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Kansas High School wins digital camera

Anita White

RESTON, Va. — ASNE’s High School Journalism Initiative has helped improve another high school journalism program: Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kan. The adviser is Anita White.

White won a Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera in a drawing ASNE held following the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago. The camera will be used in the production of the school paper, The Booster

For White, the camera will mean providing students with the type of experiences professional photojournalists have. But, more practically, it will allow "students to photograph events right up to the time we deliver the pages to the publisher" — something they couldn’t do with film cameras.

"The students were very excited when I informed them about the camera," White noted. "ASNE is a great resource for classroom journalism teachers and we are grateful for the opportunity to expand our resources to allow more students experience with digital cameras."

The Booster

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

ASNE will also have a booth at the upcoming San Francisco high school journalism convention in April, where it will give away another camera, something it’s been doing since 2001.

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; and the High School National Ad Network for bringing national advertising to scholastic newspapers. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Members of Booster staffers includes, from left, Raina Blanken, Brenna Christian, Matthew Wilson, Rochelle Herman, Lora Winters and Karen Phillips.

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.