASNE’s High School Journalism Committee and editor of the Houston Chronicle.

“Entire school communities benefit immeasurably from an independent student press, gaining a heightened awareness of the world around them and a tangible reminder that the First Amendment matters.”

Between 2001 and 2004 ASNE awarded $641,301 in grants to 171 schools, a Boy Scout council and a city-wide teen publication that partnered with 115 daily newspapers.

Adding in this year’s partnerships, the grand total comes to $807,801 to 210 schools that have partnered with 130 daily newspapers.

ASNE Partnerships develop when editors of daily newspapers seek out a local high school that does not have a school newspaper or one that needs help. Volunteers from the newspaper and school identify needs and brainstorm an academic-year journalism mentoring program for students, teachers and administrators.

Once this groundwork is laid, the daily newspaper and school can jointly apply to ASNE for a grant of up to $5,000 that is used to equip the school with the hardware and software needed to produce a student newspaper. A budget, statement of goals and timeline are required.

Progress is measured by what is produced: an independent, quality student newspaper that publishes regularly.

ASNE’s five major high school initiatives, which include partnerships, are detailed below.

In this round of partnerships, 16 (41 percent) are in schools in which young people of color make up a majority of the students.

To view the complete list of ASNE Partnerships from 2001 to present, go to:

The 2005-06 academic year ASNE Partners are:

  • Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, Waterloo High School, Atwater, and Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Brainerd (Minn.) Dispatch and Pillager High School.
  • Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier and Abingdon High School.
  • Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo., and Centauraus High School, Lafayette.
  • Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, Deltona High School and Daytona Beach College.
  • Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Taylorsville High School.
  • Houston Chronicle, Dwight D. Eisenhower Senior High School and Houston A+ Challenge.
  • Journal-Advocate, Sterling, Colo., and Sterling High School.
  • Lancaster (Pa.) New Era, and J.P. McCaskey High School.
  • Los Angeles Daily News, Woodland Hills, and Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks.
  • Los Angeles Times and James Garfield High School.
  • Marshfield (Wis.) News-Herald and Columbus Catholic High School.
  • MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass., and Framingham High School.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Golda Meir School.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Harford University School for Urban Explorations.
  • Petoskey (Mich.) News Review and Harbor Springs High School.
  • Santa Maria (Calif.) Times and Pioneer Valley High School.
  • The Californian, Salinas, and North Monterey County High School.
  • The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and Olympic High School.
  • The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, La., and Northside Senior High School.
  • The Honolulu Advertiser and Kapaa High School.
  • The Intelligencer and News-Register, Wheeling, W.Va., John Marshall High School, Glen Dale, and Bethany College.
  • The Journal Times, Racine, Wis., and Case High School.
  • The Kentucky Enquirer, Fort Mitchell, and Holmes High School.
  • The Kentucky Enquirer, Fort Mitchell, and Newport High School.
  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, and Guthrie High School.
  • The Ottawa (Kan.) Herald, Central Heights High School, Richmond.
  • The Repository, Canton, Ohio, and Alliance High School.
  • The Repository, Canton, Ohio, and McKinley High School, Canton.
  • The Repository, Canton, Ohio, and Perry High School, Massillon.
  • The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and C.K. McClatchy High School.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Riverton High School.
  • The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., and St. Benedict’s Preparatory School.
  • The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and Hillsborough Senior High School, Tampa.
  • The Washington Post’s Young Journalists Development Project and Bell Multicultural High School.
  • The Washington Post’s Young Journalists Development Project and McKinley Technology High School.
  • Times Union, Albany, N.Y., and Rensselaer Middle/High School.
  • USA Today, McLean, Va., Falls Church High School, and the Prime Movers Project at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Wisconsin State Journal, Madison and LaFollette High School.

In addition, two past ASNE Partnerships received additional financial support:

  • Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, and Voices: Community Stories Past and Present, a city-wide teen publication.
  • Times Union, Albany, N.Y., and Bethlehem High School, Delmar, N.Y.

Applications for 2006-07 academic-year Partnerships will be mailed in March to editors of all daily newspapers in the U.S. and distributed in April at the ASNE Convention in Seattle.

The other four key ASNE High School Journalism initiatives are:

  • Highschooljournalism.org: An educational Web site for aspiring journalists, their teachers, guidance counselors and newspaper editors. Regularly updated content includes skills-building exercises, lesson plans, scholarships, training opportunities for teachers and students, interaction with professional journalists, updates on scholastic press freedom issues and links to university journalism programs.
  • ASNE High School Journalism Institute: A competitive, expenses-paid, two-week journalism-training program for high school teachers held at five universities. Every summer, 150 newspaper advisers will earn at least three graduate or continuing education credits. Tuition, transportation, housing, meals and materials are covered through ASNE. The Institute just completed its fifth summer and has produced 850 graduates.
  • My.highschooljournalism.org: A cost-effective way for newspapers to get online. Ink-on-paper publications gain electronic search and archiving capabilities. A one-time $25 application fee covers the cost of journalism materials for the school. Hundreds of high schools utilize this service. We also publish a weekly National Edition that features some of best stories online. Middle and elementary school newspapers are hosted at my.schooljournalism.org.
  • ASNE/KRT Campus High School Newspaper Service: In an exclusive arrangement with ASNE, Knight Ridder/Tribune offers stories, photos, graphics, illustrations and Web content for use in high school newspapers and journalism classes. ASNE charges a one-time $50 fee to cover basic administrative costs. More than 750 high school newspapers have signed up.

ASNE is the principal organization of the top editors at daily newspapers throughout the Americas. Founded in 1922, 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, based in Miami, supports organizations engaged in the education of current and future journalists.

For more information contact:
Diana Mitsu Klos
ASNE Senior Project Director
703-453-1125; dmk@asne.org